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Old 03-27-2017, 05:42 AM   #1
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Springfield Quick Change Trailer Jack

I came across this on the Casita Club forum.

https://www.amazon.com/Springfield-D.../dp/B000KORU9A

It has great reviews and looks like a must have for most of us with single axle trailers. Anyone see any down sides?

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Old 03-27-2017, 06:09 AM   #2
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I'm wondering about using it on a rubber torsion axle. Conventional wisdom is not to lift on the axle tube.
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It goes under the axle, and I've seen numerous times mentioned here to NOT jack on the axle, but to jack on the frame. These type devices have been around for a long time. EDIT, LOL, Jon beat me by 2 minutes
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I agree it might not be advisable with torsion axles, but not all of us have those. My Bigfoot has a leaf spring suspension, so no torsion axle.

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It should work for you then Walt, if you feel that it is stable enough to support the trailer with a wheel off. What was the reaction on the Casita group?
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I read through the reviews, most were by people that bought it but never used it, just liked the idea of having it available. Some tried it but didn't actually have a flat tire. There were a few that did have a flat, and used it with good results. A couple reviews mention purchasing the correct size depending on your tire size but I didn't see that option. And ONE !! smart person said he used jack stands if he was going to do any work on his trailer, like bearing service. Product description does mention it being good for service work. And of course the mention of whether it's US made or made in China.
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The only advantage I see is you might save a little time and it really doesn't look that stable to me. My truck came with a pretty good scissor jack that only takes a minute or two to use. And yes, a dent in the axle tube would be bad.
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The page on Amazon does have the option of two sizes. Yes, jack stands are the ultimate but how many of us are willing to sacrifice that much space and weight when on the road?
Anyway, this device is not very costly so I ordered one to check it out. When it arrives I'll test it out, using my jack stands as a backup.

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It should be stable enough when hitched to change a tire, which is all it's designed for. Seems like it might sink into soft ground, though, and unlike a regular jack, I'm not sure how you would block it underneath.
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LOL Walt, are you going to test it with a flat tire. But seriously, take into consideration how the axle will be closer to the ground if you do have a flat. A photo would be nice with it in position. Jon; I'm wondering if you could a board on the ground first if on dirt. Walt is now our official tester.
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You probably could Bob, except I don't carry any long boards with me, only a set of lego-type blocks. Is that one more thing I would have to bring?! One lego block will support a scissors jack, and both are already on board and have other uses.

Just playing devil's advocate here...
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Hi,

I have found that carrying a small floor jack ($30 at Harbour Freight)
does the trick for both the tow vehicle and the trailer. Little heavy
but quite handy and often better than the jack supplied with the tug.

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Good thoughts. As part of my test I'll include one run on soft ground with Lego blocks.

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For that to work smoothly there must be an unobstructed contact point on a round axle.
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