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Old 03-26-2008, 04:39 PM   #1
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Using the screw jacks for removing stress

Can you please tell me where you jack the trailer up with the hydraulic jack.

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Old 03-26-2008, 04:56 PM   #2
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Well if you listen to Airstream and look at some pictures that 2air took at Jackson Center you jack only at the jack plates which are under the front and rear of the trailer. They are small diamond shaped pieces of metal with a decal and arrow pointing towards them noting jack. I used them as jack points when I did my tire replacements this fall.

Now I have seen some folks also jack at the axle mounting plate which you can see exposed just between the tandem wheels.

I'm just curious if taking some weight off the axles is as beneficial as pulling all the weight off them. To me, if you can just raise high enough to noticeably see the trailer body raise in relation to the axle, you have taken the dead weight off that axle.

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Old 03-29-2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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Having just replaced all 4 tires this morning, I can tell you that both the jack point and the axle plate works. I prefer the axle plate only from the standpoint that I didn't care for how the initial contact and pressure on the jackpoint diamond flex'd the underbelly sheetmetal, even it if was very slight. Additionally on my unit, the brain trusts installed the water heater's LP line in the way of the jack point on the curbside. Doing Andy from Inlands test, I jacked up and rested the Safari on jackstands on one side, then the other until both sides were off the tires and on jackstands. I tried to open and close the door at various points. Door opened and closed as it normally did at all stages of the lift, so I'm of the opinion that I prefer the axle plate to lift since it appeared to not flex the body in any way and did not add any additional stress to the underbelly.
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
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I had my 1976 A/S jacked up today as well. I am having new tires and wheels put on next week at Discount Tire but I wanted to look at the wheel wells while I had it home. I used a hand hydraulic jack on the axle plate as well. Both wheels lifted without a problem and then I used two jack stands for support. Took off both wheels and cleaned and inspected the wheel well and put on a little undercoating. Same thing on the other side.

I have often wondered if I could replace the axles myself, and after today I am sure I could. I had my hands on the bolds that attach them to the axle plate. Maybe a little help from my son and a good floor jack I think it would be a simple project as others have confirmed. So day was a dry run.

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Old 03-29-2008, 12:50 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by flint
Can you please tell me where you jack the trailer up with the hydraulic jack.Thanks Tom
hi tom

for changing ONE TIRE, i use a ramp and avoid jacking completely...

this approach is quicker, easier and may be safer on loose or uneven surfaces and for most owner needs.

lots of options for ramps using wood or 'leveler blocks' which i use along with one of these...

the ramp also serves as a wheel chock when reversed, and now appears to come in 2 different 'lift' heights...

for raising a single axle trailer or ALL the tires/wheels on one/both sides,

here is the thread with the most information, pix and debates...

along with evidence of the actual way it is done at the MOTHERSHIP in post #42...

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:41 PM   #6
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Hey Jack,

I forgot to ask you when you were here....where should I jack for my Ambassador?


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