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Old 11-04-2011, 10:58 AM   #11
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I do not use a jack. I use my "lego blocks" used to level the trailer as a ramp. Drive or back up the trailer on to the ramp built from the level blocks and the other tire will be off the ground enough to change.
x2, but mine is a stack of two 2x8 wood beveled on each end. Simple and cheap, works fine for tandem axle.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:46 PM   #12
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I found an old scissors jack in a car being junked. Now have it in the bottom of the camper with a 4 way lug wrench. Hope it will work if I ever need it. Just hope to never need it.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:26 AM   #13
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I use a Trailer Aid. Well haven't used it yet but have seen it used. It took half the time of using a jack and is safe. The investment was about 45-50 dollars. It is stored in one of the lower storage bins. Well....well worth having.
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These work great. I also use mine when changing the oil on my minivan or just doing work under the car.
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I found an old scissors jack in a car being junked. Now have it in the bottom of the camper with a 4 way lug wrench. Hope it will work if I ever need it. Just hope to never need it.
A word of caution - i used a "car scissors jack" on a 4700 lb boat/trailer. Jack went up fine but buckled when loosening the lug bolts. I am not sure there is enough lateral strength in that type of jack. just my experience....
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A word of caution - i used a "car scissors jack" on a 4700 lb boat/trailer. Jack went up fine but buckled when loosening the lug bolts. I am not sure there is enough lateral strength in that type of jack. just my experience....
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Always loosen the lug nuts while the vehicle is on the ground (Just 3/4 turn is all that is needed) lift the vehicle finish removing the wheel put the new one on snug up the lug nuts put the vehicle on the ground and do the final tighten...

this will prevent you from accidentally knocking the vehicle off the jack...

OK safety sermon over
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:34 AM   #16
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I carry a floor jack with a removable 2 piece handle. It is easier to use for my truck than the OEM truck jack also.
I also keep a floor jack in the bed of the pick-up and a pair jack stands. You never know if they will be needed. Also a 4-way lug wrench.
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Excellent point - My practice has been to use the jack just enough to reduce the weight on the lug nuts and lug bolts so the weight of the trailer does not rest on point of contact between wheel and lug bolt. But keep enough weight on the tire to keep from rocking the trailer (no pun intended) when loosening the lug nuts. And of course wheel chocks are always a required safety device. Guess my point was and is, not all "car scissors jacks" will be strong enough for all trailers - exercise caution.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:07 AM   #18
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I carry an old Toyota Carolla jack for my Rhino but the jack in my one ton Dodge will lift one axle of the trailer. You are correct, all scissors jacks are not equal.
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