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Old 09-14-2011, 09:11 PM   #15
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I don't go any further back than what's shown in my photo above.
I have used the tongue many times for added support with a jackstand.


Guess I just don't trust AS after the marked jacking point ended up being just a piece of aluminum tape with an arrow pointing to the LPG line for the WH....not such a good idea!

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Robert, is that little silver "bar" right at the LEFT edge of your pic a 2" X 2" aluminum piece riveted to the frame? If it is, THAT is the AS designated jacking point...not the label or anywhere between the label and the "patch" indicator.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:22 PM   #16
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Apparently, this is what they use at the JC factory, according to one member who had his rig there on many occasions. He stated several times on here that JC always lifted his trailer to do work using those indicated spots.

And he was talking about a 34-footer...

But this isn't the first time that this information (as printed in many Owners Manual over many, many years) has been disputed on our forum.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:11 AM   #17
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Robert, is that little silver "bar" right at the LEFT edge of your pic a 2" X 2" aluminum piece riveted to the frame? If it is, THAT is the AS designated jacking point...not the label or anywhere between the label and the "patch" indicator.

dzn,

yep & nope...the streetside is correct, (picture), ignoring the LPG line, the curbside is non-existant, nadda.
I prefer to jack where I can see how stable the jack is, no guessing involved.

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It might be helpful to show some photos of exactly where to jack and showing the jack in place. A "how to" video would be helpful also. Thanks.

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Old 09-15-2011, 06:10 AM   #19
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It might be helpful to show some photos of exactly where to jack and showing the jack in place. A "how to" video would be helpful also. Thanks.

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Old 09-15-2011, 07:04 AM   #20
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So if your hydraulic jack is placed between the two axles (?) for example, and you lift up one side of the trailer, where do you place the jack stands?
In front of, and to the rear of the axles, along the frame rail?
I never rely on the hydraulic jack to support the weight, only use it to get it up onto the jack stands.
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So if your hydraulic jack is placed between the two axles (?) for example, and you lift up one side of the trailer, where do you place the jack stands?
In front of, and to the rear of the axles, along the frame rail?
I never rely on the hydraulic jack to support the weight, only use it to get it up onto the jack stands.
The jack stands, should be placed "rearward" of the rear axle, on the axle mounting plates.

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Old 09-15-2011, 07:46 AM   #22
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This is the way I have jacked up the Classic since new.(for storage), I use ramps for tire changes.

I don't use a bottle jack, the one's I have do not have a large enough lifting pad to safely lift on the axle mounts.

You can see in previous post how I place the stands.

on edit.....jack placed behind front wheel looking back.

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Old 09-15-2011, 06:57 PM   #23
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The jack stands, should be placed "rearward" of the rear axle, on the axle mounting plates.

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Old 04-13-2012, 04:19 PM   #24
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Thanks for all the info. Have had my trailer for a year and wanted install metal valve stems and have the tires balanced.

Checked the owners manual, found the little aluminum squares under the rear frame rails and couldn't belive that was the point from which I was supposed to raise the entire side of the trailer. Seemed like changing the front tire on a '59 Caddy by using a bumper jack on the rear bumper.

Called the Mother Ship in JC and the tech support guy verified it. Still didn't seem like good common sense, so I read the info here on the forums.

Slipped my 8-ton bottle jack (made in the USA ) between the wheels under the axle plate and raised her right up.

Took the trailer to the tire shop the next day and they wanted to raise her with a floor jack under an axle. "Not unless you want to buy me new axles!" They didn't have a bottle jack... I did. They used my jack under the axle plates - easy as pie.

Thanks to all, especially Andy at Inland RV for the advice on this.


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All good data.. At first it sure seemed that thin lip sticking down from the frame was about all one had to work with but then like the picture above I placed my jack on the plate with the shock mount..

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Airstream's deignated jack points

Last year I used a bottle jack on the axle mounting plate while changing the tires.

Recently, I learned where the Airstream designated jack points are located. I also note that in my Owners Manual, Airstream says, "To CHANGE A TIRE with a jack see the label affixed to the underbody to the rear of the wheels. This label, says JACK [in blue letters] with an arrow and points to a [3"] plate riveted to the mainframe rail where the jack head must be placed." (The manual also mentions using a ramp to raise the trailer.)

It seems the trailer could be safely raised at these designated jack points (as others have mentioned observing at the Airstream Service Center) and then jack stands could be used to support the trailer weight during tire changing or repacking of bearings.
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Last year I used a bottle jack on the axle mounting plate while changing the tires.

Recently, I learned where the Airstream designated jack points are located. I also note that in my Owners Manual, Airstream says, "To CHANGE A TIRE with a jack see the label affixed to the underbody to the rear of the wheels. This label, says JACK [in blue letters] with an arrow and points to a [3"] plate riveted to the mainframe rail where the jack head must be placed." (The manual also mentions using a ramp to raise the trailer.)

It seems the trailer could be safely raised at these designated jack points (as others have mentioned observing at the Airstream Service Center) and then jack stands could be used to support the trailer weight during tire changing or repacking of bearings.
Using the factory labeled jack points, is somewhat dangerous.

If the jack is even slightly off center, it will slip and punch a hole in the underbelly.

But, why do you need a jack at all ????

If you wish to change a tire, simply pull the good tire on the same side up on a couple of 2 x 6's. The bad tire will be hanging in the air.

No chance of a jack slipping, no damage from a big gust of wind, no chance of the trailer slipping off the jack, AND, no safety hazard.

But, if you insist on using a jack, place it between the tires on the axle mounting plate. No risk of damage.

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