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Old 11-02-2014, 05:39 AM   #15
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If the lug nut was mauled with a 12-point socket you may have made a case for a 6-point socket.
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:06 AM   #16
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6-point is the only way to go.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:49 AM   #17
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Be sure to re-torque those lug nuts after about 10, 20, 50, and 100 miles. It's amazing how loose they can get if you don't.

We nearly lost a wheel last year, and that's not good on a single axle trailer.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:08 AM   #18
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Cannonball, did you mangle the lug nut OR the chrome shell atop the lug nut ??? The chrome shell is easily mangled and cause the wrench to spin. Happened to me so, been there done that. I now carry a small sharp chisel and a smaller socket. I can split and peel off the chrome shell and remove the lug with a smaller socket. These things will always happen in places and times where you don't want them.

To the original question the best jack is the one you carry but never have to use. I have a 6t bottle jack and it works great. Would do for my truck too if needed. In the case of my tongue jack failing it also works great to hitch/un-hitch. It's small and fits into a nice compact clean case for storage. Those of us with tandem axels have the option of pulling onto blocks also so go for what works best at the time.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:20 AM   #19
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The chrome cap was what went first. Of course, I was at the storage place without my full toolbox, just the truck box. Ah well, lesson learned.


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Old 11-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #20
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OK, the tire repair saga is over and done. However, in an effort to save other Forum members some of the grief I experienced, I am posting a list of what is now "on board" as my tire change kit:

1. 6 ton bottle jack;
2. Set of Lynx levelers (I used 3);
3. Two pieces of scrap wood, roughly the same dimensions as the Lynx levelers (used on top & bottom of levelers to provide flat surface);
4. Wheel chocks for opposite tire;
5. 19" Craftsman breaker bar, 1/2" drive;
6. Set of three Craftsman extensions, 1/2" drive;
7. 3/4", 6 point, deep set Craftsman socket, 1/2" drive;
8. Craftsman torque wrench, 1/2" drive;
9. Old school "T" lug wrench; worthless for most anything, but you can use it to spin the lugs down real fast prior to applying proper torque. Plus, it belonged to my father, and looks cool;
10. Tire gauge;
11. Air compressor to plug into 12v outlet in truck to air up spare (do this before mounting the spare on the Airstream, please!);
12. Small flask of good quality bourbon for post tire change celebration.
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I'll help you with #12.
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:36 PM   #22
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You're on. I'll send the GPS coordinates for the flask.
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:40 PM   #23
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One Omission from my prior post:

I also now carry some spare lug nuts that I found at Advance Auto Parts, just in case I "screw the pooch" again and mangle the chrome caps. However, based on another Forum members recommendation, I have a complete set of McGard lug nuts arriving any day, and am going to change over to those.
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Jack placement

I have the 2006 Bambi and only have "one" jack placement on the curb side, behind the wheel. Nothing on the street side. I found out the hard way that the street side jacking point is not located adjacent to the curb side.
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You're on. I'll send the GPS coordinates for the flask.

I'll bring some Rebel Yell.
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Name the spot.


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Well, it might be a bit of a drive but the next chance is this Saturday, my back yard campfire pit. We'll be burning some Oak and sipping a bit.
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I have the 2006 Bambi and only have "one" jack placement on the curb side, behind the wheel. Nothing on the street side. I found out the hard way that the street side jacking point is not located adjacent to the curb side.
I'll be swapping out new Sendel wheels and Michelin tires on our 2007 Bambi in the driveway this weekend. I am very interested to know how you figured out where the frame jack points are located. Are they listed in any of the owners manuals? Can you describe where I should be looking once i crawl under?

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