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Bunker

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Posted: 07/28/21 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am going on a long road trip and I am trying prepare. Do you all use a floor jack when you have blow outs or do you just use the truck's jack? I was looking at getting 1 1/2 ton floor jack to carry with me.

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Posted: 07/28/21 09:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A bottle jack or mechanical jack would be much smaller and lighter.


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Much safer than crawling under the RV. TrailerAid Plus is lightweight but plenty strong enough to carry this 7k load.

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What "Cummins12V98" says...but the economy model...aka wood blocks.

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I assume you mean for the 5er. I've had one flat in 18 years. Used a 12 ton bottle jack.

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2oldman wrote:

I assume you mean for the 5er. I've had one flat in 18 years. Used a 12 ton bottle jack.


^ What I have + wooden blocks.


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Posted: 07/28/21 12:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

truckers Special 12t shorty hyd bottle jack placed under the axle next to the U bolt. This lifts one end of the axle enough to remove the flat and install the spare.
If you use the drive on blocks make a dry run at home. Some have found out the drive on ramp wasn't tall enough.


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Bunker wrote:

I am going on a long road trip and I am trying prepare. Do you all use a floor jack when you have blow outs or do you just use the truck's jack? I was looking at getting 1 1/2 ton floor jack to carry with me.

Thanks.


Many do that carry a floor jack do not understand when you need that jack you are unlikely to have a major component required to safely use that jack, the floor. They are designed to operate on a hard smooth surface. As the lift platform goes up, it moves back in relation to wheels. On a floor, the carriage rolls to stay under load. Most times on the side of road the wheels sink, the platform slips on axle, vehicle falls.


JIMNLIN wrote:

truckers Special 12t shorty hyd bottle jack placed under the axle next to the U bolt. This lifts one end of the axle enough to remove the flat and install the spare.
If you use the drive on blocks make a dry run at home. Some have found out the drive on ramp wasn't tall enough.


Test at home is a good plan no matter what system you use.

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Posted: 07/28/21 03:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ve used bottle jacks for many years on my trailers, I even went so far as to, cut a pipe coupling (larger than the trailer axle) in half and weld it to the top of the jack ram. It makes for a very secure, stable jack point.

However, on our 5er, I just used the hydraulic auto leveling to lift trailer high enough to change a tire or whatever maintenance required ( tire rotation, bearing pack, brake work, ect)! [emoticon] memtb


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ssthrd wrote:

2oldman wrote:

I assume you mean for the 5er. I've had one flat in 18 years. Used a 12 ton bottle jack.


^ What I have + wooden blocks.


Same here w/ 1 blowout in 40+ years of pulling trailers. Keep it simple. And I don't believe a 1 1/2 ton floor jack is enough for anything but a car.

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