Lifting a Torsion Axle Trailer

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Jacking up a trailer with leaf spring suspension is fairly straightforward. But if your trailer is like our 2012 Rockwood Ultra-Lite 2701SS, it has torsion axles... and that's a different story. But with some research I found a way that's easy and safe. You'll need a bottle jack appropriately sized for your trailer and four jack stands (also known as axle stands). The photos below are from the spring of 2017 when I installed a new set of tires we had mounted and balanced at a local tire store.

My first step was to hitch up our truck for safety.

Hitched for security

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I used a locally purchased bottle jack and a few of pieces of wood to raise it. Our trailer has a 3" lift, so they were a big help.

Bottle jack and pads

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I slid the pads and bottle jack in between the tires and underneath the frame, and unscrewed the centre post to make contact. I positioned the jack so I could access the handle between the tires, which is obvious when the wheels are still on. When they're off, not so much!

Bottle jack in position Jacking point

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It didn't take much jacking to get the tires off the ground - torsion suspension doesn't droop as much as I thought it would. Once it was up, I slid the jack stands around behind the wheels where the axle is closest to the frame. After gently lowering the trailer onto the stands, I removed the wheels. The procedure was repeated for the other side, where I left the jack in place (but not supporting the trailer).

Jack stand point - 01 Jack stand point - 02 Jacks on road side The lift kit Trailer on jack stands

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When the new tires were on the procedure was reversed to lower the trailer back down.

Wheel bling on

This method is great for planned maintenance. But in anticipation of a tire change mid-trip, we bought a Trailer Aid Plus.

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