Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-23-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1968 26' Overlander
West Richland , Washington
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 61
Lifting entire trailer

I'm getting ready to overhaul my 68 Overlander. Is there any problem with using the 4 scissor jacks that came on the trailer to raise the the entire trailer while I work underneath it? Are they stout enough to support the trailer or are they simply stabilizers?
__________________

__________________
JIMandPJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
3 Rivet Member
 
BWH-Utah's Avatar
 
1965 22' Safari
Salt Lake City , Utah
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 113
Images: 3
Don't jack up at four corners.

JIMandPJ Asked: Is there any problem with using the 4 scissor jacks that came on the trailer to raise the entire trailer while I work underneath it? Are they stout enough to support the trailer or are they simply stabilizers?

The 4 scissor jacks at the corners are only stabilizers. You should NOT use them to jack up the trailer.
The problem is that the trailer frame is designed to be supported under the middle where the axles are not at the four corners.
For long term storage, especially in areas where there is potential for snow load, the best approach is to jack it up and support it under the axles. I would recommend scissor jacks or jack stands, hydraulic jacks can slowly lower over time. I also put stabilizing jacks under the rear corners to insure there is no frame sag, I figure the front is supported by the tongue jack.

BWH
__________________

__________________
BWH-Utah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 10:56 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
1968 26' Overlander
West Richland , Washington
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 61
Easy Does IT

Thanks on how to use the leveling jacks. Next step is rear end work, floors, tanks, etc. Can someone chime in on the type of paneling that is available for the interior walls if I remove the molded panels in the rear end (bath, sink, toilet, etc).

I've seen birch plywood used but there must be other materials that is flexible but easy to work with. Any ideas?
__________________
JIMandPJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2010, 06:45 AM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
Cantrell's Avatar
 
1988 34' Limited
1960 24' Tradewind
Mt. Pleasant , South Carolina
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 379
Safety First

JIMandPJ,
Please use great care while working under a trailer that is jacked up. Airstreams are very stable when the tires are on the ground--not so much in the air.
Here is a thread that describes what can happen http://www.airforums.com/forums/f457...nds-58140.html
Whenever I have mine up in the air (bearing work, brake work, bellypan stuff, etc.) I like to put 6x6 wood cribbing under the frame at the axles instead of jack stands. Post #8 by Wabitteer in the above thread expands on how best to do it.
The potential for damage to the trailer and you is great and it isn't worth the risk.
Good luck,
__________________
Bill Cantrell
AIR 24338
TAC SC-1
__________________________________________________
Easily distracted by shiny objects.
Cantrell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 10:44 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
68 TWind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,420
A couple of things. If you have new axles, don't jack on the axle shaft. The mounting flanges are ok, but the tubes are not to be used as jack points. If you have original axles, they will need to be changed before you do much traveling, so if you are going to replace the old ones then jack under them.

TomW has a great and very detailed web sit that chronicles the restoration of his 67 Overlander. You will find a wealth of info : 1967 Airstream Overlander
__________________
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ready to buy & install entire 63 AS Interior... Zstream General Interior Topics 2 06-14-2009 10:34 AM
Entire Y assembly and dump valves FELL OFF! dalefox Classic Motorhomes 7 10-23-2008 02:52 PM
Lifting my 2007 flint Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 5 03-29-2008 04:41 PM
Entire Contents Of A 1967 Vintage Airstream - $100 SaabLover Interior Restoration Forum 4 03-18-2007 02:44 PM
lifting a trailer fanerd Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 1 09-12-2006 02:08 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.