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Old 05-29-2015, 09:08 AM   #1
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jack and tire changing block?

Will the screw type bottle jack I have for my TV work to lift the axle on my TT?

Also, can you use wood blocks to change a tire? I have some 8x8 blocks and thought about cutting a stop in the block and improvising some type of ramp to drive the axle onto...something like a Trailer Aid.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:16 AM   #2
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You'll go crazy trying to raise one axle to lift the other. Take a look at how the springs are connected via a pivot so that the loads are transferred to both axles at the same time.


If your bottle jack will lift 1/4-1/3 of the weight of your tow, how much is 1/2 of your TT versus the jack's rated capacity?


Just chock every wheel you can.
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Also, from what I understand, you want to avoid jacking by the axle itself. Apparently they are easy to bend so you want to jack by the frame.

If the occasion ever happens for me, I'm planning to raise the affected axle using my leveling blocks as a ramp. But I still have to test that to ensure it will work.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:43 AM   #4
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I carry a "stack" of 3- 2x12s of increasing length and screwed together to make a ramp/block. It worked well on my cargo trailer, have not had to use it for my TH yet (knock on wood) so can't say for sure it will work there.
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We have Dexter torsion axles. The jack cannot be placed under them. I have one piece of angle iron that I can put a jack under. The bottle jack should work fine. My old Trailblazer had a really nice jack that worked for both truck and trailer. The jack in my Sierra is crappy so I'm going to buy a bottle jack from Harbor Freight.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:02 AM   #6
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I carry a small hydraulic floor jack in a plastic case (came with my 2-ago work truck) and I lift the wheel for service by getting under the U-bolt/spring perch assembly. Watch out for the brake wires! The breaker bar and socket for the lugs is stored in the same case.


Again, AFTER chocking everything else. And making sure the fridge is off.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:29 AM   #7
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I carry a trailer aid tire ramp to pull one wheel onto it to lift the other one.
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I just used blocks of wood under one axle to lift the other off the ground today to grease my bearings. Worked really well. Easy enough to do with the Lynx leveling blocks if a flat ever happened on a trip.
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I have two 4 ton bottle jacks ($20.00 each at Harbor Freight) I use them as mid trailer stabilizer jacks under the frame just forward of the front axle. I also carry several
2 x 8 x 10 wood blocks for use under stab jacks, tongue jack, etc.
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