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Old 12-04-2020, 02:44 PM   #1
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Long term leveling with 12 ton bottle jacks x 2. Yay or nay?

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I just bought 2 12 ton bottle jacks from Walmart planning to use them to level my coach (28000lbs). Is it a good idea? If so, can I jack it right underneath the coachí hydraulic jack?
I appreciate any input.
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Old 12-04-2020, 03:01 PM   #3
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Sure, that will work.

I had a few 6 and 8 ton bottle jacks under my beam, in the crawlspace, of my house.

The jacks held up but sunk thru the rotted beam.
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Because 1 of my rear jack is leaking oil. And I don’t want to have it sit on the tire cuz I don’t want flat spots and my tires are 22.5” that cost $600 a piece... is the idea of using the bottle jack really bad?
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Because 1 of my rear jack is leaking oil. And I donít want to have it sit on the tire cuz I donít want flat spots and my tires are 22.5Ē that cost $600 a piece... is the idea of using the bottle jack really bad?
It's not necessarily a bad idea. I just wonder if it's needed. As long as the tire is on a suitable surface, that flat spot will be gone in a short distance. Some will inflate to the max on the sidewall to lessen the effect. Cover the tires if exposed to sunlight. I've heard of some placing blocking under the jacks before dumping the air bags so the coach jacks rested on the blocking while staying retracted. I would prefer that method if I felt I wanted most of the weight off the tires.
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Old 12-04-2020, 04:02 PM   #6
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Why use hydraulic jack that may leak, just get some jacks stands and use them. Cheap, simple and pretty foolproof as long as you the the ratchet placed correctly.
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Why don't you rebuild the jack. It is a simple machine with seals.
Have replaced seals in two our Powergear Hyd jacks. Tough part is
getting the jack off of the frame, after that simple work with a pipe wrench.
Got the replacement seals from a commercial seal business with
some added advice.
Would do another if the issue presents itself.
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Whole lot of us out there with much heavier coaches, that have no hyd jacks. Air leveling.
Coach weight sits on the tires 24/7/365!
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Why use hydraulic jack that may leak, just get some jacks stands and use them. Cheap, simple and pretty foolproof as long as you the the ratchet placed correctly.
Hi. Thatís something I should really look to. Though can I ask you how do you place them and where? Because I canít seem to think of a way to make it hold the coach without causing dent on the frame/axle underneath
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Hi. Thatís something I should really look to. Though can I ask you how do you place them and where? Because I canít seem to think of a way to make it hold the coach without causing dent on the frame/axle underneath
You would still need a bottle jack, to lift the corner, to set the jack stand. Don't make sense to me.

Just use the bottle jack.
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For how long? A jack is a jack.
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Most of the new bottle jacks now days will settle over time unless you buy the really high priced ones and still not sure. I bought a 20 ton one this fall because I was in need of two. The 12 ton that I acquired 50 years while in the Army was not quite big enough but worked. I had my 32' coach sitting on them for about a week and the new one was down in a day and the old one leaked down about an inch over the week.
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If you want to take the weight off the tires, put the jacks under the axles.
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You would still need a bottle jack, to lift the corner, to set the jack stand. Don't make sense to me.

Just use the bottle jack.
Any hydraulic jack can fail... or leak slowly over time... Especially the cheap bottle jacks on the market these days... They are no where near as sturdy, or reliable, as the leveling jack systems on a motorhome...

I've seen bottle jacks, and big floor jacks all leak after awhile.... How long it takes, is directly proportional to the cost/quality of the jack being used... I doubt Walmart bottle jacks are at the top of the quality list...

I always use jack stands (or jack frame locks) if I plan to leave any of my vehicles (motorcycles, cars, trucks, and motorhome) in the "up" position on a hydraulic jack/lift for any amount of time... OR... if I am going to get under the vehicle...

Just my personal safety practice..
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