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Old 04-29-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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With the Lance in place and the spare under the bed...what happens when you get a flat?

I know, I know call Good Sam ERS. But there are many places out West where the cells don't work or there is nothing around but sagebrush and snakes.

So, remove camper, then access spare?
Remount spare in front of bumper like I see being done a lot?
Put spare on top of camper?
Throw it in the camper and take out at every campsite to be used as a nite light?

I am looking for some practical fixes.

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With the Lance in place and the spare under the bed...what happens when you get a flat?

I know, I know call Good Sam ERS. But there are many places out West where the cells don't work or there is nothing around but sagebrush and snakes.

So, remove camper, then access spare?
Remount spare in front of bumper like I see being done a lot?
Put spare on top of camper?
Throw it in the camper and take out at every campsite to be used as a nite light?

I am looking for some practical fixes.

Thanks
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CyberVet65,

My jack handle will just barely fit in the hole to lower the spare with the camper on.

But I have read that others simply remove the tie downs and slightly lift the camper to get to the spare.

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Thanks, I think I am going to just leave it where it is and if necessary lift the camper a bit.
Besides I don't want to be jacking up the camper and the truck. I do have a 12 ton bottle jack.
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I made a tool that fit on the end of a 3/8 inch rachet and carry in my tool box. It allows me to lower and raise the Dodge spare tire with camper on.

Closely examine the hole that the jack handel fits into to crank the tire up and down and see if a nut/bolt head can fit. Then a little welding to a socket extension and you're there.

I have a $19 20 ton jack that fits under my rear seat. 40,000 pounds should be enough to raise most rigs.
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Chet,

When I had a flat on the Thruway two years ago, I just lifted the camper a bit with the Stable-Lift, inserted half of the handle to lower the spare and used a ratchet with a 1/2" socket on the end instead of using both parts and the lug nut wrench to turn it. Got all done, put the camper back down and drove away.

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Well! Some folks have the Stable lift system and some folks just use Happijacs!
Rich, good to see you are still camping.
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Still camping Chet! Not as much as we'ld like to with the new business and all, but we're still managing!

Any chance you can make it back this way in September for the The North East Rally? We've changed the web address, BTW, due to some technical difficulties. www.NorthEastRally.org instead of .com.

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Oh yeah, I see Dick Cutting is headed your way (not to hijack the thread or nothin' )

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What is this Northeast rally? Who is it put on by, is there a place to camp on the grounds, etc?
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www.NorthEastRally.org

You can click on the past years pages to get some idea of what goes on. It's for Ford Diesel trucks. We usually have Ford and International representatives there, quite a few vendors and a lot of Ford Diesel trucks.

We had the very first public test drive of the 6.0L in 2002 and were treated to four trucks and an Excursion that the employees at KTP built on the slow line and drove up from Kentucky themselves just for the rally. Two years ago we had THE diagnostic troubleshooting team and all of their equipment from Ford Motor Company and they analyzed, fixed, reprogrammed anyone's truck who had problems and also pushed a few buttons for some attendees in getting some tough problems resolved.

It's a great time at a great location with some of the best food you'll ever eat.

As far as camping, those with RV's usually set up at a local campground nearby where we've done things such as install an aftermarket suspension in the middle of a grass field, change out injectors at 2 in the morning and other stuff.

To read more about it, you can also go to www.thedieselstop.com go to the forums and then click on Events and Rallies. Look for the North East threads.

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It's just for diesel owners? I have a V10 in my F350. I live up near Plattsburgh about 100 miles from LakeGeorge. My Uncle retired from Ford, and I know he would love something like that.
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