Jacking Up a Trailer?

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by rkmurphy, May 27, 2009.

  1. rkmurphy

    rkmurphy Well-Known Member

    What's the best wait to jack up a trailer? My lever style car jack won't reach the frame. Is it ok to do it by the axle?
  2. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

    floor jack---bottle jack---scissor jack

    never a vertical/lever car jack---accident waiting to happen

    if jack will not reach use a block of wood to increase lift+++++++++++support w/ blocks or jack stand when height is reached

    safety first

    from a victim of if it can happen it will

  3. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <


    Block opposite tire to prevent movement.
    Position jack under axle as close to spring as possible.
    Lift tire clear of ground.
    Block axle in position, don't trust the jack to stay up.

    If your jack doesn't have enough vertical range, put a block under it.
  4. rkmurphy

    rkmurphy Well-Known Member

    What about if I need to change the springs? Am I stuck lifting the frame?
  5. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Last time I changed the springs I just used the tongue jack.
    Cranked the tongue low as she'd go.
    Jackstands at the rear corners of the trailer, they were way in the air.
    Then cranked the tongue up as high as she'd go.
    Both wheels were off the ground.
    Trailer frame was supported by the jackstands and the tongue jack.

  6. rkmurphy

    rkmurphy Well-Known Member

    I love it. That's what I'm going to do :). Hopefully I can get the old parts off this weekend and pick up the new ones. Must be completed before next Friday. I need to go on a pre-study fishing trip or I'll go insane.
  7. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

    just cut off the old parts and replace em less aggravation

    pb penetrator oil and air ratchet

    may the force be w/ you!
  8. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    too late...... :D
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