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Baja Man

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Posted: 09/29/22 08:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wanderingbob wrote:

Hitch up , pull up on blocks , work on the two axles that are off the ground , repeat for next set of axles .


Rolling up on blocks would be same as the Trailer Aid Plus plastic ramps. Only work on Torsion axles.

Do the blocks you have used under one wheel actually raise the adjacent wheel?


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Posted: 09/29/22 08:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also, once lifted, where are jack stands being placed? If using a bottle jack, the jack would be in the way of placing jack stands there....(close to wheel).

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Posted: 09/29/22 08:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have an Andersen Rapidjack which functions as an "other wheel ramp". It works great on my fifth wheel with Torflex axles. We went to use it on my friend's trailer that had wide set wheels (more so than yours) and a shackle equalizer similar to yours. The Rapidjack would not lift his other tire off the ground. Make sure you have return privileges if buying one of those devices.

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Posted: 09/29/22 10:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My axles look same. I use a hydraulic jack on the U-bolt.


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Baja Man wrote:

Also, once lifted, where are jack stands being placed? If using a bottle jack, the jack would be in the way of placing jack stands there....(close to wheel).


Under the frame, or not. No need for a jack stand anyways unless you remove both wheels at the same time….


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Posted: 09/30/22 05:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Baja Man wrote:

wanderingbob wrote:

Hitch up , pull up on blocks , work on the two axles that are off the ground , repeat for next set of axles .


Rolling up on blocks would be same as the Trailer Aid Plus plastic ramps. Only work on Torsion axles.

Do the blocks you have used under one wheel actually raise the adjacent wheel?


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While mine is a FW with 5,200 lb axles, the suspension looks similar to yours. I have used my TrailerAid plus to easily lift and service all four wheels.

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Posted: 09/30/22 06:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Baja Man wrote:

MFL wrote:

No need to lift a bunch on frame. You only need to lift axle an inch, with a bottle jack, or floor jack.

I have a 2x4 piece of oak, about 8"s long, with a da-do in center, that just cups a U-bolt. This works great at home, using a bottle jack under it.

I also use my Trailer-Aid plus, which will lift front or rear tire high enough.
Using some boards cut and stacked will work too, best if on solid surface.

Hooking to vehicle is a good choice, adding stability!

Jerry




Do you have a pic of the wood piece you use with bottle jack?

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Here you go!

Nutin fancy, just a heavy block, full two inches thick, that can be placed under either U-bolt.

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Posted: 09/30/22 10:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MFL wrote:

Baja Man wrote:

MFL wrote:

No need to lift a bunch on frame. You only need to lift axle an inch, with a bottle jack, or floor jack.

I have a 2x4 piece of oak, about 8"s long, with a da-do in center, that just cups a U-bolt. This works great at home, using a bottle jack under it.

I also use my Trailer-Aid plus, which will lift front or rear tire high enough.
Using some boards cut and stacked will work too, best if on solid surface.

Hooking to vehicle is a good choice, adding stability!

Jerry




Do you have a pic of the wood piece you use with bottle jack?

Thanks


[image]

Here you go!

Nutin fancy, just a heavy block, full two inches thick, that can be placed under either U-bolt.



That is a good idea. I cut a piece of wood in a circle to fit on the pad of my floor jack. The wood against metal makes it less likely to slip.
When moving heavy trucks at work, we would place wood on the forks of a forklift before lifting the vehicle by the bumper or rear ICC bumper .

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Posted: 09/30/22 12:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just go rent a 10 ton fork lift and be done with it.

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Fisherman wrote:

Just go rent a 10 ton fork lift and be done with it.


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