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Old 10-29-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Question Jack stands?

Hope I don't open a "Pandora's Box" but what is the consensus on using truck jack stands to keep the coach weight off the tires for winter storage outside
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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I do it whenever the MH will be out of service for more than a couple of weeks. Having it on jack stands is also a safety precaution for working under the rig.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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I do it whenever the MH will be out of service for more than a couple of weeks. Having it on jack stands is also a safety precaution for working under the rig.
J.J. what size stands do you use? My coach is 23k so I was thinking of 4 - 10 ton stands.
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J.J. what size stands do you use? My coach is 23k so I was thinking of 4 - 10 ton stands.
I have not used for storage, but this is what I have used for maintenance.

Torin Pair of Ratchet Action Jack Stands 12-Ton, Model# T41202 | Jack Stands| Northern Tool + Equipment
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Our fist winter, we put the leveling jacks down to partially unload the tires. I could reach without going under the rig to wipe them down with an oily rag, so I didn't expect a problem.

Rust appeared in less than 2 weeks, so I polished it off and retracted the jacks. I've been considering axle stands, but haven't bought any yet. Last season, I went out once a month, raised one side of the rig with the levelers, rotated the wheels 90 degrees and put it back down again. Following month - same with the other side. After our usual 4-month down time, all the wheels had been turned through one full rotation and the tires seemed fine. I'll probably get heavy-duty axle stands for next winter (14-15) if we don't sell the rig.
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I have not used for storage, but this is what I have used for maintenance.

Torin Pair of Ratchet Action Jack Stands — 12-Ton, Model# T41202 | Jack Stands| Northern Tool + Equipment
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I have not used for storage, but this is what I have used for maintenance. Torin Pair of Ratchet Action Jack Stands — 12-Ton, Model# T41202 | Jack Stands| Northern Tool + Equipment
Is that 12 ton capacity each or for the pair?
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Is that 12 ton capacity each or for the pair?
Each stand is labeled 12 ton.
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Same thing, but got mine at Harbor Freight on sale
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Is that 12 ton capacity each or for the pair?
Jack stands are almost always rated for the pair. I have never seen them sold individually.
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Jack stands are almost always rated for the pair. I have never seen them sold individually.
The quick research I just did confirms that you are correct. What did we do before Google? This is the only stand I found with individual ratings. http://www.usjack.com/products/Jack%20Stands.pdf

In my case, the combined 24,000 pound rating of the per I purchased is more than adquate for my Tradewinds. (2 per axle)
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While I would not recommend using jack stands. For sure I'd not recommend AGAINST jack stands.

I do recommend using the leveling jacks to take weight off the SUSPENSION.
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Jack stands are sold in pairs, the capacity rating is for each stand.

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Not at Harbor Freight, the rating is for the pair.

Our HWH jacks are rated for 12,000#'s each and we have four of them. I store the rig with the front tires off the ground for months at a time with no problems.
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