If you are lucky enough, get an expert immediately to fix the trailer. Still, no one knows what happens next. What will you do in that situation? Panic? Always remember that there are multiple solutions for every problem.
Hence, to overcome such circumstances without panic, knowing your vehicle before running on the road is the ultimate solution. Educate yourself about the travel trailer. Learn how to change tires, and repair fundamental parts of your trailer. It is necessary to lift up the trailer to replace tire or repair parts under the trailer. Knowing how to jack up a travel trailer properly will be a great help in such conditions.
Types of Commonly Used Jacks
A jack is the main instrument to jack up a travel trailer. Before jumping on learning how to put travel trailer on jack stands, let me introduce some commonly used jacks.
While picking up a jack, you should consider the features such as loading capacity, lifting range, weight, and portability according to your vehicle. The most common jacks are Bottle jacks, Scissor Jacks, and floor jacks.
Bottle Jacks: Unlike the name, a bottle jack is more like a gas cylinder. Its average height is 1 foot and weighs around 18 lbs with 40,000 lbs weight lifting capacity. Bottle jacks have different lifting ranges from 9 inches to 18 inches. These are designed with either hydraulic or pneumatic techniques.
Scissor Jacks: Average weight of a scissor jack is 6.3 lbs which is around 3 kg with 3,300 lbs weight lifting capacity. It is user-friendly and easy to carry around because of its weight, yet, it is not reliable for heavy weight lifting. Scissor jacks are recommended for lifting light weights vehicles like cars.
Floor Jacks: If you are repairing your vehicle at home, a floor jack is the best choice. It has a faster and heavier weight lifting capacity for the feature of dual hydraulic pumps. Nevertheless, it is hard to carry along with you while traveling.
Based on the above features of different jacks, a bottle jack is the smartest choice for the size and weight lifting capacity.
How to Jack up a Travel Trailer with a Bottle Jack?
To safely jack up your travel trailer, you will need some other tools. These tools will help to reliably stabilize the jack. The pieces of equipment are-
Wheel Chocks: To secure the trailer, you will need wheel chocks.
Jack stand: Most people stack wood blocks beneath the jack as a jack stand to secure it. When it comes to safety, the stack of woods might not be stable enough. There will be a chance that the jack slips down at any time and causes an accident.
Therefore, instead of using woodblocks, purchasing a jack stand is the best option. It sets the jack on the ground, especially if the terrain is uneven.
Extensions: Distance between the ground and a travel trailer is around 16-25 inches. Even after completely extending the bottle jack, you may not get the right height. Here comes the necessity of the extensions. I would keep different sizes of extensions in the travel trailer toolbox.
Universal Round Jack Pad: Universal round jack pad is for gripping the frame or axle underneath the trailer. The pad has to be put on top of the jack. Since the casting of round jack pads is fixed, you should choose the size according to your trailer frame.
Flat Jack Pad: A Flat Jack pad is required when you might want to levitate the suspension
How to Jack up an RV Travel Trailer– Step by Step Instructions
Step 1-Securing the Travel Trailer:
Locate your travel trailer on flat ground. Make sure that you activated the parking brake of your tow vehicle. Place the wheel chocks under the wheels. Level the trailer as the tow vehicle.
To unhitch a travel trailer from the tow vehicle, lower down the built-in jack from the tip of the hitch. There are “four built-in stabilizer jacks” in the four corners of the travel trailer. You may utilize those according to your requirements.
Step 2- Preparing the Jack:
Place the jack on the jack stand, adjust the height of the jack by plugging the extensions. Then put the Universal round Jack Pad or flat jack pad on top of the jack.
Step 3 -how to Jack up a Travel Trailer to Change a Tire
Place the jack near the tire you want to change underneath the axle. Use the universal round jack pad on top of the jack to hold the frame of the trailer. Ensure that you attach the jack with the frame since it is the strong point.
Locating the jack with the suspension might damage the trailer. Lift the trailer up until the tire is just off the ground.
Step 4- How to Jack up a Camper or Travel Trailer to Completely Lift off the Ground:
Set the jack near the built-in jack of the travel trailer and jack it up. Subsequently, lower down the built-in jack to the ground and remove the jack. Follow the process for the other three corners each at a time.
When you are finished fixing your trailer, bring back each jack from its place by following the same method.
- How to jack up a single axle travel trailer?
Single axle trailers are connected with both wheels by single axles using spring or directly attaching to the trailer bed. This type of trailer is lighter, so it is easier to jack up. Just follow the above steps to jack it up.
- Can I jack up a fifth wheel trailer following the above instructions?
Yes. You can. However, be careful since a fifth-wheeler is a heavy vehicle.
- How much does a bottle jack cost?
The price of a bottle jack depends on the capacity and brand. The cost of a 2 ton starts at around $6, while the price of a 20-ton bottle jacks starts from $64.
- How to jack up a boat trailer?
You can jack up your boat trailer following the above guidelines. Just make sure that you select the bottle jack.
- What if I don’t have any extension tools for the jack?
It is better to use an extension. However, if the trailer is lightweight, you can stack wood blocks to adjust the height range of the jack.
If you are wondering how to jack up a dual-axle travel trailer, or other types of trailer, well, don’t stress out. Following the above steps will help. The only difference is selecting the perfect jack that has the right weight lifting capacity according to your trailer’s weight. “Practice makes a man perfect.” Therefore, practice practice and practice before heading for a tour on your travel trailer to avoid accidents.