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Old 03-08-2015, 10:18 AM   #1
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Jacking points

I found the jacking points behind the wheels, however when I try to jack the trailer the metal begins to give. Is this normal?
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:43 AM   #2
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Have you searched around the area for more solid points? My 2006 has 6 inch aluminum plates riveted over the jack points. They are directly on hard points for solid jacking. Alternately you can raise one wheel at a time using Andersen levelers or blocks.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:23 AM   #3
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If yours is anything like mine, the jacking points are on just the c-channel frame rail, not even at a cross member. If you use the marked jacking point, put a ~2 ft. piece of 2x6 between the jack and the frame to help spread out the load. Alternatively, and probably a better choice if possible for what you're trying to do, jack on the axle plate. Good luck.

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Old 03-08-2015, 12:25 PM   #4
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I've used the jacking points that are marked the underside of my trailer. I typically use a floor jack with a 2x4 so that the wood is touching the jack point rather than the metal portion of the floor jack. That also spreads the load somewhat. I have a very heavy slide out unit and have used those jack points when changing tires and wheels.

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From what I've seen (I'm fairly new to Airstreams and the forum myself) on my '85 Sovereign, the jack points are simply thin pieces of aluminum attached with a single rivet to the belly pan, but directly under the main frame rail. Last Sunday, I re-packed the bearings, inspected the brakes and replaced the tires and wheels; I used a scrap piece of 2x6 wood between the jack and the plate. I noticed the belly pan aluminum flexed a little bit, but not much as it was still pushing against the frame. I would suggest caution and doing everything slowly to ensure your wood block is balanced well and to ensure it is sized and positioned so it won't potentially stress the aluminum so much that it could be pierced.
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Be safe.....use the axle mount plates. NOT the axle.


Some folks have poked holes in the belly pan using the 'marked' locations.

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I don't jack, I use a lift under one of the two wheels to lift the trailer.
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We also use a lift ramp under one of the wheels. After our back axle was bent by Camping World no more using jack points. Our back axle was wearing the tires on the inside. We ended up buying 2 new tires in CO and driving to Carrollton, TX where they measured the axle problem and bent it back. AS Ohio recommended them to solve the problem $400 later but better than the purchase of a new axle.
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We also use a lift ramp under one of the wheels. After our back axle was bent by Camping World no more using jack points. Our back axle was wearing the tires on the inside. We ended up buying 2 new tires in CO and driving to Carrollton, TX where they measured the axle problem and bent it back. AS Ohio recommended them to solve the problem $400 later but better than the purchase of a new axle.
What about single axle?

FWIW....how do you get all the wheels off?



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Be safe.....use the axle mount plates. NOT the axle.





Some folks have poked holes in the belly pan using the 'marked' locations.



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That is where I jack my trailer, simple, safe, and no doubt.


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