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Axle stand weight capacity

Currently looking into axle stands and taking advice from Messrs Wallet and Paranoia. Trouble is, they cannot agree. So, imagine yourselves under a 4 ton motorhome with the rear wheels off and supported on a pair of new stands. What would _you_ prefer to see printed on the sides? 2, 3, 4, 6, or 12 tons??

NB: stands are commonly rated per pair, and not singly.
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Re: Axle stand weight capacity

I assume this is a twin axle van with the weight?

That being said I'd probably want 4 tone stands or even 4 to be extra sure

Trouble is if you start going to 6-12 ton stands is the minimum height tend to be quite high so you are jacking the van up a long way to get them under
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Re: Axle stand weight capacity

You could start by checking the maximun permissable axle loads, take the highest rated axle (probably front).

Each stand should be able to carry at least half of the axle loading.

If half of axle load approaches the stand rating, consider a higher rated stand so as to have a safety factor.
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Re: Axle stand weight capacity

Why do you need them?
When I had my Nissan Terrano2 and was doing repairs and maintenance myself, I splurged for the highest stands I could afford. 2 ton car, I had 4 8 ton stands, and a 8 ton jack (needed to get the car high enough).

Made working on the car a whole lot easier.
Don't take risks with lifting your car.
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