Class A motorhomes are large, luxurious recreational vehicles that require some special considerations when jacking them up for repair or maintenance. While the general procedure for jacking up a vehicle is relatively similar among all types of vehicles, there are some specific points to consider with regard to Class A motorhomes. In this guide, we’ll cover the steps and factors you need to consider in order to safely and correctly jack up your Class A motorhome.
Before beginning any work on a vehicle, it is important to ensure that safety protocols are followed at all times. When working with Class A motorhomes specifically, always make sure that the parking brake is engaged before beginning any work on the vehicle. Additionally, it is important to remember that there is a weight limit when it comes to jacking up the vehicle. Be sure to check the manual or contact a professional if you’re unsure of your Class A motorhome’s specific weight limit.
Before jacking up your Class A motorhome, make sure you have all of the necessary equipment at hand:
You may also need additional tools such as wrenches and ratchets for removing wheel lug nuts. Make sure these are available prior to begin any work on the vehicle.
Procedure for Jacking Up Your Motorhome
- Park your motorhome on a flat and level surface, ensuring that the parking brake is engaged and the vehicle is in “Park” gear.
- Using wheel chocks, secure the wheels that will not be jacked up (these should be directly opposite from each other).
- Place the jack stands securely under the frame of your motorhome, making sure to double-check their positioning before raising or lowering any weight with them.
- Once you are confident in their placement, use your jack to raise your motorhome off of the ground and onto the jack stands until it reaches whatever height you require for maintenance or repair. Be sure to go slowly when raising and lowering the vehicle back down at an even pace.
- Once the vehicle is up on the jack stands, use a wrench or ratchet to loosen and remove the wheel lug nuts from the wheels you will not be jacking up.
- With your tools in hand, you can now safely and securely perform whatever maintenance or repair work you require on your motorhome while it is off of the ground.
- When finished with your repairs, make sure all tools are put away and any parts are secured back onto the vehicle before lowering it down off of the jack stands back onto level ground. Re-install all wheel lug nuts prior to moving the vehicle and double-check that everything has been done correctly before beginning to drive again.
Tips and tricks for a successful outcome
- Make sure to always use a jack with a weight capacity that is rated for your Class A motorhome.
- Always work on the side of the vehicle that has been securely fastened by wheel chocks and never ever work directly under a raised vehicle.
- Always check for any loose parts or debris that may have been left behind before you begin driving again after performing repairs or maintenance.
FAQs from our readers
You should always use a jack that is rated for the exact weight of your motorhome. If you're unsure what kind of jack to use, consult your vehicle manual or contact a professional to assist.
No, this is not safe and should be avoided at all costs. Instead, make sure to only ever work on the side of the vehicle that has been securely fastened by wheel chocks.
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