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Old 03-13-2014, 04:44 PM   #15
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What if you have a tag axle....do you put stands under both axles? Also, with my coach, as soon as you hit the leveler's down switch, it automatically dumps the air bags.

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Old 03-13-2014, 04:58 PM   #16
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:30 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by adonh View Post

Something like this?


Where do you position them, thanks.
Those are the exact ones I have. I position them along the frame rails as needed depending on where I'm working. This is after pumping up the air bags as high as they'll go.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:46 PM   #18
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SPLAT - that is the sound of your body under the MH upon failure of air or hydraulic connection. Early on, I was advised to NEVER enter under the MH without JACK stands. I got mine from HF 12 ton. That is the combined weight capacity using TWO stands, NOT JUST ONE.

I have seen Hydralic failure in pressure lines and you don't have time to react let alone get out from under the rig. How valuable is you LIFE ?

In all the times I visit OTR shop, they never work under a rig without the saftey stands. think about it. As for the air bags. NEVER trust them.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:00 PM   #19
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Locate my photos in the Members Gallery to view the 2x12, six inch ramps I use to raise my rig up safely. Using a creeper, I can roll under both axles with plenty of clearance and not worry about anything collapsing to cause injury.

The cribbing under the jacks insures the frame stays where it is supposed to be. As the air bags deflate, the MH settles safely on the cribbing.

The cribbing idea came from discussions at Camp Freightliner several years ago.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:23 PM   #20
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I'm a mechanic and would never get under any vehicle that has been lifted unless there are jack stands in place, why would you risk your life?
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:43 PM   #21
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Mike Cody at Camp Freightliner had a good suggestion (well, more like he insisted on it, and you wouldn't want to argue with him). He said NEVER work under a coach without safety blocks. To build your own, air up your coach, then measure the clearance under the (retracted) jack stands. Then you build blocks out of 4x4s (or were they 6x6s?) to fit under the jacks. He showed us a picture of his -- I seem to recall he would lay two 4x4 pieces side by side, then two more lying perpendicular on top of those, etc. until you get to the height you need. All bolted together, you have solid (and heavy!) stands that guarantee your coach stays at travel height while you work under it. If the suspension loses air, the coach just settles onto the blocks. When you're done, fire up either the air or the levelers to raise it off the blocks, and pull them out. (Helps if you staple a rope handle onto each one for pulling out and carrying the blocks.)

I admit, I haven't done it yet. I thought an easier alternative might be to create same using a chain saw and a good solid tree trunk. I think I'll put that on my list of projects ...
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:57 PM   #22
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I raise my rig with my front levelers and use two jack stands.

I know the jack stands work because one time I forgot to remove the jackstands and retracted the levelers.

Held up just fine!

So, specifically, I would suggest you doing the same thing I did.

Test to make sure the jack stands work.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:26 AM   #23
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Drop the Hydraulic levers and work on the rig. Hyd are very safe. That is why they are used. I
I am aware of two incidents in field repair situations where the hydraulic system failed and the raised frame of a detachable container (roll off) truck collapsed down to the chassis rail and killed the mechanic working over the chassis rail. The result was not pretty.....

I would not trust my remaining life to a hydraulic jack!
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I bought two of the 12-ton jack stands from Harbor Freight to use anytime I'm under there doing anything!
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One must ask oneself; " Do I feel lucky ". and if all goes well and nothing happens while you"re under the rig, go buy a lotto ticket too, because, you"re on a roll...just saying! ... I'm not going under there without stands! My luck sucks!
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Chek this out for ramps and cribbing. Ramps for all six tires and cribbing under each jack to settle on as the air bleeds out of the air bags. Very stable, it's not going to collapse on anyone.

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