It has been a while but I am at it again. I was gifted a 1965 Scotty Sportsman in really good shape. I am in the process of dismantling it now. It is not a total takedown (afraid to write this) and I am wondering how in the world I am going to work under it for longer periods of time to refurbish the frame and repaint the exterior floor. Have any of you all built a stand/ramp, purchased something to do this safely? Any ideas as I look ahead will be appreciated.
I know, I know, pictures. This camper was used as a spare bedroom and was kept covered since the early 1970's. Discovered by my daughter when she cut the bushes between herself and the owner. Unfortunately, he passed away a few weeks ago at about ninety. He saw my Hilander restore and wanted me to have his camper.
If you are on concrete you can put the trailer up on wheel dollies. Order two sets of two and that way you have three for one under the tongue jack. Then you can spin your trailer around on it's own axis by yourself. It will also raise the camper up a few inches. Put a small 2x4 in the bottom of the V for another couple inches. Then I use a creeper to work underneath. If that isn't high enough for you then it's time for jacks and blocks.
I put mine on car jacks-the kind that adjust with a peg in a hole. Jack one front corner, place jack on a sturdy frame member. Jack other front corner about the same height and place jack. Do the same for the rear corners. If you want more clearance, jack corner by corner 2-3" at a time. Slow and easy; be safe.
I have my wood Chris Craft lifted up and been working under it for a few months replacing planking. I use automotive jack stands with wooden beam across them and addition staging on the beam to balance it. They are much stronger than they look.
We have ours chock blocked and I bought 4 heavy duty scissor leveling Jack's on Amazon. They were 99.50. Later we will use them while camping. Of course if you have seen a picture of my camper, it's already really high due to PO flipping the Axel's. Be careful.