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Old 06-09-2015, 09:52 PM   #1
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Jack type for flat tires

What type of jack is carried/used the most to jack up the trailer for tire changes?
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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I have a 5-ton bottle jack and a milk crate full of wooden blocks I normally use for blocking up beneath the stab jacks.
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Sounds crazy, but I carry my 3 ton floor jack. TV and TT usage.
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My TT is about 7,500lbs. loaded. School me on what size would be appropriate. I see all different sizes of jacks advertised.
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You will never be lifting all the weight at once, only one side. But with any jack, you need some wooden blocks to spread the weight out over at least a foot or so. Letting that small round jack tip support a ton could bend the frame, IMO.

They make a device for driving one tire up on and it raises the other high enough to change the tire. That's probably the best method, but they are expensive and it's something else large to haul around that you may never use.
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Bottle jacks are really compact considering how much they can lift. Mine's a 12 ton and only takes up about a 5"x5"x10"ish corner of a storage crate. I was telling my boys this past weekend that the bottle jack could theoretically lift both my trailer and truck at the same time.

I also just have the bottle jack and a bunch of blocks.
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Bottle jacks are really compact considering how much they can lift. Mine's a 12 ton and only takes up about a 5"x5"x10"ish corner of a storage crate. I was telling my boys this past weekend that the bottle jack could theoretically lift both my trailer and truck at the same time.

I also just have the bottle jack and a bunch of blocks.
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a few years ago I saw a "better mouse trap" jack. essentially it was a treated canvas bag with a hose that fit over the exhaust pipe. slide it under the side of the TV or TT, fire up the engine. The bag inflated, the side of the car arose off the ground. the car could be jiggled around while on the jack, but it never fell down.

(as for me, I use a 6ton bottle jack)
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I carry a 6 ton bottle Jack and some short 2x8 blocks.
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a few years ago I saw a "better mouse trap" jack. essentially it was a treated canvas bag with a hose that fit over the exhaust pipe. slide it under the side of the TV or TT, fire up the engine. The bag inflated, the side of the car arose off the ground. the car could be jiggled around while on the jack, but it never fell down.
Them marshmallows have been marketed since the 1970's!

Haven't caught on yet.

For the TT, I use a 5 ton floor jack. It's plastic case holds the tools to loosen and tighten the lug nuts.

The TV's OEM jack and wrench are under the passenger side rear seat.
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