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Old 03-19-2015, 12:29 PM   #1
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Anyone use/recommend the Anderson Rapid Jack?

I've never been able to get a straight answer from the manufacturer on the best place to put the jack on my Tracer 3150 BHD in the event I need to change a flat tire.
"never under the axle", "always under the trailer frame closes to the axles" are the two most consistent responses.

Wondering if anyone out there has any experience with using the Anderson Rapid Jack? (see pic)

My concern would be while it's surely easier to back the good tire up onto something like this to raise the bad tire for repair, at the same time my concern is putting all the weight of the trailer on one tire where the axles are only rated to 2000lbs each, on a trailer that weighs 7000lbs dry.

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Old 03-19-2015, 12:34 PM   #2
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Don't think it would harm anything as long as you don't leave it there over 10-15 minutes. Not any different than driving up a curb, etc. Would break the lugs loose and have the spare ready to go on to minimize the time.
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Thanks OC, I agree in the need to be quick. I plan on using the jacks to raise a wheel also in order to pump the grease through when the time comes. I have the Dexter EZ lube hubs and need to spin the wheel while greasing.
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:03 PM   #4
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It is almost the exact same design at the Andersen Camper Leveler. I have used mine quite a bit and have sold about 24 of these so far. Very heavy duty and if they can hold up to leveling the camper for a week they should be fine for a tire change.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:46 PM   #5
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Do you have the wide spaced ez tow axle setup? If so, will that under one tire lift the other one off the ground? I tried one of the trailer aid ramps on my Lacrosse and it would not raise it enough.
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:59 PM   #6
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Yes I do have the wide axle, and was concerned about that problem too. I have 17" between the two edges of the tires. I had thought that I could pull up on the jack from between the two and possibly get enough hight, but haven't tried it yet.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:47 PM   #7
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JCamper, like I said, it did not work for me. Probably want to try before you buy! I have read the same warnings about not jacking under the axle and I understand that you don't want to dent or crease the axle tube, but that is how I jack mine up. I made a cap for my bottle jack out of a 3" spring perch with a collar that goes over the piston of the jack. I fit a block of wood into the center of the perch so I spread the pressure over a wider area and cause no damage to the axle. Also the semi circular spring perch keeps the axle from slipping off the jack. If you are not watching, most tire shops just swing a floor jack under the axle and start pumping. I think most of the warnings are warranty based.
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After a blowout, I replaced all 4 tires and the tire shop used a floor jack under the axle close to the hubs, no issue. I asked about jacking on the frame, and he said he's been in the business for years and never had a problem, just don't jack in the middle of the axle. When I had my blowout, I used a wood wedge about 24" long, and just pulled the unit up on it to raise the blown tire. I had the tire changed in about 20 mins.
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WindyWest, do you have closely spaced axles? If so I'm sure that one of the trailer aid type of ramps would work great. But like you said, stay as close to the wheel as possible when using a jack.
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Yes, my tires are spaced close, so one of ramp aids would work. As I mentioned, I just use a 8 inch wood wedge one of my fence building friends gave me, works great.
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