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Old 08-16-2016
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While reading forum messages, I read about the Bird squatting low to the ground and possibly crushing people. What is the safe blocking technique? Is blocking needed for oil changes? anytime someone is going under the bus? All information will be helpful, safety first. Thanks, Bill
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While reading forum messages, I read about the Bird squatting low to the ground and possibly crushing people. What is the safe blocking technique? Is blocking needed for oil changes? anytime someone is going under the bus? All information will be helpful, safety first. Thanks, Bill
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ANYTIME you go under, unless air bags deflated, and fully squatted down. But, then it is so low, I cannot get under much!

I use both 20 ton stands, and solid wood blocks. I block under frame members, using the hydraulic jacks to raise it up, then block. If need to go higher, I then put blocks under the hydraulic jacks, and do it again.
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There are several threads addressing working under the bus, and the various methods.,, the air suspension is tricky please ask and do the research.
use the google search on the forum pages.
Here is one thread.
http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ead.php?t=1166
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I don't now what the odds of it happening are but even with the bird bags are deflated if you had a tire blow out while under the bus, it would drop another 6 inches and you would get squished...

Me thinks using the appropriate support stands would be the best option...
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I follow a couple of rules. I jack at the suspension pivot point with a 50 ton jack and a 6x6 half inch steel plate on the top of it. I never get under the bus if a wheel has been removed without other precautions. I try to use two jacks (I have a 30 ton as well) on a solid surface.
I air it up, place the jacks and let it settle. My projects which require jacking can be done over a couple of days so I can watch the action of 45,000 lbs of bus on my jacks over time. If anything moves, we rethink the whole thing.
The 6x6 half inch steel plate spreads the load and doesn't deform like parts of the bus would if you jacked in the wrong spot. When working with a wheel off such as rear shock replacement I put a 20 ton jack under the axle. This helps when changing rear air springs too. You can set the axle low to widen the space available, then jack it up to get some air to flow to the springs. I do one side at a time with air connected to my shop compressor. The first time I did it, it took the best part of a day. Mostly to figure out where everything was. The other side was done in a couple hours mostly out from under the bus.
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Something to be aware of is the method used to spec jack stands. Most are sold as a pair and rated for the total load, not the individual jacks. If you buy a 20 ton pair of jack stands they will probably be 10 tons each. Be sure how yours are rated before going under!
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The surface where your jacks are place is as important as the jack. Ground that will support your car and maybe even the bus wheel, may not support a small jack base. Use appropriate sized spread blocks under your jacks.
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I have a big selection of 6x6 timbers,i crib up under my coachs.just like house movers do.

Recently while doing a brake job on my coach i had the coach cribbed up under the rear bumper area.
I work on one side at a time,leaving wheels on the other side.
The side i'm working on has cribbing under both axles.
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