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Old 06-01-2020, 08:29 AM   #21
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What sort of jack do you take with on trips? Floor jacks are large. Bottle jacks smaller and lighter, but need something to raise them up.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:09 AM   #22
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What sort of jack do you take with on trips? Floor jacks are large. Bottle jacks smaller and lighter, but need something to raise them up.
I take 2 Bottle Jacks with some 4 x 4 blocks as cribbing... I do have an aluminum floor jack with a removable handle but even I think that's overkill and I am a doomsday prep for anything kind of guy...
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What sort of jack do you take with on trips? Floor jacks are large. Bottle jacks smaller and lighter, but need something to raise them up.
I take 2 Bottle Jacks with some 4 x 4 blocks as cribbing... I do have an aluminum floor jack with a removable handle but even I think that's overkill and I am a doomsday prep for anything kind of guy...
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Old 06-15-2023, 08:03 AM   #24
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Safe jacking points dual axles

Bumping an oldie here after using search ... I'm glad I found this discussion as I might have just run a floor jack underneath the axle and done damage that further thins my already hidebound wallet!

Now to my question: What rule of thumb applies to for choosing a bottle jack with sufficient weight capacity to lift the tandems off the ground on one side at a time?

Thanks in advance,

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PS via edit: the GVWR on my 224BH is 5600 lbs.
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I use a Harbor Freight 20 Ton bottle jack because it has a longer extension than the smaller jacks. I still need to add a block or two under the jack to reach the bottom of the frame. Once raised I used jack stands under the frame as an added precaution.

An added tip....loosen the lugnuts just a bit before raising the wheels off the ground.

https://www.harborfreight.com/20-ton...ack-56736.html
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I use a Harbor Freight 20 Ton bottle jack because it has a longer extension than the smaller jacks. I still need to add a block or two under the jack to reach the bottom of the frame. Once raised I used jack stands under the frame as an added precaution.

An added tip....loosen the lugnuts just a bit before raising the wheels off the ground.

https://www.harborfreight.com/20-ton...ack-56736.html

Roger that. Thanks.

You didnít note the weight of your trailer. In round numbers, is the GVWR 5,000 or 7,500 or 10,000lbs?

Iím trying to get a perspective on how much jack to purchase to lift (one side of) my ~ 5,000 travel trailer.
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Old 06-15-2023, 10:17 AM   #27
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Just double weight jacks are pretty reasonable these days. Sleep better at night! lol
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You didnít note the weight of your trailer. In round numbers, is the GVWR 5,000 or 7,500 or 10,000lbs?

My trailers max GVWR is 7700 pounds. So far I never come close to that. Loaded for a months trip with clothes, food, and 65 gallons of water my CAT scale weight was 6875 pounds. I bought the bigger bottle jack for is jacking height, not it's weight rating. Just a little bit of over-kill.
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My trailers max GVWR is 7700 pounds. So far I never come close to that. Loaded for a months trip with clothes, food, and 65 gallons of water my CAT scale weight was 6875 pounds. I bought the bigger bottle jack for is jacking height, not it's weight rating. Just a little bit of over-kill.
10-4. I can see that. There's an inevitable bit of lag between lifting a vehicle of any type and getting stationary jack-stands in place, so overkill is good when you are basically depending on an O-ring to keep your trailer from rolling over towards you.

I have a couple of 8"x8" blocks that I use with screw type leveling jacks for on site set-up that will double for a jack-base. The next time I'm in town I'll swing by HF and take a look.

Thanks again!
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