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Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby jankej on Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:28 pm

I have a 2007 27 foot Trail-Cruiser 5th wheel and was going to invest in some heavier jacks on the tail end to be able to speed up the leveling process. My Dad, hearing of my plan, asked how I was going to fix the crease in my roof that comes for the stress of jacking on the rear of the frame and if I liked the feature of the slider moving in and out. :)

I look at the ibeam frame and say to myself... that can't happen.....

Any opinions?


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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby Limey on Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:38 pm

jankej wrote:I have a 2007 27 foot Trail-Cruiser 5th wheel and was going to invest in some heavier jacks on the tail end to be able to speed up the leveling process. My Dad, hearing of my plan, asked how I was going to fix the crease in my roof that comes for the stress of jacking on the rear of the frame and if I liked the feature of the slider moving in and out. :)

I look at the ibeam frame and say to myself... that can't happen.....

Any opinions?

Under NO circumstances should you try to raise the trailer using the stabilizing jacks. Your Dad is absolutely right. They are for stabilizing only, regardless of how heavy duty the 'jack' is. You should be doing all forward to rear levelling with the front jacks and any side to side levelling should be done by placing levellers under the wheels on the low side.

You simply are asking for trouble if you use the stabilzers to lift at a rear corner. The only place to use a jack to lift part of the trailer should be near the axles, usually in the event of replacing the wheels or doing brake work.
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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby pwall on Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:44 pm

Absolutely! They're stabalizers.
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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby jankej on Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:19 pm

Thanks,

Doesnt pay to buy those 5000# capacity jacks if you can' lift with them. Ole dad was right again. The older I get the smarter he seems.

When I was a teenager he didn't seem so smart at all :D


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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby Zinger on Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:13 pm

Does that mean when my kids get older I will suddenly be smart???
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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby pwall on Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:42 pm

I believe so yes. ;)
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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby Limey on Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:18 am

Oh lord - I don't have kids - I must be doomed to stay dumb! :mrgreen:


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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby Zinger on Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:03 pm

Limey wrote:Oh lord - I don't have kids - I must be doomed to stay dumb! :mrgreen:


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no I dont think you are doomed without kids you never get dumb.
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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby Limey on Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:02 am

Zinger wrote:
Limey wrote:Oh lord - I don't have kids - I must be doomed to stay dumb! :mrgreen:


(Do dogs count?)


no I dont think you are doomed without kids you never get dumb.


I like your logic! :mrgreen:
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Re: Using jacks to level - Damage by distortion?

Unread postby Zinger on Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:29 pm

Limey wrote:
Zinger wrote:
Limey wrote:Oh lord - I don't have kids - I must be doomed to stay dumb! :mrgreen:


(Do dogs count?)


no I dont think you are doomed without kids you never get dumb.


I like your logic! :mrgreen:


I think the term logic is pushing it lol
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