If you’re one of the thousands of people who bought a travel trailer, you know that hitting the road is an exciting time. But it can also be quite stressful: knowing how to jack up your dual axle travel trailer and load it safely takes a lot of stress out of the equation.
If you’ve ever been in a situation where you needed to jack up your car or trailer, then it should be obvious that jacking something up is not as easy as it might seem. In fact, if you don’t know what you are doing, the results can be disastrous. So, before we go any further with this article, let me just say: Be careful! When dealing with heavy objects like cars and trailers, there is no room for error. You need to take precautions for safety purposes.
While the best way to get a dual-axle travel trailer off the ground is to hire a professional, sometimes that’s just not in your budget. Maybe you’re on vacation and need to repair something now, or maybe you’re stuck with a flat and need your trailer out of the mud so you can move on. Whatever the situation may be, knowing how to jack up a dual axle travel trailer is a skill you should have in your arsenal.
- 0.1 Jack Up a Dual Axle Travel Trailer: Tools You Need
- 0.2 How to Jack Up a Dual Axle Travel Trailer: The Workflow
- 0.2.1 1.) Park your Trailer at Safe Place
- 0.2.2 2.) Place Jack Stands Underneath your Travel Trailer
- 0.2.3 3.) Place the Tire Ramp Underneath your Travel Trailer
- 0.2.4 4.) Apply Handbrake and Parking Brake
- 0.2.5 4.) Lift the Trailer
- 0.2.6 5.) Change the Tire
- 0.2.7 6.) Lower Your Travel Trailer and Remove the Jack Stands
- 1 Safety Precaution for jacking up your travel trailer
Jack Up a Dual Axle Travel Trailer: Tools You Need
When it comes to jacking up a travel trailer, there are some specialized tools and supplies you will need.
- Two 4-foot floor jacks
- Heavy-duty jack stands(optional)
- Safety Glasses
- Tire ramp for dual axle travel trailers
- Spare Tire
- Wrench or socket wrench
- Power bar (Breaker bar)
Now you know what tools you need, let’s move on to the actual process.
How to Jack Up a Dual Axle Travel Trailer: The Workflow
This guide will teach you the steps of how to jacks up your trailer with ease. There are many different ways to accomplish jack up your dual axle travel trailer. Some methods are quite easy while others can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools.
Here is a step-by-step process for jacking up your trailer.
1.) Park your Trailer at Safe Place
It is very important to park your travel trailer at a safe place that is level. If possible, try parking on an even surface, or in a location where you can drive off-road and park at an angle (in case of rain or other weather conditions). That way, the trailer won’t slide off the jacks if they are not placed properly.
2.) Place Jack Stands Underneath your Travel Trailer
Next, you will place the jack stands into position. You want to make sure they are placed securely enough so that they do not move, but not so securely that they are difficult to remove later.
3.) Place the Tire Ramp Underneath your Travel Trailer
Next, you will place the tire ramp in front of the inflated tire. This will give you a safe platform to use when jacking up your travel trailer. It also ensures that you will not get your jack stand into the wheel well when jacking up.
4.) Apply Handbrake and Parking Brake
Apply your trailer’s hand brake prior to jacking up. It isn’t absolutely necessary, but it will help to prevent the trailer from moving while you are under it. If your travel trailer has a parking brake, make sure to apply that as well.
4.) Lift the Trailer
Now that you have your jacks in place, tire ramp placed, and jack stands in position, it is time to lift your travel trailer.
Start by placing a jack stand into the wheel well (on both sides). Use your floor jack to raise it as needed, and be sure that you are not lifting up too high so that the jack is extended to its maximum height.
5.) Change the Tire
Once you have the travel trailer lifted, you can change your flat tire. You may need to lift the tire off of the rim in order to remove it. Simply place your floor jack under the axle and use your breaker bar and wrench to loosen the lug nuts on each side and remove the tire.
Place your spare tire on the rim and tighten the lug nuts securely.
6.) Lower Your Travel Trailer and Remove the Jack Stands
Once you have finished changing your tire, it is now time to lower your travel trailer back to the ground and remove your jack stands. Simply reverse the steps you used to jack up your trailer and remove the stands.
That’s it, you’re finished jacking up your travel trailer!
Safety Precaution for jacking up your travel trailer
Just remember a few simple safety precautions to ensure that jacking up your trailer is never an issue:
1: Be sure to have someone nearby who can help you if your trailer slips off the jack stands.
2: Lift your trailer in a safe location (on even ground or off-road at an angle).
3: Keep children and pets away from the area where you are jacking up your trailer.
4: Make sure to use safety glasses to protect yourself from any debris that may fall or fly off as you jack up your trailer.
5: Make sure the location where you are jacking up your travel trailer is stable and secure.
6: Apply handbrake and parking brake before jacking up your travel trailer.
7: Use jack stands underneath the wheel well of each side to support your travel trailer as you are raising it
Jack up your trailer safely and prevent the risk of injury by following these simple steps. We hope this article will help you to jack up your travel trailer and change your flat tire on the road anytime!
Learning how to jack up a travel trailer is not something that needs to be done only once, you will need to do it again and again. The more you practice the better you will become at it and the more things you can do with your trailer. You should always try to learn new skills like this, they are fun and useful!
Traveling is so much easier when your trailer is level and secure. By learning how to jack up a travel trailer, you eliminate one more worry from your journey.
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