How to jack up a 13' scamp to change a tire? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-17-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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How to jack up a 13' scamp to change a tire?

I got my new tires and started to change them. Here is how I did this: I put 2 chocks on the other wheel and used the 2-point jack from my car to lift it up behind the wheel, I put a jack stand further back which I extended at the same time in case the 2-point jack slips out. After lifting it for about 3 inches I used that jack on the tongue to get the wheel free.

There is 2 problems:
I am glad I still have all my fingers- the whole things seemed very wobbly and unstable.
My tongue jack is on the left side, when changing the right tire the tongue started to flex noticeably and I became afraid that it bends the frame.

Is there a better way to do this? especially when on the road (I don't have a hydraulic jack and wouldn't take one traveling).
I also use the tongue jack when camping, will this bend the frame after a while?

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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It's best to have your trailer attached to your TV when jacking it up.
Much more stable and safe.

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Old 05-17-2013, 02:48 PM   #3
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Maybe you should look into AAA with the RV option, then it's someone else's problem to change a tire along the road. I'm a retired truck mechanic so I have all kinds of jacks and stands, but don't carry them when traveling. The RV option was an extra $20 for me.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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It's best to have your trailer attached to your TV when jacking it up.
Much more stable and safe.
+1 and block the opposite tire on the trailer.
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