One For The More Experienced Motorhomers

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  1. Bobby22

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    I recently had cause to take my motorhome to have a rear tyre checked. the tyre fitter in his quest to remove the wheel with a trolley jack was struggling.

    The jack lifted the van but the wheel wouldn't come clear of the wheel arch.

    I've searched around for an answer but can't seem to get a definitive solution.

    Has anyone got experience of this and a solution?
     
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    Need to jack it under the chassis, not the axle.
     
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    I guess it was all jacked up on the axle spring mounts, sounds like it wants a lift on the chassis and let the axle drop a bit.

    What van is it?.
     
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    He dosent sound very experienced..............................:(
     
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    If it is a rear-wheel drive van, don't ever let anyone put a trolley jack under the centre differential housing - some 'tyre gorillas' do! This can cause the axle to bend and lead to all sorts of problems. I was advised of this by a Mercedes HGV fitter who warned me not to allow it on my Sprinter-based motorhome.
     
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    His jack wouldn't reach the chassis and i guess even with a very big jack it would need to lift some height as the axle would hang on the suspension.
     
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    No he said he didn't get many m/h in.
     
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    Yes, but it's just the same with some vans.........I would take it elsewhere......
     
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    That's the idea - the suspension droops and the wheel falls clear of the arch. On a commercial vehicle, the jacking point may well be on the suspension spring mounting point where it joins the chassis.
     
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    Front wheel drive ducato .
     
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    Difficult when your in need of urgent inspection.......i had a nail in the tyre and didn't want any terminal damage.
     
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    I don't know if you have an Alko chassis, but I have heard that jacking a van up on this can cause some serious damage??? Maybe Alko chassis owners can better advise?
     
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    I have a 2013 Swift escape 664 as I have said I have read other internet posts but I can't seem to get a solution.

    As has been posted here there could be severe damage done if someone tried to wing it and ended up &£@/)-? It.
     
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    A hefty piece of timber to spread the load is all that is needed.
     
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    As previously said by others, I suggest you find someone who knows what they are doing.
     
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    My tyre is now ok........i am keen to know the proper procedure for future reference. ( I would't want someone else chancing an unsafe lift)
     
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    As said, a heafty piece of timber, (at least 4"x3"x 18" long)placed directly inder the swing arm mounting on an Alko chassis .Or the official jacking point, (usually just in front of,or at ,the front of rear spring hanger for other chassis.
     
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    Silly question, as I've not looked at mine, but is there no reference to safe jacking points the vehicle documentation? If not, is it a question for the dealer / manufacturer?
     
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    Sorry can't help but I did get a blow out once in my old Burstner.

    Took me about 20 minutes to find the jack, only to then discover the van didn't have a spare:whistle2:
     
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    On an alko chassis you need to jack up fram the chassis and allow the suspension to hang to grease the axle

    Joe
     
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