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gbopp

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Posted: 08/08/20 05:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Amazon has the same jack you're considering except it has a 3 ton bottle jack.

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Posted: 08/08/20 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3 ton bottle jack and a 2x6x6 piece of wood for ground support


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Heres a tip. When the bottle jack, or whatever you have is too tall to fit under the axle, use your leveling blocks to drive the good tire up onto or even under the flat to raise the axle enough to get your jack in place. Got the T shirt

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I carry a bottle jack, but I find that my Ford F350's jack is a lot easier to use because it is raised with a long crank handle that I can operate without being underneath the trailer. (Each trailer tire supports roughly 2,000 lbs. so the F350 jack is not overloaded.)

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I was figuring that the camper weighs 4200 dry, 6000 loaded and if it is still connected to the truck, and i'm only lifting 1 wheel do you think that a 2 ton jack would be enough?


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I still use my old 1978 Truckers special 12t hyd bottle jack. It has a 10" X 10" base made for side of the road use. Long jack handle easily slides the jack under the axle tube next to the U bolts. It came with a adapter that cradles the axle tube. Its jacked 1750 lb on up to 11000 lb axles on loaded trailers. I just had it repacked for the 3rd time since '78.
As one poster say just jack one end of the axle just enough to get the spare back on. That way I'm not lifting the whole side of the trailer.

What ever method you use do a dry run at home especially with those drive on blocks. Lots of members over the years found out they didn't work with their trailers suspension.


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“do you think that a 2 ton jack would be enough?”

This is not the time to save $15 on a 2 ton jack vs. an eight ton. “Just getting by” gets old real fast.

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You have the tandom axel, get the trailor aid or just block up one wheel untill the other gets off the ground. . Your not moving so not really stressing the other side. If it was a problem they wouldn't make them. Carry a bottle jack as a back up.


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Sjm9911 wrote:

You have the tandom axel, get the trailor aid or just block up one wheel untill the other gets off the ground. . Your not moving so not really stressing the other side. If it was a problem they wouldn't make them. Carry a bottle jack as a back up.


I have read that the trailer aid does not work if you have the tandem leaf springs. I ended up buying the 3 ton jack from Amazon. it will be here on wednesday so hopefully it is a good jack. I leave on friday so if it doesn't work I'll just go to walmart and pick up a bottle jack for the trip.

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Works fine on mine, I dont think yours would be different. Years ago, before they had such things people just put one of the tires of the camper up on blocks to change the other one. Same idea just easier. The bottle jack will work fine also. Just carry some extra wood around for a good base. Lego blocks may work but i never tried them under the jack.

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