How to Lift a Tent Trailer

How to Lift a Tent Trailer
You can safely lift your tent trailer to work under the vehicle. The process requires an assortment of tools and safety measures, but can be done by one person. Because tent trailers are different from utility trailers, you'll need to work slowly and make sure the covering for the frame of the trailer, which could be plywood, fiberglass or aluminum, is raised properly and lifted from the right location.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Signage
  • Jack
  • 4 jack stands
  • 4 planks, 2 by 6 inches by 3 feet
  • 6 planks, 2 by 6 by 15 inches
  • 4 wheel chocks
 
Step 1
Move the trailer to a level, paved area such as an asphalt driveway. Park the trailer so you and the trailer are out of the way of passing vehicles. Immobilize the trailer with four wheel chocks. Place one against each tire as you would use a sandbag or brick to create a sturdy barrier against a moving object. Disconnect the trailer and drive the tow vehicle away so you have more room to work.
Step 2
Place the jack under one corner of the trailer. Raise the jack until it is within 2 inches of the bottom portion of the trailer. Stockpile 15-inch planks under the jack to raise it to this level.
Step 3
Guide the 3-foot-long plank into a 45-degree angle under the corner of the trailer. If a few inches of the board protrude past the side of the trailer and past the front, you have done this correctly. The board will protrude past the front if you've positioned the jack at the front corner and from the rear if you have positioned the jack at the back corner.
Step 4
Adjust the jack so that when it extends forward, it presses against the center of the 3-foot plank and not just the edge.
Step 5
Pump the jack until the trailer is at an elevation level that allows the jack stand to pass. The jack stand must fit snugly under the diagonally placed 3-foot plank. Inch the jack stand as close to the jack as possible and lower it so the weight of the trailer transfers onto the stand.
Step 6
Remove the jack and 15-inch planks. You are now done with this side of the trailer. Repeat the previous steps for the other side of the trailer until each corner is raised.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Add additional 15-inch planks under the jack if you require a higher elevation. If you add additional planks, you must do so at each corner. Accommodate the new height by raising the trailer a few inches higher and increasing the height of the jack stand.
 
Never work under a trailer with your legs extended out to a busy road. Always use signage and barriers to indicate that you are working under the trailer and may exit at any time.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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