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Old 10-24-2020, 04:03 PM   #1
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Working under RV...safety?

Makes sense you donít want to be crushed...

Do you guys just put the levelers down, and thatís it?

Would love to put blocks under it, but where??? Thereís no frame accessible. You could put it under the axle, but that doesnít help if the airbags deflate!

The frame itself is high off the ground, jacks wonít reach...

Open to thoughts...
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Jack stand s,Jack stands, Jack stands.



Oh did i mention you should also use Jack stands.


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I have used a combination of items to work safely under RV.

1. Ramps are one of the easiest items to elevate the RV.
2. Jack Stands sized to match weight of RV.
3. Blocks between axle and frame
4. Cribbing under hydraulic leveling jacks so that failure of jacks do not allow RV to drop.
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Don't know how much room you need, but I would suggest running the tires up on wood 2 x 8's, two or 3 high, then let the air out.
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I use a pair of 12-ton jack stands any time I'm working under the coach!
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Where exactly do you guys put the jack stands?

I’ll take another look tommorrow, I didn’t see any good place to put then. Maybe I’m just tired.

Here’s a pick of a generic Freightliner chassis, the frame is WAY up there, no jack stand will reach

https://www.startracksmedical.com/freightliner/xc.jpg

No ramps needed, with airbags up I have tons of space...

Concern is airbags deflate while you under it...
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Where exactly do you guys put the jack stands?

Iíll take another look tommorrow, I didnít see any good place to put then. Maybe Iím just tired.
I use the air bags to raise the area where I'm working, then put the jack stands under the frame nearby!
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:38 PM   #9
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Where exactly do you guys put the jack stands?

Iíll take another look tommorrow, I didnít see any good place to put then. Maybe Iím just tired.

Hereís a pick of a generic Freightliner chassis, the frame is WAY up there, no jack stand will reach

https://www.startracksmedical.com/freightliner/xc.jpg

No ramps needed, with airbags up I have tons of space...

Concern is airbags deflate while you under it..
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That's why you use the ramps....

Make the ramps high enough so you can deflate the airbags, and still fit safely under the motorhome...

If you are working under the motorhome, with the air bags already deflated... you don't have to worry about them accidentally delating while you are under the coach...
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I set my suspension to ride high to lift the coach as high as possible then place solid oak blocks under the Jack's that limit the coach from falling at all, then use the Jack's if I need more clearance under the coach.
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Never, EVER, rely on jacks to keep you from dying!!! Had a jack drop a pickup truck on me and fortunately I was ok with some sore places. The jack was doing some of the supporting and the jack stand kicked out.

While working on my RV the transmission ECM got wet and it thought the vehicle was in gear and going forward. The speed at which those things can retract when the air bags are empty thus putting the full weight on them is a bit astounding.

Yes finding a solid place for a jack stand can be a challenge. I like to put one under each side of my tow hitch arms which are bolted to the frame. The jack stands are placed tightly and I allow some pressure on them so they cannot possibly kick out.

Be careful under there and always have someone near.
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Makes sense you donít want to be crushed...

Do you guys just put the levelers down, and thatís it?

Would love to put blocks under it, but where??? Thereís no frame accessible. You could put it under the axle, but that doesnít help if the airbags deflate!

The frame itself is high off the ground, jacks wonít reach...

Open to thoughts...
Wood blocking under the retracted jacks is my method. While driving around watch for a pole barn being constructed, stop and ask for the short ends cut off the main poles, which are usually 6"X6" treated lumber. Today some builder use laminated poles, which are actually better than dimensional poles.
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Where exactly do you guys put the jack stands?

I’ll take another look tommorrow, I didn’t see any good place to put then. Maybe I’m just tired.

Here’s a pick of a generic Freightliner chassis, the frame is WAY up there, no jack stand will reach

https://www.startracksmedical.com/freightliner/xc.jpg

No ramps needed, with airbags up I have tons of space...

Concern is airbags deflate while you under it...
Some years ago an RV technician in N. Indiana didn't take time to use something solid under the MH, the air springs deflated, trapping him. His co-workers missed him and began searching, found him- too late. He could not breath and suffocated was COD.
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Had a friend once working on a car that was up on ramps. The brakes failed, the car rolled off the ramps and he didn't survive. Be careful, freak accidents do happen!
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