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Old 12-13-2010, 06:12 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Dingram/Colo View Post
It seems like a good idea to store a trailer (25' Safari) for the winter raised on jack stands or scissor jacks to keep the tires from getting flat spots...
hi dave, welcome.

IF the issue is simply trying to avoid flat spotting,

-INFLATE the tires to 10 psi over the sidewall max (60 for Cs and 75 for Ds) while the trailer is dormant.

-high profile tires like these 75 series are much LESS prone to flat spotting, especially if inflated.

as others have mentioned the scissor jacks are STAB jacks, used only to reducing rock/roll while walking around inside.

Originally Posted by Dingram/Colo View Post
...The manual describes the two jack lift spots behind the rear axle, but no other info. Since the two rear jack locations are the only ones, I would assume I could raise the rear carefully, one side at a time, and in addition, use the tongue leveling jack to lift and level the frame...
YES one can use the factory designated jack points and the tongue jack to get air born...

this is exactly what the factory does.

but once it's UP there, placing reliable jack stands under the axle mounting plates and A frame would be useful.

screw/bottle jack stands offer the most adjustably but ratchet stands work too.

some folks use timber or blocks, but what ever is used make sure the BASE is solid and stable...

5 point support would be nicer than 3 point.

and IF u plan to do this, consider covering or removing the wheels while its UP there.

many many threads on this stuff, here is a good one,

with LOTS of pics n examples of steam'levitations...

whizzo had to leave his unit in storage for ~2 years and used the UP approach...

and bob cross regularly raises his unit and covers the hubs...

considering that many new streams sit on dealer lots for months,

lifting probably doesn't do much over one season.

these axles probably take a 'set' very early in life and elevating them doesn't UNdo this...

while exercising is great for most living things and some mechanical bits,

the testimonials and recommendations to "exercise rubber torsion axles" are without objective basis.

airing UP the tires is quick/simple and helpful for the rollin' rubber.


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Old 12-13-2010, 06:17 PM   #16
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As dzn says, put rated jackstands under the rear axle's mounting plate. That will relieve weight off the tires and not stress the frame. Trick that I use is to lower the tongue to the ground/as far as it will retract then place jackstands under the rear axle mounting plates then raise the tongue jack until about level. This puts the majority of the trailers weight on the stands and still allows the tires to be in contact for added stability. Now with all the thefts here in TX, I also lower the stabilizers (I'm on concrete), partially to keep it rock-steady when used as overflow housing and partially to slow down a would-be thief. I've also locked the tongue jack handle so that from start to end, it now takes about 25 minutes to get it ready to move...kind of a pain but worth the piece of mind.


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