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Old 10-27-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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flat tire jack, whats type is best

Day 4 of playing with my new camper in the driveway and the next thing on my list of "must have" is tire jack. My brother (long time camper) suggest a bottle jack. Sounds good, tt should never weight more than 5000lbs, but is that the best choice. And where do you place the jack under the tt, frame or axle? I am naturally trying to keep the weight down, but also be safe.

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Old 10-27-2011, 04:14 PM   #2
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From everything I've read, you should place the jack under the frame close to the axles. I'd err on the side of conservatism and get a bottle jack that will handle 6k lbs.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:42 PM   #3
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In the past I have used the jack from the truck. It is rated for the truck fully loaded and it has worked very well. It somewhat suprised me.
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In the past I have used the jack from the truck. It is rated for the truck fully loaded and it has worked very well. It somewhat suprised me.

X2.

If your trailer is 5,000 lbs you are not jacking up the entire weight. One side would be 2,500 lbs and the hitch is still supporting at least 500 lbs so a 2000 to 2500 lb jack will do it. If your trailer has two axles then the other tire on that side will support some of the weight. Your truck jack would be perfect. I lift my trailers by the spring hangers under the end of the axle. If you try and lift it from the frame you may need a tall jack and lots of blocks.
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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.
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I bought a floor jack from Harbor Freight ( Aluminum racing jack,) cost around $60.00 and are fairly light. I place the jack under the axle I want to remove the tire, be sure and block the tires well, better yet leave hitched to tow vehicle. Another good investment is a 4 way lug wrench, or a 1/2 socket drive breaker bar and socket sized to the lug nut. Also on some wheels, Jayco is installing have a special lug nut, so read the directions on how to remove.

Speaking of lug nuts, be sure and tighten them, a long time ago I learned a lesson about loose lug nuts, we lost a tire on our way to Myrtle Beach, luck was with us, as the free rolling tire did not hit anything. I now have a torque wrench and always check the lug nuts.

Hope you have many flat free trips!!
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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.
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I also bought an aluminum frame floor jack from the same place as buckeyejim . I got the larger one, 3 ton, so it was $199.00 and heavier, but I have a large 5'er also. Probably overkill, but I know it will work. I did have to use it the other day to jack up a friend's tree that he had cut down. It was a large tree and he got his chain saw bar caught. I don't know what the tree weighed, but this jack worked like a champ.
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I have a bottle jack that I got from HF. I also have the "lego blocks". Haven't used either to change a flat, yet. However, when backing into our drive if I get one wheel a bit on the curb it will lift the other wheel off the ground. I'm surprised at how little lift is needed to get one wheel off the ground. I expect if (when) I need it, the Lego block is what I will use first. I also plan to carry the jack, just in case.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:47 AM   #10
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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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