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Old 07-04-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Cool Jacking TT

What is the best location to put the jack to lift the TT. To get the wheels on one side off the ground?
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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I use a floor jack and put it under the axle. If I want both axles up, then I use a jack stand under the first axle. There's also a hard rubber drive-up ramp that serves the purpose of getting one wheel up off the ground, usually used to change a flat. Don't know if it will work on the wide axles of the Whitehawk, though, have not tried it out.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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The owners manual for our swift 184bh says NEVER jack up the tt under the axel. It could cause damage and void the warranty. As I remember it the manual says to jack in front of the axel on the main frame that runs front to back. I am not sure if this applies to all Jayco trailers or only the lite weights......happy camping!
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:59 PM   #4
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The owners manual for our swift 184bh says NEVER jack up the tt under the axel. It could cause damage and void the warranty. As I remember it the manual says to jack in front of the axel on the main frame that runs front to back. I am not sure if this applies to all Jayco trailers or only the lite weights......happy camping!
Our Jay Feather owners manual says the same thing, NEVER jack up the tt under the axel.
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The frame is where I jack up mine. Makes the most sense to me. I always put a piece of wood on the jack to prevent scratches.
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my bad, this is directly from our White Hawk owner's manual:

"Never raise the RV by placing the jack under the axle, springs or any
attachment parts. Failure to comply could result in property damage, personal
injury or death."

However, I'm guessing this WARNING results from some bit of litigation somewhere, sometime. In all my years of living on a ranch, changing flats, replacing bearings, etc., my 1960s training that the safest way to deal with a trailer flat was to a) chock the wheels, and b) put the jack under either the axle or the springs, whichever seems safest. I can see where using a bottle jack on a rounded trailer axle would be unsafe, since it's a small round surface making contact with a round tube. However, a floor jack has plenty of gripping area and seems designed to accommodate an axle housing tube.

Anyway, I apologize for providing bad advice.
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my bad, this is directly from our White Hawk owner's manual:

"Never raise the RV by placing the jack under the axle, springs or any
attachment parts. Failure to comply could result in property damage, personal
injury or death."

However, I'm guessing this WARNING results from some bit of litigation somewhere, sometime. In all my years of living on a ranch, changing flats, replacing bearings, etc., my 1960s training that the safest way to deal with a trailer flat was to a) chock the wheels, and b) put the jack under either the axle or the springs, whichever seems safest. I can see where using a bottle jack on a rounded trailer axle would be unsafe, since it's a small round surface making contact with a round tube. However, a floor jack has plenty of gripping area and seems designed to accommodate an axle housing tube.

Anyway, I apologize for providing bad advice.
Hay, don't feel bad, just like you, I to have changed a lot of tires by putting a jack under the axle. I think their just trying to save their necks so if something happens.
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The frame is where I jack up mine. Makes the most sense to me. I always put a piece of wood on the jack to prevent scratches.
I don't worry about scratching my jack.....oh, wait you meant scratching your frame..... Sorry, couldn't resist. I promise I won't quit my day job.
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