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2oldman

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The rear dually caps on aluminium wheels are very hard to remove.
I manufactured hook just for the job

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I like the Unijack ! I bought one for my son-in-law for their TT.

I would have bought the 4000 lb version because it has a minimum height of 8-5.8". Remember you are only picking up about 1/4 of the total weight.

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You better check what the ratings are about.
Usually 3 ton jack has purpose of lifting passenger cars, who whole are below 3t.
Years ago I had bus conversion who weight 16t.
Having 5t jack stand, I figured the stand should support rear corner. (they should have big safety factor afterall)
When I open the hydraulic jack valve to lower it, the 5t stand split with no visible resistance. Just like knife in soft butter.

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BB_TX wrote:

What you are suggesting should work I guess. But why carry all that extra equipment when the OEM jack works fine. My jack on my 2012 F350 is behind the back seat out of sight until needed and works fine with a flat. I know as I had a blowout a couple years ago. Placed jack under axle near springs. Should have read manual, but on side of busy highway and in a hurry to get off, I didn't.


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The factory jack should be rated for a fully loaded truck (GVWR) plus a safety margin. Aside from a camper, you might have other cargo that's not able to be unloaded roadside to repair a flat tire, maybe gravel, mulch, bricks, whatever. Also remember that the jack isn't lifting the whole loaded truck in the air so you can work on it, it's only lifting one corner a couple inches so you can change a tire.


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The times I have changed my tires I have released the turnbuckles and raised the camper off the truck to take the weight off then used a 6 ton bottle jack to jack up the axle to change the tire.


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As others mentioned the factory jack will have capacity to raise one wheel of the truck when fully loaded.

They are mechanical screw jacks so will not come down suddenly, accidentally or otherwise.

Bottle hydraulic jacks are very reliable in my experience but I will not trust a hydraulic only support under a vehicle.

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I'm glad the OP is thinking and asking about this.
A screw jack, or any other, the more weight your lifting the harder it is to operate. If you pull the flat up on some kind of ramp, get center of axle as high as normal, then jack, it takes less travel while lifting the load. It also reduces the chance of getting flat off and discovering you are not high enough to get the good back on. And jacking up more, with no wheel in place, is the "best" chance of injury or damage if it falls.
Back in the day, flats where more often. Many, if not most, learned about tire changes before we learned to drive, watching/helping Dad. Now it does not happen often. But I still say everybody should do it on a nice day in the driveway. In the dark, cold rain, traffic rolling past, is not the best time to learn how to do it.

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My wife got her DL when we've been married already.
At the time I made her change the wheel so she knows.
Would she do it today, since years passed? I doubt it, but at least she has an idea.

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