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Old 01-16-2014, 04:10 AM   #1
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Trailer Jacks ?

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With our first road trip approaching, what to you all carry for a jack in case of a flat on the TT ?
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I carry a 10 ton bottle jack, but I prefer to ramp my good tire up so my bad tire lifts off of the ground.

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I carry a short bottle jack that will fit under a spring perch (be sure it will fit with the tire deflated!), but I primarily use a ramp that will lift the flat tire off the ground by pulling/backing the good tire onto it. Of course, that only works if you have tandem axles.

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Up to now i have used 2 floor jacks , front and rear of the tires on the frame to lift. Is it ok to jack from the axle ?

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If your axles are mounted above your springs, the flat plate below the spring through which the axle u-bolts pass is what I use as a jacking point. That's where the loading from the axle is transferred to the spring, so it's designed to carry that weight. I use a wood block between the spring plate and jack head to cushion and spread the weight. By jacking there, any vertical motion is applied directly to the wheel - you don't have to jack through all the suspension travel as you would by jacking on the frame.

Having said that, NEVER jack directly on an axle tube as they are so thin that you could crush or bend them.

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Please get the plastic ramp , drive the good wheel up on it and bad tire lifts up . I carry that plus a 12 ton shorty bottle jack ... THE RAMP WORKS GREAT
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I have the CAMCO Trailer Aid Plus. Works great and easy.. Got it on Amazon for around $35 with shipping... Allows you lift one tire by rolling up on it with other tire.
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