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Old 03-09-2019, 02:46 PM   #21
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Thanks to all. A board long enough for two tires is a good addition to what I have. I will look around on Amazon and see if I can locate a light weight small floor jack. will try lifting the BF 25RQ trailer first with the rapid jack, then with the wood 2x6 pads. If that does not feel right I may just get a floor jack, probably the NOS NSJ0101 1.5-Ton Aluminum Service Jack (lightest I can find,about 26 lbs).

The thing is I may install a Onan 2.5 propane generator under my BF and I need a floor jack to lift the Onan into its housing under the trailer. Although I suppose I could rent one rather than buy it.
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Old 03-09-2019, 03:52 PM   #22
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Stacking some blocks on a bottle jack is dangerous and can very easily fall.

Why not place the bottle jack on a stack of blocks ( ie. Lynx ).
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:11 PM   #23
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The aluminum floor jacks sold by Harbor Freight (yes, Harbor Freight) have very good reviews. Their 1 1/2 ton unit is less than 32 pounds, may not be enough for your trailer. They also sell a 2 1/2 ton unit, weighs 53 pounds, costs twice as much.


I actually use their cheaper, 2 ton steel jack on the road (not for a BF 25). Only weighs 18 pounds. At home, I have a beefier and much heavier steel floor jack. I would not call the 2 ton steel jack world class, but it does work fine.

But I tend to carry quite a few tools. Used my air compressor hooked up to my generator in a Cracker Barrel parking lot two days ago. I had a tire with a slow leak. Now on a shorter trip, I would have left the generator and compressor at home.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:35 PM   #24
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Devices like the Rapid Jack have 1 function. I prefer a bottle jack because it has lots of uses beyond lifting the trailer.
We also use our Andersen Rapid Jack to level our trailer, saving our limited storage space, and don't have to worry about a leaking jack. We have the Andersen rubber pad to stop the Rapid Jack from slipping and after three years of use, and changing at least 8 tires (three of ours and the rest other unprepared campers), it has worked every time. I do suppose if the tire was in mud a conventional jack would work better, but in that situation I wouldn't trust it.

When we had our 2003 Bigfoot 25B25RQ I would lift the passenger side of the camper nearly every time when emptying the tanks. It took forever for the grey tank to empty otherwise.

OTOH, a Rapid Jack won't work with a single axle camper.

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