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Old 10-08-2007, 08:43 PM   #1
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Just wondering what tonage bottle jack and jack stands everyone was using on the Excel? I'm real close to a Harbor Freight and was thinking about getting some. Never know when it would come in handy. Thanks! Tom
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Just wondering what tonage bottle jack and jack stands everyone was using on the Excel? I'm real close to a Harbor Freight and was thinking about getting some. Never know when it would come in handy. Thanks! Tom
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:01 AM   #3
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Remember Tim the Toolman. Get the 20 ton bottle jack.

I have an 8 Ton and used it once in the Yukon on the Alcan. Worked fine. I'm not carrying jackstands and don't think I want to. Too much weight for too little use.
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:39 AM   #4
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I carry two 6 ton bottles, a 3 ton stand (compact) and a pair of 1/2inch plywod support pads 'bout 9 in sq. Might seem like overkill, but the 6 ton just slids under to spring tie plate with the tires up. When needed, jackup anyway thats safe and use other jack under plate when I have the height to finish jacking. Carry an 15" lenght of 3/4 in pipe to slide over the handle when jacking, makes it earier going up.

If not bottle jacks, what is being used now?
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:12 AM   #5
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While we are on this topic. A few months ago, there was a discussion about jacking an Excel and we never got a PI position on how to do it. Dexter is adamant about not placing a jack on any part of the suspension. Placing a jack on the frame is in my mind asking for trouble unless you have something to distribute the weight and then there is the need to carry a sufficient amount of wood blocks to put under the jack, not really practical when traveling IMO. Having been around trailers all my life I have never seen a problem placing a jack under the spring plate an raising that wheel position to allow removal of the wheel and tire. Hopefully, ExcelRVguy will weight in on this and tell us what PI recommends. Seems like to me this should be in the owners manual. If it is, I missed it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">If not bottle jacks, what is being used now?
Chris </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good Sam Roadside Assistance, but that will be lapsing soon. Won't ever get that again, as they don't like to pay their claims. That's another long story I don't want to get into.

Thanks to all that's responded! Helps me make a decision.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:49 AM   #7
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Good Sams does like sending you junk mail, and they don't mind selling your address either!!

My F550 came with a eight ton bottle jack, but there is no spare tire!! not sure what the logic is behind that move.

But then, my Excel has a spare tire, but no jack. so I guess it kinda works out in the end. Well maybe not. . .truck has 19.5" wheels
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