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Old 03-24-2016, 08:55 AM   #15
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Do you have a leveling system?

Many can lift wheels off the ground or can be used to lift frame up and floor jack can be used to lift axle.

Jack stand under axle.
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^^^ Yes. It appears I have a lot of options, a couple that I never thought of. Thanx for the input.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:01 AM   #17
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I would not lift on any center section--too much chance to wobble. Working on one side only, the other side will steady the lifted side. Using a bottle jack placed on a logical flat part of the suspension is what I would do--making sure where the jack is placed it can't slip sideways, and the part it is lifting on is substantial.
My experience is with pickups only, not MHs--but the Class B and C are very similar to regular pickup suspensions.
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I have used a torque multiplier in the past several times and they are an awesome tool. If you have a use for one and can afford to buy it. Get it. You'll never regret it.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:52 PM   #19
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Hey Bdubya, how is ya?
Well, first off, as you can read, there's all kinds of opinions on;
1. Whether to do it yourself or not
2. Whether to use the "floor jack" or not
3. Whether to use the coach jacks or not

and a whole lot more. Well, this is all a matter of "comfort zone". Many folks do tons of their own maintenance and repairs on here, many other RV forums and, many not even on any forums. And, they don't always go BY THE BOOK!

Many, like me, step OUTSIDE THE BOX in all kinds of situations. It's how I've gotten things done forever and, being able to afford things. I've used Harbor Freight jacks and, they work. I carry a Low Profile 20 ton unit in the coach, for whatever type of need it may work for.

Now, I've also used my coach jacks to completely lift the tires off the ground in my RV garage to do maintenance. Iv'e done it several times, I'M STILL ALIVE! And, so is the coach and all it's systems. There are some considerations and precautions to take in.

As for the "Torque Multiplier", well, that can mean a few different tools. The kind I own and use is phenomenal in how it works and, the labor it saves. M lug nuts are on with 450 ft. lbs. of torque. If I try and break them free, using a regular 3/4" breaker bar, I have to add a cheater of about another 2-3' onto that handle and, I'm still straining a n..t doing it.

But, with that version of the torque multiplier, I can sit on my a$$ and, with one arm, break loose, all 10, 450 lb. lug nuts, in about 8 minutes. And, not even break a sweat. The picture below is what I'm speaking of. I got it off ebay for about $130 or so, can't remember, it's been a while. Anyway, if you've got any questions, pm me and I'd be glad to help.
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It always amazes me that when you look at something and can't even begin to understand how it works....there was some braniac that invented the thing. I look at that Scott, and think.....it's a mini mortar launcher!
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This is the one I was looking at


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This is the one I was looking at


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Yep,
It's basically the same one as I have only, according to the specs, mine has 1:75 ratio. I sat one day in the living room when I first got it and counted the revolutions it took to crank, and make the center shaft go all the way around one time. It took right at 65. So, in my case, mine is a 1:65.

But, in any case, those kinds of torque multipliers work absolutely fantastic. I'd reccomend them in a heart beat for those that do most of the wheel/work themselves and, especially to those with high torque lug nuts like mine.
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Thank you sir
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The Harbor Freight bottle jacks are fine, used in conjunction with a stand once its up in the air. Please note that the advertised rating of most jack stands is for a pair, meaning those "4 ton jacks" are usually 2-ton each.

My coach jacks will easily lift the axle of the ground and are rated to do so. 16,000 lbs each, so I don't hesitate at all to use them as needed. Not all coaches have jacks that capable, though, so make sure you know what you have if you decide to use them instead of a portable jack of some sort.
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I used a torque multiplier on my motor home lug nuts (475 ft lbs) and it worked well. I did have to buy some extra stuff - a ten inch 1 inch drive extension ($75 at Grainger) and a 33 mm 1 inch drive socket ($30 at Grainger) along with a 250 foot pound torque wrench - about $70 at Northern Tool.
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