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

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

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

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

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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