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Old 10-13-2016, 10:12 PM   #1
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Default can you put a hi-lo up on jacks?

Yes, we bought a 15T Hi-Lo assuming it would fit in our garage easily. It does -- but the roof A/C, not so much. (doh!)

So, after letting some air out of the tires, it fit nicely into our garage. We were planning to jack up the 4 corners to take the pressure off the tires/suspension while in the garage. After reading some of the posts on the site about jacks, I'm concerned we might not have a good plan.

Is there a safe way to park a Hi-Lo with the weight off the axle? I suppose the alternative would be to deflate the tires to get it through the garage door, then re-inflate them once inside...

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Old 10-13-2016, 11:19 PM   #2
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I would let out air out to make it fit in your garage. Then I would inflate the tires. Don't worry about taking any weight off your axles. It won't hurt the tires in any way.
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Sorry I know this is a older thread but newbie here, is there something driffrent about hi low campers that your not suppose to jack them up? how do people get them level at camp sites or where if you don't jack and block them up?
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Epow, Way I see it is the frame is unique to the Hi Lo. If you jack it up at a corner for example, you'll twist the frame. Putting a jack on the axle housing may crack the housing. So, to overcome this, leveling at a campsite is done using wood blocks or plastic blocks that fit together like leggos. $35 for 10. Each block raises the trailer about 1". Then you extend the stabilizers (on the extra leggos) firmly. Don't try to level the unit with these stabs! For a tire change, loosen the lugs on the flat then pull the good tire onto or backup onto wooden blocks or purchase (recommended) a Trailer Aid, change the tire and come off the blocks/Trailer Aid.
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Treeclimber - I'm new to the modern Hi-lo! And I agree on the modern axles. It was no problem on the older Leaf Spring Axles, but the other jacking points are close to the same. I.e., the Rear Bumper Close to where the Lower Body Frame is welded in place. Then, besides both sides of the Hitch, and the solid Frame Bumpers on each side behind the wheels where the Top rests when down for travel. That's where we put the stabilizing support Jacks on the Older models, as well as one on the frame near the Door, all per Hi-Lo Instructions.

Somewhere else on the Forum, another even has pictures of how he jacked his Hi-Lo for some work and did it level.
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Bruce, I have cleared two Hi Los from the ground to change grey water tanks and cylinders, but it must be done correctly. I'm lucky enough to have a 14 yr Hi Lo mechanic whom I call and sometime he even visits. He showed us how to safely jack a unit and why it's done that way. But, he doesn't suggest doing it any other way. It did take three floor jacks. BTW, he also said that if two 24' Hi Los rolled out, they would not be built the same. Wiring, plumbing, etc would be different.
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Thanks for the replies, I understand twisting frame and such as I found out on my 77 keystone if you jacked back end the wrong way the door wouldn't work properly. .. I seen on the manual they say to raise from right behind each rear tire, next to door and on front left corner. so the wheel axle thiers elves shouldn't be jacked on? I understand these trailers seem unique and maybe some parts are lighter metal to keep light but I've never seen a wheel axle I couldn't stick a floor jack on and jack.. reason I'm asking is the one I'm looking at needs 4 tires put on it. how should I go about changing all 4 at once? I wanna take all 4 off and take all 4 to the store get them changed then go bk and put all 4 on... I've looked at the trailer aid and looks like nice thing to have but only good for changing 1 or maybe 2 if u have two aids tires at a time not all 4. thanks
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You COULD raise one side on jacks, support it on jackstands and then raise the other side on jacks. I did that on my single axle trailer when I wanted to get new tires.

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You COULD raise one side on jacks, support it on jackstands and then raise the other side on jacks. I did that on my single axle trailer when I wanted to get new tires.

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Thanks, so would the axle be ok to put a jack stand or should just put behind the rear tire as in the manual. and or where to jack it at. I have a 2 ton floor jack that I use for all my automobile work, changing tires, brakes ect. I have a crappy sizzor jack in my blazer and might have use of a bottle jack. what I'm looking at has B78-13 tires on it
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I think you could use any of the jacks. If the tongue weight is high enough, you could place the jack on the frame right in front of the front axle or between them if you're using the bottle jack. Make sure you jack the FRAME. Then, put the jackstand under the frame as close as possible behind the rear axle.

Don't support the trailer with a jack or jackstand under an axle! That's a big no-no. You'd think the axles would be strong enough, but apparently not.

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