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« on: August 21, 2007, 07:07:03 AM »
I have a 1968 Starcraft Starmaster 6 and the manual doesn't give you much info. The clearence between the ground and the bottom of the frame is only about a foot...I didn't measure, just eyeballed it. At any rate, I can't get under there.

I need to jack it up somehow without warping it to do a few things...

  1. re-wire lights

  2. new lift cables

  3. replace wheels and bearings


What is the best method of doing this and keeping it like that for a while?

  • I was told jack stands...where do you put them without damaging the trailer.

  • I was also told to drive it onto ramps...not sure if I like that approach.


Any other ideas would be great...
Tom

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007, 07:32:43 AM »
Jack goes on the axle.  
If you put it on the frame you could torque the camper and warp the frame.

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007, 08:16:45 AM »
Tom -

As Heidi/Paul said, you should only jack the PUP up on the axle. However, once it is jacked up, you need to put blocks under the tire and put some weight back on the tire/axles before you crawl under it.  Even in this situation, there is the opportunity for something to shift while you are underneath.

I would look into ramps - this is the 'safest' way to have the PUP elevated while you are working under it.  I bought the 'best' set of plastic ramps for about $40.00.  I have used them a couple times on the front end of my ginormous 1-Ton van - they held fine - will absolutely hold up a 2000# PUP without issues.

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007, 08:22:55 AM »
Thanks for the responses.
If I went the ramp route,  would I pull it onto the ramps with my TV or jack it up and place the ramps under it?
Would I also keep it coonected to the TV?

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2007, 09:16:13 AM »
I pulled my pup onto ramps and left the tv hooked up. Diddn't have any problems and it made wiring my harness easy.

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2007, 09:28:52 AM »
I agree...towing it up onto the ramps with the TV would be the safest way to go...the PUP will be on a stable platform, and will not go anywhere because it is hooked up to the towing vehicle (keep your keys in your pocket so DW doesn't drive away on you when you are underneath...lol)

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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2007, 05:25:59 PM »
I use a portable rolling jack that seems to have a low profile.  I make sure the opposing wheel is well chocked, level ground and jack it up.  Then I put a safety stand under the axel.

I think I like the ramp idea better but you can get by with the jack.  I also think if I was crawling around under the thing or was facing anything other than completely level ground I would also attach it to the TV.

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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2007, 06:27:01 PM »
You might want to check your owner's manual again. My Jayco, and every other camper I have heard owners talk about, specifically say NOT to jack up the axle. It is not designed for that. I think even Dexter, manufacturer of many PUP axles, warn against it.

There are usually a couple of places near each wheel where the trailer frame members cross. Those are the points you put your jack. I have one in front of the wheel and inboard a little, and one behind the wheel and inboard. My owner's manual points out those two locations.

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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2007, 06:43:49 PM »
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My Jayco, and every other camper I have heard owners talk about, specifically say NOT to jack up the axle


I have heard the same thing, some say it can crack or warp the axle.  I think I will have to reread the manual and climb underneath and take a closer look.

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Edited by - oreo_cookies on August 21 2007  18:44:53