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Old 12-22-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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Floor jack advice

We recently purchased a 2016 Airstream Sport 22 ft. trailer. With the purchase of our new trailer we have a 2 yr coverage plan with Coachnet included with our new trailer. We also just purchased a 2 & 1/2 ton floor jack, lifting capacity 5,000 lbs. Do most Airstreamers carry a jack when traveling or relay on the towing ins.? Do we need to have this large of a jack? Thanks for input.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:41 PM   #2
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I carry an 6 ton bottle jack. It takes up way less room.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:44 PM   #3
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I use the bottle jack that's in my Tundra


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Old 12-22-2015, 09:37 PM   #4
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Yes, we carry a bottle Jack, plus wood blocks to give it a stable base, and raise it. Also a wood pad to go between the Jack point and Jack. I hope to not have to use it, but would rather drive up on a block ramp to lift the tire off the ground (tandem axle).
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:43 PM   #5
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Floor jack advice

A 2-1/2 ton floor jack wouldn't lift our 27', so we got a 4 ton and park it under the goucho.
I would never use a bottle jack to lift a vehicle, seen too many accidents.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:57 PM   #6
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A bottle jack is a far sight more safe than those little floor jacks they sell at every big box and discount parts store...

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Besides, if a person is going to put ANY PART of their body under a trailer or vehicle, a jack stand MUST be used.


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Old 12-23-2015, 01:10 AM   #7
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We have a heavy duty bottle jack. The jack can lift a loaded trailer and tow vehicle if we have a flat. Hope to not ever have to use it. I have never had good luck with a floor jack on dirt or gravel. The wheels don't roll so the jack will Pull and push when lifting the load when raising or lowering since the wheels can not move in the dirt or gravel. Don't have that problem with a bottle jack. The bottle jack weights a lot less than an equal sized floor jack and takes up a lot less space than a floor jack. We have wooden pads that we put under the stabilizers that can also be put under the bottle jack. I replaced the small Tundra bottle jack with the larger bottle jack and store it in the same location.
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:48 AM   #8
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With our single axle 22' Safari I carried these....

And one of these...



But this also might be an option....with a jack stand.

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Old 12-23-2015, 08:21 AM   #9
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I used to carry a trolley jack and axles stand, but then switched to using Lynx levellers and feel that to be an easier and safer alternative.

You need two sets of ten each to make a pyramid to put one wheel on top then the other hangs free for easy removal. Of course you need a dual axle trailer for this method!

I still carry a small bottle jack as well though just in case I have some problem with the power tongue jack that cannot be resolved with the manual hand crank provided - maybe I am overly pessimistic

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Old 12-23-2015, 08:30 AM   #10
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Get a small bottle jack , how are you going to wrestle a floor jack around on rough pavement or gravel? A 12 ton will set you back $28 at Tsc.
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Why not use one of these? I have not had to use it yet other than to make video (knock on wood) but it does exactly what it is supposed to do...and easily.

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Why not use one of these? I have not had to use it yet other than to make video (knock on wood) but it does exactly what it is supposed to do...and easily.

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DOH! I did not even pay attention to what model the OP listed. Sorry for going off topic.
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What type Jack does your TV have? You might be pleasantly surprised.
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