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Old 06-01-2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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jacking up one side of trailer

OK, I heard about running one wheel up etc... but I need to have " both" wheels up on the same side. I have a 79' Tradewind that "was fine when I parked it" about 3 yrs. ago.
With two flat tires on one side, as soon as I started jacking up that side the other side tires lost air. Now if I am given a jack point aft of the rear wheel which is a very small area where do I put a jack stand when the floor jack is taking all the room? I would love to have the unit on four jack stands while I work on the brakes and bearings but on each side I need a jack point and a spot to add a stand. I don't notice a jack point in front of the forward wheels. Is there one? I have four flat tires, limited room between the deck and the bottom of the trailer. I have to admit that I jammed 2x4's under the vertical supports to keep from having a total belly flop.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Hi, your tongue jack holds the front of your trailer up. If you use a bottle jack on your axle brackets, you will have room to put jack stands on the same axle brackets. For safety, I put one jack stand under each axle bracket and one on each frame end, just in front of the rear bumper.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:37 PM   #3
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As ROBERTSUNRUS suggested, the axle bracket (the vertical piece of steel to which the axles are bolted) is the place to jack... on a double axle trailer, you can use a low profile car jack between the two axles to get the first side up on jack stands, which should be situated w/ one behind the rear axle and one in front of the front axle.

Be careful when lifting using a car jack as they tend to push things sideways... I use a bottle jack normally.

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Old 06-02-2010, 06:44 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advise. I just wanted to be sure I don't rack the frame or crack it.
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Thanks for the advise. I just wanted to be sure I don't rack the frame or crack it.
Yup... never hurts to make sure. Since the axles support that plate normally, lifting via the axle plate is safe. The plate can be supported w/o difficulties w/ a single jackstand anywhere along its length. I've had my trailer on two jack stands and the front jack for several weeks when changing axles; whenever possible I left a pair of tires on one axle or the other just in case of problems...

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