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Old 07-10-2016, 12:18 PM   #1
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Working on under carriage of diesel pusher

Hello and wishing everyone a fine afternoon,
I have a Itasca Solei 34t dp that I can just barely squeeze underneath whether or not the jacks are down. I would like to wipe down and lubricate, with silicone spray, the leveler struts, or maybe grease the unit but there is just no room - and I'm not a big guy. Does anybody do light maintenance on their unit and how the heck do you get some clearance to move around?
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First you need to get jack stands. I have some 12 ton units from Northern Tool. Work on a flat area without too much slope from side to side and front to rear. If necessary, use some large wood blocks under the leveling jacks to get additional clearance. Place the jack stands under the frame at the end you are working on. I let the leveling jacks carry the majority of the load but make sure to have the jack stands wedged under the frame so that if the levels do fail the jack stands won't kick out. It is difficult to let the leveling jacks down just a little bit. I wish I had a lift, but I don't so this is the best I can do. The leveling jacks on coach will lift the wheels off the ground without additional wood. I also have some home made wood ramps that give about 6" of lift. The ramps are probably the safest method using the leveling jacks as back-ups (with wood blocks if required).

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Old 07-10-2016, 02:26 PM   #3
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Use the search, there have been many discussions on the subject. Here is a recent one.

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If it is just wiping the jacks down or minor stuff I will air the coach up. Then manually put each Jack down until it just touches the ground( concrete or gravel, not grass). The chances of both the air system and hydraulic system failing at the same time is pretty slim. Still I would do any major work like greasing the chassis and running gear without the Jack stands mentioned above.
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I made a pair of ramps using 3-2x10s. Google for a general idea. They ended up being 4 boards thick about 7 1/2" high, measured so I had no wood left over and sturdier than anything you could ever buy, plus my 300-lb frame fits under easily and comfortably to do whatever needs to be done.
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First you need to get jack stands. . The leveling jacks on coach will lift the wheels off the ground without additional wood. Dave
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Wow! You are certainly trusting on those jacks and lifting the wheels off the ground! A friend of ours got killed using jacks.
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I trust sturdy blocks of wood underneath the tires MUCH more than I would trust jacks or jack stands.

We generally carry them with us anyway, for those "less than ideal" campsites we use on occasion.
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I get the idea. Thank you all very much for your help. Regards Bob

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