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Old 06-09-2014, 05:48 AM   #15
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:37 AM   #16
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Check Northern Tool's website for a double ram bottle jack. Low enough to fit under the Airstream and still tall enough to do the job.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:38 AM   #17
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Just so the different jack types are understood, here's a picture.

Thanks for the pictures, my preference is the scissor jack all the way.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:30 AM   #18
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Tire Jack On Board?

Scissor jacks are notorious for failing as they easily lie down if not used on a hard level surface.

This is really of no dire consequence except for those who think they can work under a vehicle supported by a jack.

Just sayin.....i never work under anything on a jack and I will ream anyone I see doing so. The bad part is, i have had to ream a lot of people for this.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:15 AM   #19
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Just so the different jack types are understood, here's a picture.

Tundra comes with the screw bottle jack.... which I have been able to use very successfully on the Airstream to change tires on a couple of occasions.

I am, however, sorry to hear that Good Sam's tech wasn't properly equipped... We have their roadside assistance based on the many positive reviews found here, but this seems like a pretty basic thing, a jack and air.
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I like the scissor jacks because they have such a vertical range. You can get them under just about any vehicle with a flat, they need only a few inches (4-6") of clearance. Then they extend up pretty high, about 20" and are lightweight. The only downside I can see is that 2 ton is about the maximum for a tire changing scissor jack. I have found leveling jacks that go higher but I'm not sure how well they would work for tire changing because they are flat at the top, no indentation for an axle, cross member or jack point.

I would never get under a vehicle on just a jack. I always use jack stands and then I put a concrete block under a cross member before I get under it. I was stationed at Fort Benning, GA when a Sargent, just back from his 3rd tour of Vietnam, got crushed when his car slipped off the jack; lesson learned.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:39 AM   #21
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Tundra comes with the screw bottle jack.... which I have been able to use very successfully on the Airstream to change tires on a couple of occasions.
Same in my 4Runner, they are excellent jacks and I think they are for up to 3 ton. They are expensive to replace. I think they are around $100 but that's Toyota's price. I can't find one anywhere else.

The bottle and screw bottle are similar but one is hydraulic and the other mechanical. Never have to worry about losing fluid in a screw bottle, an excellent advantage They also are short but extend up pretty high. I've used it on my boat trailer a couple of times, never on the AS though.
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I would never get under a vehicle on just a jack. I always use jack stands and then I put a concrete block under a cross member before I get under it. I was stationed at Fort Benning, GA when a Sargent, just back from his 3rd tour of Vietnam, got crushed when his car slipped off the jack; lesson learned.
Now I gotta chime in; Unless that CMU, or concrete masonry unit, or cinder block, or what ever name it is called in your woods; is filled with concrete or grout, it is almost as fragile as setting on a cardboard box. Strike the side strongly with a hammer and it will crack, break, shatter. The strength in masonry walls comes from filling the inside cells with grout; which is concrete with small pea gravel size aggregate. This makes a solid wall of concrete. Deceptive strength if you're standing straight on the top, drop a weight on the side and it will break, easily. Fill that CMU before you get under
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Putting the tires and wheels under the vehicle is a common safety backup for a vehicle up on jack stands.

It could save your bacon.
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Now I gotta chime in; Unless that CMU, or concrete masonry unit, or cinder block, or what ever name it is called in your woods; is filled with concrete or grout, it is almost as fragile as setting on a cardboard box. Strike the side strongly with a hammer and it will crack, break, shatter. The strength in masonry walls comes from filling the inside cells with grout; which is concrete with small pea gravel size aggregate. This makes a solid wall of concrete. Deceptive strength if you're standing straight on the top, drop a weight on the side and it will break, easily. Fill that CMU before you get under
Well, like I said, the car is on jack stands and the concrete block is on its back with the sides vertical, not on its side. It's also right under a cross member so there's no room for the car to drop any further. I have used a block to support the car weight while I shift the jack stands. I know that these blocks can break but you have to strike them, drop them or have something fall on them. They are a secondary backup for me. But thank you for your concern.
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