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Old 10-26-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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Best Jack to Change Tire on Single Axle Sport

OK, after 9 months of ownership, I have picked up a nail in a tire, creating a slow leak. 2014 Sport 22 FB, (single axle). Tire shops seem to not have the "proper" floor jack, and some just flat refuse to do the repair. One even went so far to tell me that "it was against the law to repair a trailer tire, it has to be replaced." I have to call "BS" on that one. So, I am relegated to going to storage, jacking up the trailer, remove tire, go get repair, reverse process.

Q: I have a 6 ton bottle jack. Is this an appropriate application, or is there is a better choice?

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Old 10-26-2014, 06:01 PM   #2
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Your bottle jack should work if it's short enough to get under the proper jack point on the trailer. Of course, the usual safety precautions apply--chock the opposite wheel and make sure the trailer can't move. Support the trailer with a jack stand if you need to be under it.

Most people think the axle mounting plate is the safest jack point, and that's what I've been using. Never jack on the axle tube itself.

I carry a double ram bottle jack from Northern Tool in our single axle Safari. It's easy to see that a tire might need to be changed in a location where the trailer is too low to get a taller jack under than axle mounting plate.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:46 PM   #4
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We have dual axles, so once I learned about running one wheel up onto Lynx levelers, I don't bother with a jack any more, but previously I used to carry a light weight trolley jack and also safety stand.

I have bottle jacks as well, and no doubt they would be fine - I just felt that the trolley jack was a bit more stable - and it requires less height.

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mimianderws has the best answer for you. Both my trailers are single axel ones and jacking at the axle mounting plate is what I do. I cary a small, cheap floor jack or a bottle jack with extra leveling blocks to allow it to lift properly, that is have enough height.

I will repeat one comment though, never jack the axle tube itself.
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:55 PM   #6
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The Discount Tire around here all have the proper equipment and seem to know their way around Airstreams. They have never given me any BS. I carry a bottle jack for the truck and TT but never had to use it as I carry Allstate Road side assistance.
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Place Jack under trailer behind axle on the mount plate.
Jack high enough to set a jack stand under the plate and have tire off the ground.
Pretty simple and safe if done properly
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:45 PM   #8
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"The Flying Toaster," our '71 18ft Caravelle single axle, had wheels that required inner tubes, and the wheels were so rusty they chafed the tubes, resulting in numerous flats and one catastrophic tread loss on the freeway east of San Diego (there's more to that story). I got pretty good at jacking up that trailer. What's been mentioned here is all good - bottle jack, backup short screw jack (Toyota pickup truck jack from a junkyard), chocks, blocking, jackstands. One more item became essential: A pair of hard-faced knee pads for kneeling in the gravel.

We were pulling the Toaster in Baja, when we saw some locals in a truck with a flat and no jack, but they did have a spare, a tire iron, some lumber and a shovel. They had jammed lumber between the frame and the ground, and they were cheerfully digging a hole under the flat tire...
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I used a bottle jack but also used the marked jacking point on the belly pan, not the axle plate.


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Take a look at your F150 jack, you might be surprised. Worth a look.
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:55 PM   #12
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Hmmmmmm. Have driven the truck since new, but have never had the jack out from under the seat. At least I think it is under the seat ....

Thanks for the tip.
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I use 2 from the Dodge 3500 and I can lift both sides of the trailer at the same time. Done it. 30' slider.

Couple of possible advantages. Mechanical must be raised and lowered by turning shaft can't lower or drift on its own. Mine have a swivel saddle that fits the axle mounting plate quite well. The larger 1 ton jack has a pretty large base. Got truck? Got jack.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:24 AM   #14
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Ok, report on jack. My 6 ton bottle jack worked perfectly. I needed three Lynx leveler and a small block of wood to get the right height, but after that, no issues.

I did mangle two lug nuts. The lug nuts are really soft metal, and if your socket slips, it just destroys the lug nut. I do not understand why Airstream uses such a cheesy lug nut. At any rate, I found almost an identical match at Advance Auto Parts for about $2.50 a piece. I now have several back ups in my tool box. I would encourage everyone to carry some extras as well. Want to be stuck by the roadside over a lug nut?


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