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jotityra

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Posted: 08/08/20 04:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What kind of jack do you carry with you in case of a flat tire on your trailer? I'm looking at a bottle jack that has a jack stand in one assembly. like this: Alltrade Tools 620470 Unijack Hydraulic Jackstand, 2-Ton


I used to take small floor jacks but they are too old so I'm looking to get something just for the camper.


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Lwiddis

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Posted: 08/08/20 04:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No jack. Homemade wooden ramp. 2x6 board. Loosen lugs. Run good tire up ramp. Block TT’s other wheels. Change tire.


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Posted: 08/08/20 04:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a tandem axle trailer check out something like this:
Trailer Aid


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Posted: 08/08/20 04:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

6 ton bottle jack. I won't use those trailer aids as they put all the weight of one side on one axle. A bottle jack only lifts the flat tire an inch or so and the other tire stays on the ground so that side of the trailer is supported by both axles.
I have 5200 lb axles. TT has 7850 lbs on the axles. 1/2 of 7850 is 3925.
1/2 of 5200 is 2600 lbs.
I'd be supporting 3925 lbs with 2600 lbs of axle using a trailer aid.

Lwiddis

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Posted: 08/08/20 04:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why do you assume I lift the flat tire more than an inch with my ramp? The tire on the ramp bears weight! Way off on this one, goducks.

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I use trailer aid and have every tool ready on hand.....it's like a pit stop when I flat.

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Posted: 08/08/20 05:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I carry a 6 ton bottle jack. A 2 ton is barely enough for my light weight TT.


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Posted: 08/08/20 05:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've successfully tested and used my tow vehicle jack for my trailer. I'm not sure why it wouldn't work for others.

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Posted: 08/08/20 05:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

goducks10 wrote:

6 ton bottle jack. I won't use those trailer aids as they put all the weight of one side on one axle. A bottle jack only lifts the flat tire an inch or so and the other tire stays on the ground so that side of the trailer is supported by both axles.
I have 5200 lb axles. TT has 7850 lbs on the axles. 1/2 of 7850 is 3925.
1/2 of 5200 is 2600 lbs.
I'd be supporting 3925 lbs with 2600 lbs of axle using a trailer aid.


You do realize, your axles likely see 10,000lb or more when they hit a pothole at 60mph.

Jacking is for practical purposes a static loading situation. The ratings are based on dynamic loading.

That said, we have a 3 ton floor jack and if it's squishy ground, the leveling planks can be put down to support it.


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Lwiddis

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Good points, valhalla.

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