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Old 04-21-2019, 11:14 AM   #1
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Where do I put the jack?

I have a single axel 5.0 and after 5 years on the original tires my wife thinks it's I found I find out where the jack points are.
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Old 04-21-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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The current owner's manual posted by Escape says "place the jack under the axle mounting bracket", and provides an illustration on page 17. Unfortunately, this means jacking ahead of the axle line, so it is not as stable as jacking behind the axle line, and it's hard to reach there because the wheel is in the way. If you have a jack with a cup or rubber pad which will hold the bottom of the frame securely, my suggestion of an alternative would be on the frame behind the wheel, as close to the wheel as you can reasonably get your jack.

One problem unique to the fifth-wheel trailers (5.0 and 5.0TA) is that they have two front jacks, so if you jack up one side of the trailer when it is not hitched to the truck you will be twisting the trailer frame and body. That's not a problem if supported by a single point at the front (the hitch), so it would be better for the trailer to jack it up while still attached to the truck and not using the front "landing gear" jacks - that would be the case anyway, if you're only jacking it up to change out a flat tire on the side of the road.
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Thank you for responding. There is no information in the single axel manual other then don't it your self.
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I use a small floor jack directly on the steel plate holding the spindle. I have to incline the jack slightly but it works well. I had a photo of it but can't find it. The first thing that I do after jacking is place a couple of jack stands under the frame.

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One problem unique to the fifth-wheel trailers (5.0 and 5.0TA) is that they have two front jacks, so if you jack up one side of the trailer when it is not hitched to the truck you will be twisting the trailer frame and body. That's not a problem if supported by a single point at the front (the hitch), so it would be better for the trailer to jack it up while still attached to the truck and not using the front "landing gear" jacks - that would be the case anyway, if you're only jacking it up to change out a flat tire on the side of the road.
Thanks for mentioning that. It's something I've been thinking about.
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