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Old 03-21-2019, 12:45 PM   #1
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Using Hydraulic Leveling jack to lift RV

I just acquired a 99 American Eagle project and need to do some major service/repair. I'd like lift the tires off the ground and put it on jack stands. My question is, what's the consensus on using the leveling jacks to lift it enough to get jack stands under it? I know the owner's manual says not to do this, probably more for liability reasons, but the jacks will easily lift it.
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The jacks are capable of lifting the wheels off the ground, but I would not trust them to hold it there indefinitely or while I was under it. The jack stands are a must and you have to be sure that they can hold the full weight of the MH. I would guess that they should be rated at 10 tons each to be safe.
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Unless you plan on removing the wheels, why not just drive up on some blocks. Lifting the front tires off the ground isn't too bad, but lifting the rear opens the possibility of it shifting. The rear tires are what holds it from moving when parked.
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but lifting the rear opens the possibility of it shifting. The rear tires are what holds it from moving when parked.

Don't you think that 30k-40k lbs of pressure on the jacks will keep it from moving?
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I've done this.... using the single front jack, raised it high enough to put a stand under each side.
Your coach has the IFS....I put the stands under the "box" frame between the lower a-arms.
Rear is easier, raise and stands under axle housing, as close to tires as your stands will allow.
If it's on level ground, it won't go anywhere...

.... what you doing to it?
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Don't you think that 30k-40k lbs of pressure on the jacks will keep it from moving?
I have seen my friends jacks get bent from lifting the rear wheels off the ground. Just doesn't seem like a good idea to me. I guess you could chalk the front tires.
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I have seen my friends jacks get bent from lifting the rear wheels off the ground. Just doesn't seem like a good idea to me. I guess you could chalk the front tires.


When you say bend, you you mean articulate? They can pivot more than you think.

OP - chocked tires are great or lift whole rig if you can.
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When you say bend, you you mean articulate? They can pivot more than you think.

OP - chocked tires are great or lift whole rig if you can.
He wanted to work on the rear corner, so he lifted the back up. The coach shifted forward. He told me later that it bent the jacks. He should have blocked the front wheels.
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I've done this.... using the single front jack, raised it high enough to put a stand under each side.
Your coach has the IFS....I put the stands under the "box" frame between the lower a-arms.
Rear is easier, raise and stands under axle housing, as close to tires as your stands will allow.
If it's on level ground, it won't go anywhere...

.... what you doing to it?
That was my plan. I'll put some jack stands under the frame so I can replace the air bags.

This things a big project, I'll post a build thread when I can, but the big items for the jack stands are: replace air bags, probably shocks too, rebuild the entire basement structure, rebuild the front jack, polish the wheels....
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Let me edit my other post, the rear jack stands must be on frame to replace rear air bags...the axle housing needs to be "free" from the weight of coach.
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I just acquired a 99 American Eagle project and need to do some major service/repair. I'd like lift the tires off the ground and put it on jack stands. My question is, what's the consensus on using the leveling jacks to lift it enough to get jack stands under it? I know the owner's manual says not to do this, probably more for liability reasons, but the jacks will easily lift it.
I've done it many times and they're a good a jack as any.
Put in some blocks, before getting down under, or at least for having a back up jack in place.
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