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    What are RVers using for a trailer jack if you need to change a flat? Will my F150 scissor jack work? I kinda don't think so but I haven't pulled it out to give it a try. I used one of my floor jacks several months ago and it barely lifted the axel. We are going on an extended trip and want to be prepared.
    John and Lori
    2018 F150 XLT SCAB 2.7l
    2021 Imagine 22MLE

  • #2
    I don't know what you have for a floor jack and how you are lifting it, but with the 3500 lb axles a 2 ton floor jack should be able to lift 1 side with no issues unless you are overloaded.

    I have a cheap bottle jack from Tractor supply in the camper along with the truck jack as a backup most truck jacks are over 2 ton). I think my bottle jack is 5 or 10 ton and cost under $30. I do jack directly under a u-bolt and need to look at making me an adapter for the top so I can spread the load over the axle better.

    As for your floor jack, you may need to check and top off the fluid level. I've had to top off one of mine as they tend to loose a bit of oil over years of service.
    Joseph
    Tow
    Vehicle: 2018 GMC K2500 Denali Diesel
    Coach: 303RLS Delivered March 5, 2021
    South of Houston Texas

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JHC View Post
      What are RVers using for a trailer jack if you need to change a flat? Will my F150 scissor jack work? I kinda don't think so but I haven't pulled it out to give it a try. I used one of my floor jacks several months ago and it barely lifted the axel. We are going on an extended trip and want to be prepared.
      I'm a bit overkill (as I seem to always do). I have a 12 ton Torin Big Red Stubby bottle jack with a "Safe Jack" saddle that sits on the piston to cradle the axle under the u bolts. The stubby is short enough with the saddle and a 2x8 to fit under the axle.
      Terry and Patty (Dogs-Sophie and Tessa)
      2020 Reflection 297RSTS - bought Oct 2019
      2021 F350 crew cab, SRW, 6.7L diesel, 14K equal-i-zer hitch

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      • #4
        Something to remember is the if you are planning to use a bottle jack to lift a flat tire . . . it will have to be very short to get under the axle (assume that the rim will be sitting on the ground). A work-around for this is to roll the remaining tire on that side, up on to blocking to get enough height to get the jack under the axle with the flat tire.

        Rob
        Cate & Rob
        (with Border Collies Molly & Angel and their kitty Gracie)
        2015 Reflection 303RLS
        2014 Ecoboost F150 with Heavy Duty Payload Package
        Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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        • #5
          I vote for a bottle jack instead of a floor jack. Not just as a space saver, but the floor jack may not work well on a soft road shoulder or a graveled RV space. Second Cate & Rob on using leveling blocks to get the flat high enough to get the jack under it, and Terry and Patty on a saddle for the top of the piston (there are several threads here on making your own saddle and commercially available saddles)
          John
          2018 Momentum 395M
          2018 Ram 3500 Dually
          Every day is a Saturday, but with no lawn to mow.

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          • #6
            We’re carrying the Trailer-Aid “Plus”. Although we haven’t had a flat we tested our 22MLE and it lifts the wheel off the ground just enough to spin it. I also carry a couple pieces of plywood in case I need a little more lift.

            https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-23-...ating/29764294

            The Plus is a little taller than the original Trailer-Aid
            2010 Tundra SR5 DC 5.7L
            2020 Imagine XLS 22MLE
            Andersen WDH
            Dexter E-Z Flex Suspension Kit
            2018 Rockwood Mini Lite 2104s
            2014 Jayco x17z Hybrid

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            • #7
              Thank you all. The Trailer Aid is pretty slick. That, along with a bottle jack seems to be all I would need.
              John and Lori
              2018 F150 XLT SCAB 2.7l
              2021 Imagine 22MLE

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JHC View Post
                Thank you all. The Trailer Aid is pretty slick. That, along with a bottle jack seems to be all I would need.
                Make sure and test the Trailer Aid in your driveway before you need to use it. I have to use a small bit of wood underneath to get the tire to clear the pavement. The extra wood on the back keeps the Trailer Aid from sliding (which it will do sometimes) on concrete.


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                Howard, 2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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                • #9
                  I had ordered a Trailer Aid standard size when I first got the fifth wheel. After trying it out to lift a tire, it did not work so I returned it. Having to add wood blocking or even going with the next size up just did not make sense for ease of storage and weight. A simple bottle jack and cradle such as the Bottle Jack Buddy take up less space and is easy to use. For more complicated repairs, I do also carry 2 jack stands.
                  Vivian
                  2018 Reflection 303rls
                  Ford F-350 diesel long bed 4 x 4 SRW
                  Demco Recon

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