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Old 10-29-2010, 08:46 AM   #1
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What jack to use?

Hi, newby here. Just bought a used Surveyor SP-186, and realize that I may not have a suitable jack to change a tire if needed. Do y'all just use your car jack with maybe appropriate height spacers? Jack upon the axle? No info was provided with the trailer and the owner knew nothing. Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:01 AM   #2
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Hi, newby here. Just bought a used Surveyor SP-186, and realize that I may not have a suitable jack to change a tire if needed. Do y'all just use your car jack with maybe appropriate height spacers? Jack upon the axle? No info was provided with the trailer and the owner knew nothing. Thanks.
You are right about this. I got a spare tire with no way to change it also.

You have three choices IMO:

1) Sit on the side of the road and wait for AAA.

2) Use a device like Trailer-Aid Black Jack by Camco - RVWholesalers.com RV Parts

3) Buy a bottle jack large enough to hold a MINIMUM of 50% of the total camper weight (8000 pound camper 5 ton bottle jack) because to jack that axle up high enough to get the flat one off and the inflated one on you will be lifting BOTH wheels off the ground on that side. If you don't disconnect from the TV (recommended by most tire changing sites as the most safe) you most likely will be lifting some truck-borne weight too. So go much bigger than you think you might need.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:16 AM   #3
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10 ton hydraulic jack from places like harbor freight are cheap and work.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:27 AM   #4
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Or, you can do choice#4 as I do, use your existing wheel chocks to lift the front or rear tire up, just roll the camper onto the chock blocks, and the other tire will be off the ground. The odds of 2 flats on the same side are rare; possible, I suppose, but rare. Randy
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:39 AM   #5
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Ditto for me. Chock Blocks are more stable than a jack any day. One of the benefits of dual axles. I have the same rig. Welcome!
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:28 AM   #6
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I carry 2 bags of "Lego" blocks that would work and I also carry a 12ton short bottle jack "just in case".

I use the "lego" blocks when working on the brakes/bearings and they work great for lifting one tire at a time. Be aware however, that by doing that you ARE overloading one tire. Probably not as much as running over a curb, etc but overloading it none the less.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:36 AM   #7
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Well, after a blow out you are actually running the other tire at 55-65 MPH with double its rated load for a short period of time while recognizing (if you are lucky) that you have had a blowout, and pulling to the side of the road.

If you fail to recognize you had a blow out, you most likely will have a double failure before long.

You will also have double its rated load for short periods throughout the tire's life while performing driveway-side maintenance.

I think this short time (non-rotational) overload will not hurt the tire or shorten its life by much, if at all. Overloading for any significant time or at high speed will.
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I have a 20ton bottle jack ( they are only like 10 bux more than an 8 or 10 ton when you get them on sale) and use X-Chocks, however I have CAA Premimum RV coverage and they will come to change my tire if I am patient enough to wait.
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Or, you could use Jack Daniel's, and let someone else do the heavy lifting!
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