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Old 06-27-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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Jacked-up Coach

I park my 30' class A coach on a downward sloping driveway, head first, I then used the leveling jacks to raise the front to level, then put blocked jack-stands under the frame and raise the leveling jacks leaving the weight of the coach on the jack-stands. The jack-stands are rated for twice the coach weight. Does anyone see and problems with this technique.

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Jack stands on the frame alone can put stress on a section of frame , that was not designed to handle the weight. If the front tires are in the air, better to block them and put the weight back on the suspension; particularly if the coach is going to be in that spot for any length of time .
Make sure any plank used to support the tires , is under the full width of the tire tread.
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I'd put some BIG chocks blocking the rear wheels.
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I'd put some BIG chocks blocking the rear wheels.
Why? The parking brakes act only on the rear axle and it's still firmly planted on the ground.
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Jack stands on the frame alone can put stress on a section of frame , that was not designed to handle the weight. If the front tires are in the air, better to block them and put the weight back on the suspension; particularly if the coach is going to be in that spot for any length of time .
Make sure any plank used to support the tires , is under the full width of the tire tread.
On our 2002 DSDP:
Newmar says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.
Spartan says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.
HWH says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.
Reyco-Granning says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.

So I do, for as much as 5 months at a time.
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On our 2002 DSDP:
Newmar says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.
Spartan says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.
HWH says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.
Reyco-Granning says it's OK to suspend the front wheels for long terms.

So I do, for as much as 5 months at a time.
The OP, was talking about blocking a jack stand to level it, then putting the weight of the coach on the jack stand. Some of the stand makers have re-named these AXLE stands because placing the stands in the wrong spot, on the frame, can cause frame damage. Use info with the stands will state" to be used on a solid: read that CONCRETE: LEVEL , surface. " Blocking doesn't qualify as solid.
F/L, and Spartan, give HWH ,spec's for the location, and probably the size of the load distribution mounts required for attaching, leveling jack systems to the frame, to avoid damage.
IFS, and Full Leaf and Partial Leaf Suspension systems all react to suspending the front wheels, differently. IFS & FL have solid down travel limits, IFS has upper control arm stops, FL travel is limited by the arc of the spring & the shock, where PLS suspension the down stop is the shock, alone. Would I hang the weight of the front suspension from my shocks ; NO! Without all the info on the OP's coach and a personal viewing of his driveway, I stand by my original reply to his post.

To the OP; Mike sorry to hy-jack your post, with this.
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