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Old 05-26-2016, 11:30 AM   #1
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How to jack up Scamp 13?

I'm going to need to remove both wheels in order to take them to a shop to have tires mounted and was wondering if it would be OK to jack up the trailer right behind the tires on both sides and then lower it onto cinder blocks?
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:37 AM   #2
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That would be the proper jacking points, but do NOT use cinder blocks. Use jack stands or blocks of wood. Cinder blocks fracture and give way very quickly and you or your trailer may get hurt.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:38 AM   #3
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I'm going to need to remove both wheels in order to take them to a shop to have tires mounted and was wondering if it would be OK to jack up the trailer right behind the tires on both sides and then lower it onto cinder blocks?
On frame only... use jack stands with proper rating (concrete can crumble leaving you with a very lo-rider Scamp).
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:50 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies! Is it best to have the trailer attached to the TV?
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:07 PM   #5
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No. But I'd want to be on a level surface and I'd deploy the stabilizers.
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:23 PM   #6
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I always hitch up before pulling the wheels just for the added stability. If level you should be fine with out it but with it hitched it can't roll. Raz
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:20 PM   #7
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I make sure my Scamp is level. I use one of the 12 x 12 x 2" concrete pads at the front jack. I then jack up each side and place a jack stand on the TUBING and NOT the axle. I leave my Scamp sitting like this when not in use. I deflate my tires to 25lbs and spin the wheels often. My Scamp has the front toilet so I dont deploy the stabilizers because the jackstands are located behind the axle.
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:37 PM   #8
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When buying new tires I take the trailer to tire store and let them remove the wheels to remount new tires. I also let them remove and remount the spare tire since I always buy 3 tires.
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RE: "Is it best to have the trailer attached to the TV?"

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No. But I'd want to be on a level surface and I'd deploy the stabilizers.
Why not? (Assuming of course that you can leave your tug hooked up the entire time the trailer is on jack stands)
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Okay... I concede. Is it best (to leave the trailer hooked to the tow vehicle)? Yes. Is it necessary? No. My projects tend to last more than a few hours, so I'd want the use of my vehicle.

Like Darrell I leave mine on jack stands, wheels raised slightly, whenever it's not in use, which is about 340 days a year (I know... sad, isn't it?). On a stable, level surface, it's not going anywhere.
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Old 05-26-2016, 03:21 PM   #11
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I've NEVER left my trailer hooked to the vehicle when I'm setting it up on jack stands. With THAT said, yes, it (meaning the ground) has to be somewhat level or I wouldnt do it. How would you chock it? I wouldnt depend on the jackstands if it was on dangerously sloped ground...period.

For what it's worth Jon-- you and I are probably running a close race on how long it's been or stays on the stands!

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Okay... I concede. Is it best (to leave the trailer hooked to the tow vehicle)? Yes. Is it necessary? No. My projects tend to last more than a few hours, so I'd want the use of my vehicle.

Like Darrell I leave mine on jack stands, wheels raised slightly, whenever it's not in use, which is about 340 days a year (I know... sad, isn't it?). On a stable, level surface, it's not going anywhere.
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When buying new tires I take the trailer to tire store and let them remove the wheels to remount new tires. I also let them remove and remount the spare tire since I always buy 3 tires.
I would too but I have no running lights and no license plate on the trailer.
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... Is it best (to leave the trailer hooked to the tow vehicle)? Yes. Is it necessary? No.

Thanks for the clarification.. I honestly thought that maybe I had failed to consider some hidden danger. Then my take is: It is no substitute for wheel chocks but can be done for an added safety margin (and of course level ground is a prerequisite!).
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