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Old 10-20-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Wooden Ramps

I have wooden ramps that I used for my old coach that did not have a tag. The ramps supported the four dually tires. Getting ready to do oil change and lube on new to us coach and I am wondering what others do. Do you use ramps that support the dually tires and tag tires or just dually tires and let the tag tires hang unsupported? Thanks for your response.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:33 AM   #2
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Tigerfan:
I was in the same situation as you when we upgraded to the DS. I made longer ramps that would support the outboard dually and the tag. I am not a fan of leaving the tag "hang".
Be safe under there.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:37 AM   #3
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Same.
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My ramps are only 3 boards high, so about 6". If you think about it, you're jacks lift higher than that. I just use the ramps under the duals, but a do use one under each dual. Once up on the ramps, the tag still touches the ground and really doesn't hang in the air.

I know that with the tires on the ramps, even if the coach were aired down, I can fit under the coach (I don't use a creeper) and I'm a big guy. So now that the safety concerns are met, I leave the coach aired up as I do my service.

Look in your Freightliner or Spartan manual, there is a page with all the lube points on it. I removed that page and laminated it. I use it for reference so I don't miss some of the hidden zerk fittings, especially around the rear axle.
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Thanks to all who responded. I have some extra 2x12s in the pole barn so I think I will just make some longer ramps that will accommodate the duals and tag.
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Newmar recently replaced the slideout motor assembly for the rear vanity which required removing the tag wheel on the passenger side. They put blocks under the rear jacks and lifted the rear end so that both tag and drive wheels were 6" off the ground. I forgot to take a picture.
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Hmmmmm....... I don't fit under the tag axle to grease the U-joints if I don't raise the tag the same as the drive axle. (everyone knows to pump grease into both fittings on each joint?) With the pumpkin and brake cans it's almost impossible to slide under from the front. I use a single layer of 4x12's under all 6 tires.
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Newmar recently replaced the slideout motor assembly for the rear vanity which required removing the tag wheel on the passenger side. They put blocks under the rear jacks and lifted the rear end so that both tag and drive wheels were 6" off the ground. I forgot to take a picture.
I do that "all the time". I then put heavy jack stands under the chassis in case the jacks fail. Why the need for the picture?
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My ramps are only 3 boards high, so about 6". If you think about it, you're jacks lift higher than that. I just use the ramps under the duals, but a do use one under each dual. Once up on the ramps, the tag still touches the ground and really doesn't hang in the air.



I know that with the tires on the ramps, even if the coach were aired down, I can fit under the coach (I don't use a creeper) and I'm a big guy. So now that the safety concerns are met, I leave the coach aired up as I do my service.



Look in your Freightliner or Spartan manual, there is a page with all the lube points on it. I removed that page and laminated it. I use it for reference so I don't miss some of the hidden zerk fittings, especially around the rear axle.


Thanks Don for the tip on the lube points page. Easy to miss one.
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These work great for me. I can get at everything pretty easy with it still aired up. Just changed the transmission filter and fluid, made the job easy.
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Now those are some ramps
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:43 PM   #12
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I made some ramps today that look pretty puny compared to yours.
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