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Old 06-12-2012, 02:28 AM   #1
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What jack do I use?

I have a 2013 28ft Wildwood x-lite. If I need to jack it up to change a tire, adjust brakes, check wheel bearing, etc., what kind of jack can I use? Is a standard scissor auto jack ok? Approx. dry weight 5900lbs. New to the trailer camping thing. Thanks for any help.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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We always carry a bottle jack (like this - http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200304831_200304831?cm_mmc=Google-pla-_-Auto%20Repair-_-Jacks-_-144893&ci_sku=144893&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw={keyword})

I've never had to use it (thankfully) but if I did while I was home, I also have jack stands once it's jacked up for additional stability - similar to this: Torin Double-Locking Ratchet Action Jack Stands 6-Ton Capacity, Model# T46002A | Jack Stands| Northern Tool + Equipment
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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The jack from your TV will not work. You will need to get a bottle jack or a large floor jack.
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Instead of using the dry weight, I like to carry a bottle jack that is rated at twice (or more) the trailer's GVWR. My trailer is slightly less than 3 tons so I carry a 6-ton jack.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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When I bought my 21rr and was on the way home from the dealer and a tire blew, the only jack I had was the one that came with my F150. It worked perfectly and so did the F150 lug wrench.
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When hooked-up, I use one of those tire change ramps that I can just pull or back-up on with the good tire on one side, and change the other. When parked somewhere, I just use the jack from my Ram TV. Works perfectly. If parked in my driveway, I have a 3.5 ton floor jack that I roll out of the garage to lift the TT easily.
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The jack from your TV will not work. You will need to get a bottle jack or a large floor jack.
Why not? My TVs jack is a bottle/screw type jack. I'm not sure what the jack is rated, but my TV is heavier than my TT (F-250 4x4 Crew Cab Diesel vs 26TBSS), so I assume it's got the strength to lift it. Never had to use it in an emergency, but I have tested that it'll lift a tire off the ground if it needed to. at home I use a 3-ton floor jack and jack stands, but my TV's bottle jack is good enough for a road side emergency.

It's like this one...
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For less than thirty bucks you can get a 10 ton hydraulic jack from Harbor Freight what will work perfectly. Less cranking and probably faster too. Don't forget to get a 1/2 inch breaker bar and the correct socket too for your wheels.
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For less than thirty bucks you can get a 10 ton hydraulic jack from Harbor Freight what will work perfectly. Less cranking and probably faster too. Don't forget to get a 1/2 inch breaker bar and the correct socket too for your wheels.
X-2 on the 1/2" breaker and extension.... Check your sockets and lug wrench to make sure they fit alum. wheels... may need a thin walled socket.
I like to carry my torque wrench as well.
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i have a 1/2 inch dewalt 18 volt impact wrench, maks short work of lug nuts. i do like te idea of pulling good tire up on ramp to change flat never thought of it thanks.
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