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Old 09-25-2016, 05:17 PM   #15
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I shudder every time I hear this. A dear friend was killed when the jack slipped.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:33 PM   #16
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I didn't see any response that said anything about using only a jack. Everyone suggested jack stands, except me. I dump the air and leave it down, I don't use the jacks. There is nowhere for it to go. There is more room under there than it looks. The only places I can't get under are the axles.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:21 PM   #17
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Jack stands are great if you can fit them in, I use them when possible. On my Monaco with no jacks, I raise the suspension as high as it will go and put a length of 5" drill pipe in the suspension close to the air bags. When I pull an air line it just settles onto the pipe.


I had a jack fail when I was under a car in my youth. Once is enough for me.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:26 PM   #18
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I had a jeep fall on me once. I don't get underneath!!
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:42 AM   #19
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I didn't see any response that said anything about using only a jack. Everyone suggested jack stands, except me. I dump the air and leave it down, I don't use the jacks. There is nowhere for it to go. There is more room under there than it looks. The only places I can't get under are the axles.
I tried pulling a tire without jacking it up, it was tough.

Everything can't be done on the ground.
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Old 09-26-2016, 03:02 AM   #20
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I'm trying to prepare for when I do these things to our coach when we finally get one. My first thoughts were, put air in the bags, lower the jacks and raise the chassis a little. But I quickly realized what if, there's a air bag/jack leak or failure.
I suggest getting the rig first, then selecting the jack stands.

You wrote about an air bag/jack leak or failure. On my DP, that's not possible because those are 2 separate systems and not tied together in any way. The bags use the air system and the jacks use a hydraulic system. That means if one were to fail the other would still provide whatever ground clearance it has.
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Coach sitting at normal ride height, put blocking right up to the bottom all 4 retracted jack pads, then if needed, raise the jacks to a height needed to perform the work.............and if the jacks fail, the suspension can only come down the the "Ride Height" and the jacks will only go to their retracted position with plenty of room under the Coach to get out from under it.
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Coach sitting at normal ride height, put blocking right up to the bottom all 4 retracted jack pads, then if needed, raise the jacks to a height needed to perform the work.............and if the jacks fail, the suspension can only come down the the "Ride Height" and the jacks will only go to their retracted position with plenty of room under the Coach to get out from under it.
Yep, that's what I originally cut my 5" drill pipe lengths for.
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I recently took my DP to a large Freightliner Repair Center, for a 50K service, that has a Motorhome Division. They lift the coaches to the max with the on board systems then deploy jack stands!
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I use jacks based on guidance I received at Camp Freightliner class. Please be very careful looking at the weight rating of the jacks. No matter what some may say or imply, they are always weight rated as a pair, not individually. That's a legal requirement to meet code.
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Be careful with jackstands especially if you haven't dealt with this much weight before. I've seen one start to punch through the concrete. I personally use wooden ramps as described and also use the hydraulic jacks over wood spreaders as a backup (I work in the dirt). If the tires have to come off I hire it out. If you have the space, a slight depression in the ground (say a foot or so) combined with ramps is a good poor mans pit. I've dug a slight one in my shed where I park the bus (it's actually about 8 inches but with the ramps gives plenty of room even with air dumped).

FYI here is an old video of my ramps..I'm still using them with my current bus:
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