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Old 04-28-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Which jack?

I am curious- I have not changed a tire on my 13 ft Scamp yet, and I wonder what kind of jack you guys carry for that purpose? Or do you use your auto jack?
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:20 PM   #2
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:56 PM   #3
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your regular car jack will work just fine. Unless you drive a clown car...or..a golf cart...

No need to carry an extra chunk of metal just for the trailer.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:02 AM   #4
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I would test the car jack out at home.
I would, but I haven't gotten around to it.
I've got a 5-ton bottle jack and the Lynx pads and the scissor jack from the RAV.
Really would be worth the time to ensure the jack is going to work with the trailer.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:59 AM   #5
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We carry a small bottle jack too. Every fall we use it to jack us up to put stabilizers under the very small spot allowed for taking the weight off the axle for the winter.

we have also used the bottle jack a couple of times when an extra stabilizer helped up front....when we were parked in a very strange spot and the front end liked something besides just the swing down thingy.

We always use our Legos as pads to put under our stabilizers.

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Old 04-29-2014, 06:42 AM   #6
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Might be worth checking to see if your TV's lug wrench fits the trailer too. Just sayin'.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:57 AM   #7
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Along with Tim's suggestion make sure you have tools to unmount your spare. Many times I have seen the hardware holding the spare on is a different size than the lug nuts/bolts.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:03 AM   #8
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I have a cross-shaped lug wrench with different size sockets.
Which was fine, until I discovered while trying to remove the spare, that I couldn't rotate the wrench without hitting my storage box.
I couldn't get the spare off without removing the box. Box is now set up so that it is easy to remove, if I have to.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:39 AM   #9
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I just threw a bottle jack and breaker bar with two sockets, one for the spare and one for the tire under the seat. Easier than digging the jack out of the car to find out how it worked.

And I figured between the dog wanting to jump out and help and gear to dig through in the TV to get a jack I would rather just be able to pull what I need out of the trailer.

Might go find a smaller bottle jack, think I threw my 5 ton in there.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:35 AM   #10
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Whatever you do, make certain the jack you plan to use will absolutely work before you start towing. You definitely don't want to be stuck by the side of the road and THEN find out the jack won't work for your needs.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:40 AM   #11
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Axle Jack

I always carry one of these in each trailer.

Easy Lift Trailer Axle / Tire Jack #50017515

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Old 04-30-2014, 12:12 PM   #12
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Easy Lift Trailer Axle Jack.

I use what Vic said.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:38 PM   #13
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Does not get any better than this:
Heartland America: 12V DC Electric Car Jack
It's electric, plugs into cigarette lighter or battery pack.
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I always carry one of these in each trailer.

Easy Lift Trailer Axle / Tire Jack #50017515

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It should be noted that this kind of axle jack is only for use with conventional axles- not for use with the torsion-types that so many of our small trailers have.

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