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Old 10-14-2016, 07:37 AM   #15
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Folks, why is it not recommended to lift tires off the ground?
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:42 AM   #16
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On our Kwikee system, the owners manual specifically states not to use the jacks for changing a flat tire. I figure this is mainly to cover the company's liability. Still, it makes sense that there's always the slight chance that something on the system could fail and thereby cause damage to the coach, injury, or even worse.

I will say that i have gone against this warning to change tires. On the other hand, i won't do it to keep the coach level for any length of time. I have cut 2"x10" blocks to put under the tires to help with campsites that are a bit too unlevel for the jacks themselves. If it takes more than 3 blocks, then i'm gonna move or the coach will stay a bit unlevel. The front wheels won't be dangling...
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On our Kwikee system, the owners manual specifically states not to use the jacks for changing a flat tire. I figure this is mainly to cover the company's liability. Still, it makes sense that there's always the slight chance that something on the system could fail and thereby cause damage to the coach, injury, or even worse.

I will say that i have gone against this warning to change tires. On the other hand, i won't do it to keep the coach level for any length of time. I have cut 2"x10" blocks to put under the tires to help with campsites that are a bit too unlevel for the jacks themselves. If it takes more than 3 blocks, then i'm gonna move or the coach will stay a bit unlevel. The front wheels won't be dangling...
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When I had new tires put on my coach the tire shop used my RVA leveling jacks to raise all 6 of the wheels off the ground.
My coach remained standing on those 3 RVA jacks for the 3 hours it took them to remove all 6 wheels/tires, mount and spin balance the new tires, and reinstall the wheels/tires onto my coach.
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:35 PM   #18
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For the rear axle, lift both sides you risk the coach potentially moving with the lose of the e-brake on the rear axle. You can get by with one side up but always keep one one side in good contact with the ground. A coach shifting on the jacks is never good. Potential for bending a jack is high and a bent jack won't retract.

For the front, well that's a bit of a debate on potential damage to suspension components by having a wheel hanging.

With an air bag based suspension you want to avoid stretching the bags when hanging a wheel. They can rip. Leaf or coil springs, not sure what the potential down side might be.
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