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Old 10-01-2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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Proper way to jack up motorhome

Hi all, I have been getting into doing my own maintenance on my motorhome. The DP has a total weight of 34 tons. I want to know the proper way to support the beast on jacks so that I can feel secure enough not end my life getting under her. Please inform me the difference between raising and securing the front verses the rear. Can I lift both right and left in the rear and place 20 ton stands under the frames without a chance of her rolling forward since no breaks in front. Thanks in advance. Jeff
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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A 68,000 pound diesel pusher. What do you have????
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Hi all, I have been getting into doing my own maintenance on my motorhome. The DP has a total weight of 34 tons. I want to know the proper way to support the beast on jacks so that I can feel secure enough not end my life getting under her. Please inform me the difference between raising and securing the front verses the rear. Can I lift both right and left in the rear and place 20 ton stands under the frames without a chance of her rolling forward since no breaks in front. Thanks in advance. Jeff
We need a little more information about your MH. What kind of chassis ? Manufacturer. 34 tons ?? That is a big baby. What is it ? Maybe we can help if we know a little more about this monster..
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I suspect his '95 Holiday Rambler is under 26,000 pounds.

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my mistake too early 34 K lbs
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If it's an air ride, drive up on some ramps made from 2X10's then raise to whatever height by jacking axle lift points and add additional boards as needed. When desired height is reached, block up the body separately so it will not fall if a bag goes boom.

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Jack stands are always a good solution, as long as they are strong enough. However, don't lift the rear wheels off the ground (or even light on the ground) without blocking the fronts with chocks ahead and behind the wheels, so it can't roll.

My chassis actually has enough clearance underneath the rear frame rails so that getting crushed is not a risk, but I might not be able to get my belly under the edge of the body if it came down.
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Jack stands are always a good solution, as long as they are strong enough. However, don't lift the rear wheels off the ground (or even light on the ground) without blocking the fronts with chocks ahead and behind the wheels, so it can't roll.

My chassis actually has enough clearance underneath the rear frame rails so that getting crushed is not a risk, but I might not be able to get my belly under the edge of the body if it came down.
As Gary says, CHOCK those front wheels BOTH before you ever put a jack under the rear,,, OR visa versa ! NEVER trust the brakes for something important like your life ! I once pulled the driveshaft out of my 69 Dart Swinger 340, it rolled forward off of the curb I had the rear up on,,, scraped my chest up,,, This was on a level parking lot, Ft Hood. I was Lucky !! Lesson learned !
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