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Old 03-14-2010, 09:05 AM
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Camper jacks for body lift

I've never owned a camper - I see that there are sets of 4 on Craigslist. These are the kind that mount on the camper. Not talking about the floor stand kind where there's only 2 and you have to get the balance right.

The sets of 4 come in two styles - hand crank and hydraulic.

I want to try them out and adapt them as a cab lift on my truck project. So I can lift and lower the cab on and off my frame the 6-12 times it will take to do all the mods.

I'm hoping they have around 12-24" of travel. Do they???

And which would be easier to use for this application - the hand crank or the hydraulic style?

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your better off finding some old farm jacks or high lift jacks
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I think that is a great idea..the ones I used had enough travel to lift a camper from the ground to bed height so one could back the truck under the camper. the only sticky point is how you attach them to the cab so they can be easily removed at the end of the project..maybe fab some kind of cradle for the cab? the hydraulic ones worked the best for me..

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why not use a board through cab and use your cherry picker ?
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why not use a board through cab and use your cherry picker ?
#1 Don't own one.
#2 Don't want a single pick point with all the balance & safety issues.
#3 Going to be doing this a lot as I adapt transplanted cab to different frame and have to mockup and fab body mounts - therefore I need to be able to position and control accurately.
#4 Want to be able to roll the chassis out from under the cab - little hard to do with the legs of the picker stuck in front of the wheels.
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your better off finding some old farm jacks or high lift jacks
Availability - there are more used camper jacks for sale in the metro areas of SoCal then there are farm jacks.

Back to the questions of the OP - oh yeah that's me!

How much travel do they have and which would work better - the crank or the hydraulic style?
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A 2T chainfall in front and a 1T comealong in back. Originally I used 2 chainfalls but the comealong works better. Weight of this body and what's attached at that point - probably in the neighborhood of 6-700 pounds.

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Camper jacks for body lift

if you got room , cherry picker is my way , i board up and strap down my cab .no worries on good floor .
i've done this to where it will dang near put it high enough to fix floor pans .
i seen one a body shop used and it tilted cab at a 90 degree to weld pans .
sky hook may be best , but them jacks usually only go high enough to clear the humps , fender wells .not the hole bed .
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.maybe fab some kind of cradle for the cab? the hydraulic ones worked the best for me..

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Yes exactly - fab a cradle. Tie into the front door hinge mounts and the rear door (my truck is a crew cab) latch point mounts. Then 2x4 or 2x6 spanner boards to go across and span beyond the path of the tires. Also some flat bar or shallow angle iron to cross between the bottoms of the jack bases so they don't kick out when I bump into one.
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I really don't like those camper jacks for anything but what they are designed to handle. They have very little lateral stability, even attached to a trailer. I have them on the rear my 34' 5th wheel camper and they need additional bracing to stop back and forth movement. They are only stamped sheet metal, attached to a 4x6 base with a similarly sized top platform and only extend 20-24 inches. Will they hold the weight - yes, but if you do use them, make sure that they are properly braced.
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You are thinking out side the box and I like your ideal. You are not talking about a lot of weight. With your thoughts of utilizing the door hinge attaching points, should be able to stabilize the system with cross bracing and some strong casters on the bottom of the jacks would let the on and off operation be a one man affair. Hydraulic jacks with one pump and connecting hoses could be rigged to easily raise all four jacks simultaneously.

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Just so we are all on the same page this is the jack i am thinking of:

http://www.riecotitan.com/camperjack...aulicjack.html

those lift 2000 lbs each and I think with a 36inch lift travel some sort of implement can be fabricated that allows one guy to easily move and remove a truck cab or even a whole car body..

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I was going to do the same thing, but I also considered of the instability of those Jacks (and the thought of that weight sitting up so high), so I bought some of these used some 4X4's-I picked it up with the cherry picker, then set it on the jacks/4X4's to hold it while I pushed the body underneath-why? I could use the cherry picker and jacks later for other things-

Here's the Jacks I used (I cut them down a little)-

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=41860

Just a thought-
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I just picked up some used camper jacks. Should be about 2-3 wks before I can get my setup going and see if they work OK. If you don't see a post about that time it means the cab fell on me and took me out!!
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I've used my cherry picker/engine hoist many times to pull the cabs of various trucks. What I use is a couple of 2x8s with spacer blocking between so that the 2x8 are 6" apart which then is sandwiched over the lifting beam of the engine hoist. Then its just drilling a hole through the 2x8s and attaching the 2x8 assembly to the top of the engine hoist. With the doors off of the cab slide the beam through the door openings of the cab. Then start raising the hoist up and because of the center mount of the beam it will self level as the load is applied. Works like a champ and as long as you have a nice flat concrete surface to roll on its very stable. One man job to pull/lift a truck cab off the frame. I usually grab a few wood pallets and stacked together as a place to set the cab or you can make a cheap dolly to set the cab on.
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