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Old 01-28-2022, 06:50 AM   #1
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Tire jack options - see the pics

Debating if I should get on of these two jack systems. The Trailer Aide or the Trailer Legs.

Got a Keystone Passport SL 229RK with Dexter axles. Not sure if the Dexter axles make a difference in my selection. I think the Trailer Legs would be more reliable in terms of getting the wheel off the ground.

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Old 01-28-2022, 07:21 AM   #2
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I have a Trailer Aide. It works ok.

If I run the forward axle up on it the rear tire on that side will be off the ground.
If I run the rear axle on it the front the rear will NOT be off the ground unless I put a 2x8 under it. It needs more lift because the front of the trailer is hooked to the truck.

A friend has a dual axle trailer, and the ramp will NOT work because the axles are too far apart.
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Old 01-29-2022, 03:38 AM   #3
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Whichever one you pick try it in your driveway before you head out on a trip thinking you're good to change a tire. Luckily I had boards to put the ramp on. It worked on my former 5er but not on the current one. Weird.
Carry a bottle jack now.
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Old 01-29-2022, 06:07 AM   #4
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...........Carry a bottle jack now.
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Old 01-29-2022, 06:42 AM   #5
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Small floor jack is a much better option. It has a bigger foot print and your trailer is much less likely to fall off.
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Old 01-29-2022, 06:52 AM   #6
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I vote for the bottle jack. Measure distance between axle and ground for jack size. You can always drag the flat tire up on 2x6/8 to get more room for the jack.
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Old 01-29-2022, 07:47 AM   #7
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Dexter axle manual says absolutely, don't jack on the axle tubes. Wheel alignment may be adversely affected.
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Old 01-30-2022, 04:14 AM   #8
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You jack on the spring, not the axle.
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Old 01-30-2022, 11:57 PM   #9
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There are two sizes of 'Trailer Aide' I got the taller one and still may have to put a 2x6 under it.

A curb works as well if available and it is tall enough.

I've changed two flats on my dual axle, one with the 'Trailer Aide' and the other with a hospital parking lot curb. Curb was faster. Just drive the good tire onto the curb and the flat one was off the ground.

I had the opportunity to use the aluminum version of the 'Trailer Legs' on my single axle boat trailer. With the tire flat, the leg kept slipping and sliding on the asphalt even though I secured it with rope. After banging it into the asphalt it held and raised the wheel. Wouldn't be able to do that with plastic.
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Old 01-31-2022, 07:55 AM   #10
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I have two jacks for lifting one end of a axle with a flat tire on any surface conditions
Mu oldest is a 1972 Trucker Special 12t shorty hyd bottle jack with a axle adapter. The base is 10" X 10" for soft surfaces.
It comes with a 52" long handle. Slide iit under the axle next to the U bolt and simply lift one end of the axle till the tire comes off and the spare goes on. I used this jack with my hauling business. Its jacked many a truck or trailer axle in ice/snow/mud/110 degree heat/etc on interstates and less traveled state hiways when I was on the road

My favorite is a 4500 lb rated two speed scissor jack. It comes with a 5' handle. Again simply slide the jack under the axle. No problems
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