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Old 05-05-2019, 04:40 PM   #21
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Bottle jack owners: Do you place the jack on the axle to change a tire? Do you use anything to increase the contact area between jack and axle?

Your going to use the spot where the Ubolts hold the springs onto the axle. Depending on which “tool” is available at the time, I have used both a floor jack and my personal 4 ton bottle jack.


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Old 05-05-2019, 06:55 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by tommy_z View Post
Bottle jack owners: Do you place the jack on the axle to change a tire? Do you use anything to increase the contact area between jack and axle?
The bottle jack should be placed between the ubolts and centered on the axle.

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Old 05-09-2019, 07:59 AM   #23
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I fully agree with carrying a good solid jack and blocks, but keep in mind the easiest way to change a tire is often just lifting the other tandem. You can also use the trailer stabilizers to keep it in place. Some are powerful enough to lift the whole side. Keep it simple, but have the other jack in case the easy won't work.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:42 AM   #24
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I have a 20 ton bottle jack from Princess Auto (the Canadian version of Harbour Freight). I know it's overkill but I received it as a Christmas present a few years back. My new 5er has Dexter Torflex axles so I always lift on the frame. I have a couple stacks of 2"x10"x10" boards that I used to use with our TT but the new 5er has the Lippert auto-level system and I figured I'd just use Lynx Levelers under the leveler jacks. Having read this thread, I'm reminded that I should keep bringing the stacks just in case I need to use the bottle jack.
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i have and have used a 4 ton bottle jack. Its compact and easy to use.. that and I also carry a couple of 2x6x6's, for both under and above the jack. And like another I have used a floor jack and the bottle jack at the same time to change tires and grease bearings..

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Old 05-09-2019, 10:25 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by tommy_z View Post
Bottle jack owners: Do you place the jack on the axle to change a tire? Do you use anything to increase the contact area between jack and axle?
Put the bottle jack under the spring pad Never on the axle itself. If you have power leveling system you can use it to pick up one side of the RV. Lippert says not to do this. Liability Issue but works for changing a tire
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Hm. Lippert's own auto-leveling system took my tires clear of the ground with no comment or complaint last month at an overly downhill state park campsite, so I believe I've just spared myself the hassle of a bottle jack. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:30 PM   #28
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I use a bottle Jack and also carry a little lumber in case needed,, believe mine is a 6 or 8 ton
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:29 AM   #29
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Camco's "The Camper Aid" works well, but you may need to raise it 3" to 5" bring boards or similar to put under it.

I found that on my travel trailer, which I think has the More-Ride Suspension, allowed the other wheel to drop down quite a way so I could not get it off.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:03 AM   #30
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Just a short message. I had a blowout about 4 weeks ago. I have keep a 3 ton bottle jack in my camper. it has a small foot print in my storage and worked very well when needed.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:42 PM   #31
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Rapid Jack vs. bottle jack

I carry both. Never know what situation I will find myself in so I want options.
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Old 05-31-2019, 02:09 PM   #32
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Even though our rig has 6 point Lippert hydraulic leveling, which will lift your tires clear of the ground. (Using jack stands, We've actually had all four off of the ground, at the same time for maintenance.) We also carry a 4 ton bottle jack, just in case.... As already stated, keep it stored upright, and it wouldn't hurt to bring some extra jack fluid. Keep it all in a LARGE zip-lock bag. (Trust me!)

If you do decide to use a bottle jack, bring an extra 2' length of "pipe" that fits over your existing jack handle. It makes the lift so much easier!

In any case, just a reminder, regardless of how you change a tire, check your spare's tire pressure! PLEASE... check your lug nuts, at your next stop, and again at 500 miles.

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Everyone has their own way.

Bottle jacks are so cheap I opted for the 20-ton shorty. Its base is wide, which was important to me, and knowing that any jack can fail I didn't mind going way over-spec. It'll be loafing. Could lift my whole trailer and the TV too, loaded. (The trailer won't fall to the ground, there's another axle. 2 in my case. Still, caution is prudent, and confidence is nice in trouble situations. The increase in size and weight over a smaller bottle jack isn't enough to matter, IMO)

I just replaced all of my six center hub covers. I used a short 2x4 to span the u-bolts at the end of the axle and lifted there. The wood compresses where it needs to, providing a softener while distributing the weight. It was very stable.

I also use a cordless impact for the lugs (also used for stabilizing jacks). Wouldn't leave home without it.

Obligatory word of caution: when reinstalling lugs with an impact don't over-torque. It's easy to do and could deform an alloy wheel. Use a torque wrench to final tighten to spec. (Tire houses typically use 100lbs across the board for all 1/2"x20 lug studs. My Keystone spec says 120lbs.) It's advised to check lugs and re-tighten to spec at 10 then 50 then 100 miles and thereafter until the lugs stay tightened to spec.

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