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Old 12-27-2012, 04:37 PM   #15
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We have Atwood electric jacks on the Bus, and I strongly discourage anyone from using them to lift the rig and then do work under it. We had a jack fail in normal leveling, and when I got home I pulled it apart to see why it wouldn't work. The only thing holding the 10,000 pounds plus on each jack in the rear was a piece of 1/2" steel plate that the jack screws went through. That was fine, but the way they held it in the square jack tibe was to LOOSELY crimp it in on 4 sides, top and bottom. My plate had slipped past the crimps. I added two 1" square bars inside each jack to support this plate, and welded the plate to the top of the jack tube. It won't fail the same way again, but I'd NEVER work under or around a MH without properly sized jack stands. Yes, I carry one.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:42 PM   #16
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While I think the jacks can probably handle the weight, not sure they can handle the weight when the forces necessary to change the tires are applied. Even if the can, just doesn't seem worth the risk.

I always go to tire store who service big trucks, they always have the appropriate equipment to change my tires.
do they lift it one side at a time or front then rear? i think if they did one corner at a time it would cause to much flexing of the mh frame/body
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:45 PM   #17
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do they lift it one side at a time or front then rear? i think if they did one corner at a time it would cause to much flexing of the mh frame/body
Entire axel at one time. Either front or rear.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:29 PM   #18
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After sepnding over 30 years as a truck and heavy equipment mechanic I wouldn't recommend using the jacks for lifting the motorhome for maintenance. These are designed for leveling not to support the entire weight of the vehicle. I have a 10 ton bottle jack for this purpose. I wouldn't trust the mounting brackets for the leveling cylinders supporting the M/H weight for any length of time. Especially with me under it if even to place a jack-stand or blocks.
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Of course the jack or MH mfgr does not want to take responsibility for any thing but what they have been paid for; leveling jacks.
But, in reality, your choices are to watch all the work and tell them how to do it, as they do it. Other wise, if they only have to lift one side, they'll put the jack on that side; torquing your MH, it's not their problem if your windshield pops out. That does'nt happen with heavy and medium duty trucks. However, if you are training them as they do the work, you can tell them to put a jack on both sides of the axle, and go back and forth jacking each side just a couple of strokes each time. If you don't baby sit them sharing your expertise, and they need both sides off the ground, they will undoubtedly put one jack under the pumpkin. This is common with heavy duty trucks with huge rear axles and and most are twin screw. Most MHs are built as light and cheap as possible for the huge box that goes on them. I personally would be more scared that my axle may not be strong enough to lift the entire rear of the MH from under the pumpkin or differential than I would be to make it a little easier for them and lift the rear with my jacks. Do you really think they are going to tell you that they may have tweaked your rear axle by lifting it with one jack under the pumpkin? . I always tell them that I'll use my jacks that but to please put jack stands or blocks under the axle as I don't want to be responsible for crushed rotors or bodies if my jacks fail.
Check your chassis manual but mine says not to lift the MH with one jack under the pumpkin.

We're all the captains of our ships so we can do it the way we all feel is best or the least risky for us.
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Of course the jack or MH mfgr does not want to take responsibility for any thing but what they have been paid for; leveling jacks.
But, in reality, your choices are to watch all the work and tell them how to do it, as they do it. Other wise, if they only have to lift one side, they'll put the jack on that side; torquing your MH, it's not their problem if your windshield pops out. That does'nt happen with heavy and medium duty trucks. However, if you are training them as they do the work, you can tell them to put a jack on both sides of the axle, and go back and forth jacking each side just a couple of strokes each time. If you don't baby sit them sharing your expertise, and they need both sides off the ground, they will undoubtedly put one jack under the pumpkin. This is common with heavy duty trucks with huge rear axles and and most are twin screw. Most MHs are built as light and cheap as possible for the huge box that goes on them. I personally would be more scared that my axle may not be strong enough to lift the entire rear of the MH from under the pumpkin or differential than I would be to make it a little easier for them and lift the rear with my jacks. Do you really think they are going to tell you that they may have tweaked your rear axle by lifting it with one jack under the pumpkin? . I always tell them that I'll use my jacks that but to please put jack stands or blocks under the axle as I don't want to be responsible for crushed rotors or bodies if my jacks fail.
Check your chassis manual but mine says not to lift the MH with one jack under the pumpkin.
It's been my experience with the last 2 truck tire shops that they use 2 pneumatic jacks one on each side of the axel. Looked like a pit crew at the Indy 500 as they went about changing out the tires on both sides at the same time.

I would think that this would not be too much to ask for.
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It's been my experience with the last 2 truck tire shops that they use 2 pneumatic jacks one on each side of the axel. Looked like a pit crew at the Indy 500 as they went about changing out the tires on both sides at the same time.

I would think that this would not be too much to ask for.
I agree, that sounds nice, but alot of places don't do it that way, like Big O, Discount Tire (before they quit doing MH tires) or Wal Mart when I had a Class C. I guess it depends where you are.
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My local Goodyear franchise has an alignment rack that just fits my barge! And yes, they sold me michilens at cost because I worked for them 20 years ago.
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After thinking about it, maybe I just take my MH to the closest most convenient place to my home for a reasonable price rather than drive much further to a more truck oriented place with inconvenient hours. However, I do work for CDOT (Colorado Dept of Transportation) and I see how they change tires on trucks, slam, bam thank you ma'am!

In forty years, I never seen them use a torque wrench or two jacks, one on each side of truck. However, they come to us and I've never watched how they do it at their shop.
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Just do what I do:

When the tires wear out or the rig needs any other service, just drive it off a cliff and buy a new one.
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Just do what I do:

When the tires wear out or the rig needs any other service, just drive it off a cliff and buy a new one.
I would too, if I were you.
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I would too, if I were you.
Yes...

Being Filthy Rich- also just plain filthy- certainly does make life easier....
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I have HWH jacks and it will lift a tire off the ground without any effort. If you don't dump the air bags and the jack fails it's not going to drop very far. With my Motorhome, with the bags dumped there is still enough room to move around under it.
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Here's an interesting Link to a News story

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A Hanoverton man working under an RV was crushed and killed Monday night when the vehicle’s jack system failed.
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