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Old 07-02-2016, 03:35 PM   #1
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Changing a tire

We have a Viking 17FQ, 2785 lbs. empty. Some day we will have a flat on the road. What type of jack do others have, where would I position the jack, and I have heard of positioning a piece of wood at the top of the jack to distribute weight. Emailed this question to fr river also asked for pics or di a gram for jack positioning. Never heard back. I guess once the sale is made it's good luck buddy.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:53 PM   #2
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I carry a hydraulic bottle jack, but you could get by with a lesser jack on a unit the size of yours. Using a piece of wood to spread out the forces is up to you, but you should jack on the frame and not on the axle housing.
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Old 07-03-2016, 01:02 AM   #3
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Save the hassle of using a hydraulic jack and get a rapid jack:



Which would you want to use when the ground is wet and/or muddy? Do you want to be on the ground getting dirty while positioning your bottle jack?
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:34 AM   #4
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I use this product, Trailer-Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp. Start at $30 from Amazon, Walmart and others. Come in different specs depending on trailee weight etc.
https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Aid-T.../dp/B000I4JPZE
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:32 PM   #5
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BG, is 4.5" of lift enough to get the other tire off the ground what with the suspension and all?
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:48 PM   #6
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I carry a small floor jack, a bottle jack, and lots of wood blocks.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:00 PM   #7
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You will have to determine the height /type of jack required.
Leave trailer connected to tow vehicle and set parking brake.
Chock wheels on good side.
Loosen lugs on flat.
Place jack under "spring shackle" (not axle tube) on axle and jack it up. (You can place a piece of wood between jack and spring shackle.)
Change tire as usual.
Reverse above steps and be on your way.
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BG, is 4.5" of lift enough to get the other tire off the ground what with the suspension and all?
I own both of jacks and have not used either. Having said that, I do like the Trailer Aid Plus.

If you are just learning about things to have, I have a link below to a YouTube video that put me on the path when I had no clue. The guy in the video covers a lot of things. DO NOT run out and buy all of these things. This is just meant to be a primer so you can know what you may need to plan for. It may also help you to know what questions to ask on the forum.


I do recommend a good surge protector. Good luck and keep asking questions.

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Old 11-29-2016, 07:16 PM   #9
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I just did a little piece for Truck Camper Magazine, listing what I always have with me in my truck that I consider 'necessities'....

The short list:

Bottle jack capable of lifting the heaviest weight you will encounter, in my case it's the rear axle of my pickup with the slide in camper on board....5 ton

Wood blocks
Hubcap removal tool (or a flat blade screwdriver)
1/2" drive breaker bar
1/2" drive short extension
Socket to fit lug nuts
Spare serpentine fan belt
3 quarts of motor oil
3 quarts if ATF
Phillips screwdriver
Fuse assortment to fit
Clean rags
Snatch strap

Everything fits in a plastic milk crate behind the front seat. Always there if and when I need it.... and I HAVE needed it before.

I also carry a small air compressor and a tire plug kit as well as a first aid kit in my camper and in the truck. I like Adventure Medical first aid kits, complete and compact.

Finally, not only does my camper have an ABC rated fire extingusher, my truck also has one, in a bracket affixed to the floor in easy reach. DOT regs require one in every commercial vehicle, I have no issue having one in my pickup truck as well.

I also carry a not inexpensive SAT phone. SAT phones work everywhere and are not dependent on cell towers. Airtime is expensive so I rely on my cell phone for all my communications but cellular service is not always available, SAT service is always available, anywhere, anytime, worldwide.

I'm not waiting for a road service that may or may not come when I can handle it myself and some places I camp, a road service would nit be able to get to anyway.
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The OP says they have a Viking 17FQ. That is a single axle trailer so the references to Trailer Aid, Rapid Jack., etc., will not be applicable. Five ton or larger bottle jack is probably the best. I recommend the OP actually practice using the bottle jack on the trailer while it is hitched up. That way they'll know if they need any blocks, etc.
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