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Old 09-18-2008, 10:53 PM   #1
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When I had my last flat it was a pain in the neck using my truck's jack and wedging my Lynx levelers underneath for security (we had to change it on a slope, there was no flat area in sight). Should I get bottle jacks? Can someone explain how they work and it those are my best bet? Thanks! After some new tires, some other kind of jack is the next necessity!
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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I am not sure I would trust a bottle jack to lift that high and be stable for a tire change.

I used my Jeeps jack to change my flat (Near you!) and was comfortable enough to actually get in and out of the trailer with it jacked up.

I am no expert in them, but they impress me as something to use temporarily just to get the stab jacks under the frame. Bottle jacks are filled with hydrolic oil. Pressure from jacking forces the piston up and lifts. I have used my bottle jack to level and left the trailer on it, only to have to keep cranking on it as it looses compression over time (Less than an hour) I thought maybe the oil was low, but it still did that after filling it further.

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I have a floor jack that I tried to use to remove a stump. It also is hydraulic. However, using it in a non-level position has caused it to get all out of whack. Apparently some oil got in the wrong place. What would be wrong with a nice scissors jack? Totally mechanical and smooth as opposed to a rachet type.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:01 AM   #4
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I use a 12 Vdc electric sissors jack for all my jacking needs. It is a 2,000 pound jack so I can use it on the Escalade also.

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Old 09-19-2008, 11:08 AM   #5
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I plan on using the vehicle scissors. And tho I hate to carry extra "poop" I **will** add one jack stand. Just because.

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When I had my last flat it was a pain in the neck using my truck's jack and wedging my Lynx levelers underneath for security (we had to change it on a slope, there was no flat area in sight). Should I get bottle jacks? Can someone explain how they work and it those are my best bet? Thanks! After some new tires, some other kind of jack is the next necessity!
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:59 PM   #6
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Okay, I get it, what I need to buy are scissor jacks. I must have misunderstood someone I talked to. Those will be my next purchase. Thanks for your help!
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Okay, I get it, what I need to buy are scissor jacks. I must have misunderstood someone I talked to. Those will be my next purchase. Thanks for your help!
Go to a wrecking yard, and checking availability and pricing. Since it's not something you will use daily, purchasing new may be not in your best financial interest.
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