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Old 04-13-2021, 11:55 AM   #1
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So what does everyone keep on hand in case of a flat? Scissor? Bottle? Floor type? Ramp?
I'm leaning towards a scissor style that accepts a socket but I can't seem to locate one that has an upper foot (the part that comes into contact with the frame) that would safely stay under the frame without slipping.
Any info is always much appreciated.

My unit has dual axles.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:05 PM   #2
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I carry a bottle jack and put it directly on the u-bolt or axle as close to the u-bolt as possible. I'd really like an attachment that cradles the u-bolt/axle but I'm not willing to spend the $200 for the kits that I've found. (If you have torsion axles, never jack up on it.)

Lots of folks use ramps. Other folks are concerned with the overloading of the remaining tire that's still on the ground. I found that my first fifth wheel wouldn't fully get the second tire off of the ground with them.
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I place a bottle jack on a stack of my lynx levelers and lift as close as I can get to where the axle is attached to the frame. I also carry an electric impact wrench
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I use the wood leveling blocks I have along with a bottle jack if I need to lift the trailer. Even at home I've found that the bottle jack works better than my big hydraulic floor jack. Don't know why but it seems to just lift straighter.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:17 PM   #5
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I use a bottle jack at home directly under the leaf spring bracket. I need to test my tow vehicle's scissor jack at home, though, because I don't take the bottle jack with me.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:18 PM   #6
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I always carry an aluminum 3 ton floor jack rapid pump , atleast 1 jackstand and an electric impact and a torque wrench.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:23 PM   #7
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I use a bottle jack at home directly under the leaf spring bracket. I need to test my tow vehicle's scissor jack at home, though, because I don't take the bottle jack with me.
I've done both- bottle jack and truck jack. The truck jack is less convenient because of how it raises and lowers.

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For a TH that size, I would just use a ramp if it will work. Even if you are loaded to max, the tire will be fine. Max load is for operating. Not 10 minutes standing still. Honestly, if one tire blows on my TH then I'm getting two anyway. The abuse the good tire gets while you find a place to pull over is more than it will get from a tire change.
None the less, ramps can't be used in all situations. So I keep an 8 ton bottle jack on hand also. timfromma is spot on with the impact. I carry a cordless impact and the correct sized sockets for the TV and TT wheel nuts. Takes a whopping 15 minutes to swap a wheel at a comfortable pace.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:31 PM   #10
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I'd really like an attachment that cradles the u-bolt/axle but I'm not willing to spend the $200 for the kits that I've found.
SWAG Off Road makes one for under $50. Bottle Jack Buddy is under $40. You would have to confirm the diameter of your tubes though.
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you know I saw that exact unit and was excited to order it until i read the negative comments about it ... where it would not retract and they needed another jack to get it out.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:41 PM   #13
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you know I saw that exact unit and was excited to order it until i read the negative comments about it ... where it would not retract and they needed another jack to get it out.
I got mine from tractor supply a few years ago. I've used it a few times without issue.

Worse case, I always have the truck Jack as a back up.
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SWAG Off Road makes one for under $50. Bottle Jack Buddy is under $40. You would have to confirm the diameter of your tubes though.
Sweet. The ones I had came across before were whole kits- bottle jack, cribbing, case, etc.

I like these that you've pointed me at. Appreciate it, thanks.
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you know I saw that exact unit and was excited to order it until i read the negative comments about it ... where it would not retract and they needed another jack to get it out.
I got one (unijack) no issues with mine had my tire off the ground in less than five minutes with it. Seemed to retract fine. Love it. Worked fine in the driveway with no cribbing, but that might not be the case on soft ground.

I have it and a ramp, bring on the flat tires LOL.
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I use the Trailer Aid ramp, works great and easy to store and carry. I can be up and on it and starting to remove the flat in under 60 secs. If I have a flat on the highway on the drivers side the less time I spend out in traffic the better.
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Old 04-13-2021, 08:54 PM   #17
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Bottle jack at home. Truck scissor jack and wood blocks if needed on the road.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:17 PM   #18
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Sweet. The ones I had came across before were whole kits- bottle jack, cribbing, case, etc.

I like these that you've pointed me at. Appreciate it, thanks.
Hope they work for you. Pics and a review if they do!
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:22 AM   #19
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Bottle jack ordered!! 2x8 section of board acquired ... Let's hope I never need it.
Although I noticed one of my tires slowly deflating ... pulled out a nail and plugged it myself ... all good. Used my floor jack that barely had the guts to lift the unit for tire removal clearance. Bottle jack should be a bit more powerful.
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:01 AM   #20
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I have wide axles, if one tire blows or gators too bad, the good tire is jammed up in the wheel well (and causing damage there). I have been in many different situations that may cause different tire changing solutions. I carry the TireAidRamp to use if 'bad' tire is still moving and 'good' tire is not jammed in the wheel well. I also have a 'low' scissor jack to slide under the u-bolts if needed and a larger scissor jack for faster raising if able to get under the u-bolts. I also have the trucks bottle jack if I need it. The different situations will deem which jack I need to use.



I have changed out a hub(s) (bearings and also lug bolts shearing) on the side of the road and I used every jack I have and the front and back scissor jacks that are on the camper to have as much stability and lift as I could get. I have found that bearings and hubs are not a 'shelf' items, so I have extras if I need them. An hour changing out a hub myself is better than waiting a couple of days in a 'CampingWorld' parking lot because they have 'no parts'.....
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