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Old 09-26-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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Sitting on a slope

We are parked on a sandy slope (sort of) its solid enough but not level, so I bought some jack stands and needed one of them for one side. I figure near the tires. I can't figure out the place to put it under thats correct where any sort of jack would go. Got any tips? axle?
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:14 PM   #2
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NOT AXLE.....I use jack stands on the axle plate only for storage. Four of them...just aft of the rear axle and just in front of the front axle.
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:19 PM   #3
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If the axle plate is the vertical metal (thats thick) and behind the tires, that is what I have decided to set one jack stand. I know not to use the levelers for jacking. Just thought there was a certain 'place' that a jack should be set under there.
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Sitting on a slope

The axle plate is the heavy vertical steel that the axle is bolted to. My 74 Sov was on four jack stands on the axle plates for over a year while I worked on her... Even after I had removed the axles.

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I just want to make sure we are all talking about the same thing. Because the vertical steel wall is all I see when looking underneath there...so that is what I am going to set one jack stand under...I just need about a four inch lift and am tired of a fridge door that swings open. lol.
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There is a very heavy vertical metal plate that each axle, and the shock absorber, is bolted to. That is what I'm talking about as the axle plate. I had my trailer supported solely on jack stands under those plates for quite a while.

That's the ONLY place I would place a jack for lifting, or a jackstand for support, on my trailer. I have a thread, Resurrecting Big Bertha, that has quite a few pictures of my trailer with the axles removed... I'll see if I can find one of the Jack stands on the axles plates.

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Best, and easiest, way to level on a slope is with the drive on Lego blocks...

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And, as previously stated, DO NOT Jack the trailer up, or place a Jack stand, on the axle tube. The bend of the tube sets up your wheel alignment. You really don't want to change that...

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We have been parked here for about four months...not realizing the kitchen side was settling -I usually would just take a two X four and back the tires up on it, but not this time. So I got a set of three ton jack stands and am going to use the one for the purpose of raising it a few inches (with a bottle jack first) then set the jack stand in place. Red I am sitting here if you find that link with photos.
Last year a fellow showed me how to replace the rings in the wheels which I did myself and him coaching...but we were using a floor jack on a pcked gravel parking surface and I just could not remember where we had it set.
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Go to my thread, "Resurrecting Big Bertha... or, How I Spent $30,000 On A $2,000 Trailer" and look at post number 171. The first picture in that post is a picture of the axle plate. Anywhere on that plate should be good. Still looking for a picture of the jack stands.

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About four or five pictures down you'll see a picture of the new axle installed with a jackstand right beside it...

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See if you can stick a link in here Red ---- ok nevermind I found it. Hey thanks, it always helps to get advice from you guys.
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Hope it helped... Sorry I couldn't stick the link in. I was headed out the door while posting...

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Maybe I'm missing something here - I carry several 2"x6" boards about 2 feet long that have one edge beveled. I use these to level from side-to-side by placing them just in front of the lower side's wheels and drive up on them. The front-to-back level is via the tongue jack, and then I lower the stabilizers. So, why the need for jack stands?
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I recommended the Lego blocks for leveling, but his question was about where to place a jackstand, so I also answered the question... My original leveling blocks were very similar to what you described, except made out of 2x10's.

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I recommended the Lego blocks for leveling, but his question was about where to place a jackstand, so I also answered the question... My original leveling blocks were very similar to what you described, except made out of 2x10's.

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The only reason to keep the trailer level, is for the reefer to work properly.

It's off level limit is 1/2 of a bubble, front to back or side to side.

If the reefer will not be used, then being off level doesn't matter.

For long term storage, for the larger Airstreams, use 6 jack stands.

Place 2 on the A-frame, just forward of the shell.

Place 2 on the frame as it enters the rear banana wraps.

Place 2 on the axle mounting plate, between the tires.

NEVER, EVER, on the axles.

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I recommended the Lego blocks for leveling, but his question was about where to place a jackstand, so I also answered the question... My original leveling blocks were very similar to what you described, except made out of 2x10's.

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You're right - but why would he need the jack stand on one side? Why not just level with the Lego blocks or boards?
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