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Old 02-01-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Fifth Wheel shackle has flipped over

On my fifth wheel one of my axles shackles has flipped over. How do I flip it back up????
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Without a photo or better description, I would guess you'd have to raise the trailer on that side, remove the shackle bolts and reinstall it correctly. You'll probably have to use a couple of jacks to untension the spring.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:16 PM   #3
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All you should need to do is jack up the side of the trailer that has the flipped shackle until almost all weight is off the suspension. Then find a pry bar and force the shackle back into the proper orientation. Let it off the jack and enjoy your trailer!
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Shackle flipper! AKA tire iron used as below.


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All you should need to do is jack up the side of the trailer that has the flipped shackle until almost all weight is off the suspension. Then find a pry bar and force the shackle back into the proper orientation. Let it off the jack and enjoy your trailer!
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Also you may want to check your shackles, pins and bushings. They may be worn out. Wet bolt shackle kits are the best. Thicker and can be greased.
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I think I know what you are talking about. Had it happen after hitting a severe dip.

After sitting & thinking about it, including the jack it up, pry it, & other forms of violence I settled on the easy way first. Rather than lift the wheel I simply pulled it up on blocks. POW! The shackle popped back where it was supposed to be. Backed off the blocks & we were good to go. Scared the you know what out of the DW who was watching real close.

Oh yeah, what Oldbeek says. Later found out that I had more than a shackle that had popped the wrong way. However that is another story.
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Simple really but you will need jacks, floor stands, blocks of wood & a plan starting with taking the weight off the wheels & onto the frame. Once that is done it is a fairly straight forward job of transfering axle weight, doing brake wires etc. & moving axles ontop of or below spring stack.
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