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Old 07-07-2016, 07:04 PM   #1
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Safely going under the coach

I have yet to venture more than an arms length under our coach. With a car, when I was much younger and thinner, I would use a floor jack and jack stands before going under my car. So, what do you do with a Class A? Use the leveling jacks to raise the coach then put a jack stand (or something else) under the chassis? And where do you place the stand/blocks? Or do you drive up on blocks?

If you use jack stands, what do you use? Our coach is over 33,000 lbs loaded and ready to go.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:40 PM   #2
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Normally Jacks. I use an incline in my driveway where it breaks over, when I am changing oil. I can get the back end about 30" off the ground because of the overhang.
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Normally Jacks. I use an incline in my driveway where it breaks over, when I am changing oil. I can get the back end about 30" off the ground because of the overhang.

When you use jacks, do you use the leveler jacks to raise the coach? Also, do you place the jackets under the chassis rails? As you can probably surmise, I am not much of a backyard mechanic.
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Safely going under the coach

I use jacks, with jack stands and have a set of ramps. Ramps and jack stands give me a couple levels of safety.
Jack stands are placed under the frame rails after raising with coach jacks.
With the slight incline on our drive it raises the back even higher.
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I have some ramps built out of 2 x 12's. I can drive the coach up on them, drop the air suspension, and crawl underneath. Then you know it's safe and can't lower on you.
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I have some ramps built out of 2 x 12's. I can drive the coach up on them, drop the air suspension, and crawl underneath. Then you know it's safe and can't lower on you.
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Changing rear air bags.

Using ramps, jacks, and jack stands.
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Changing rear air bags.

Using ramps, jacks, and jack stands.

The grease covered hat and sweatshirt looked like me after running new heater hose to the Hydrohot. Now keep sweatshirt hanging in garage for those ventures under and up inside frame rails. I had grease everywhere, Hard to get out of your hair.😀😀😀


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I made these for working under my coach.



Personally, I don't like jack stands as they add a lot more work and often get in the way. On a DP, it's also hard to find points to jack the coach up and place the stands. Even if you do, you end up having to work around them to do servicing.

With the wood ramps, I can also use the jacks for additional lift on certain jobs and know that even if they fail, I still have room for my big butt under the coach.

I learned long ago, especially when lubing my coach, to put a hat on, long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt and disposable gloves when working under the coach. I also save large pieces of cardboard (3'x3' or 4'x4') when I get deliveries, for oil changes.
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Thanks. I like the idea of ramp (for cost, stability and safety) and love the pics that all of you have posted. I will get busy and fabricate something like what I've seen on this thread.

I am not as mechanically handy as you guys...but I have an interest to learn. You have to start somewhere!
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Ramps are the way to go, don't trust the levelers (jacks), or air ride. My neighbor had his just purchased MH in the driveway, levelers down, showing me his new toy, and "Boom" it fell like a stone. Hydraulic line ruptured.
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I have some ramps built out of 2 x 12's. I can drive the coach up on them, drop the air suspension, and crawl underneath. Then you know it's safe and can't lower on you.
It's what I do too. Or I dig a hole in my yard with my tractor backhoe and drive the front or rear over.
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Safely going under the coach

I won't say where but I had our Dutchstar in for service and there was tsb to reseal a spot in the wheel well. Thought they would use their jacks to get it up. Walked out and found they used the jacks on the coach. They had the jacks on one side fully extended. The tech had his body and head between the tire and wheel well. Had the coach's jack collapsed there is no doubt he would have been dead. Stupid, very stupid. Not to mention the stress placed on my rig.
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