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Old 03-12-2006, 10:10 AM   #1
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Jack for my new AS

I am picking up my new AS (2004 19' Bambi) in Florida next week and towing it home to Michigan. I asked the dealer about lug wrench, jack, etc. He said he would provide me with a lug wrench, but that I was on my own for a jack. Any suggestions on what I should buy? Would the jack from my Yukon work?
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:06 AM   #2
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Congrats on making the move Darrell! Yes, most screw scissor jacks that come with SUVs/trucks should work for emergency roadside tire changing. Do not plan on going under the trailer for other maintenance! Sometimes these jack heads are pretty small -- what is your's like? I've felt relatively secure if I'm on flat, firm pavement. Common sense really -- loosen tight lug nuts before you begin jacking. Take the maximum possible steps to prevent rolling if you have to change a tire -- be hitched to the TV, emergency brake on, block the opposite wheel, etc. You only want to be jacking on the "axle mounting plate" and not the axle. See here and here.
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Darrell,
For a jack, Walmart, Sears, Farm Supply, etc. all sell a simple bottle style hydrolic jack. They are very inexpensive, you can buy a 6 ton which easily will do anything you need including jacking your tow vehicle. You can always put it anywhere you need to. Now, get a single deck plank, cut it into 12' peices, and you can use it to space up your jack when necessary as well as to pull your trailer onto (one side) to level it side to side. They store easily and are just a wonderful assessory.
When jacking, scotch the unjacked side, and if at all possible, make sure it is attached to the tow vehicle. Unless you are absolutely certain it is level, do not jack a single axle trailer with out it being attached to the tow vehicle!!!!!!
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Actually, that should have been 12" pieces of deck plank!
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Congrats on making the move Darrell! Yes, most screw scissor jacks that come with SUVs/trucks should work for emergency roadside tire changing. Do not plan on going under the trailer for other maintenance! Sometimes these jack heads are pretty small -- what is your's like? I've felt relatively secure if I'm on flat, firm pavement. Common sense really -- loosen tight lug nuts before you begin jacking. Take the maximum possible steps to prevent rolling if you have to change a tire -- be hitched to the TV, emergency brake on, block the opposite wheel, etc. You only want to be jacking on the "axle mounting plate" and not the axle. See here and here.
Thanks, very helpful. I know what I need to do! Thanks!
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I would not recomend this option...
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Congrats on making the move Darrell! Yes, most screw scissor jacks that come with SUVs/trucks should work for emergency roadside tire changing. Do not plan on going under the trailer for other maintenance! Sometimes these jack heads are pretty small -- what is your's like? I've felt relatively secure if I'm on flat, firm pavement. Common sense really -- loosen tight lug nuts before you begin jacking. Take the maximum possible steps to prevent rolling if you have to change a tire -- be hitched to the TV, emergency brake on, block the opposite wheel, etc. You only want to be jacking on the "axle mounting plate" and not the axle. See here and here.
I've yet to check it out, but will. Thanks for the tips! Very helpful!
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Darrell--In addition to the lug wrench that the dealer gave you, a 3 ft length of pipe to give you leverage on the wrench, and a can of WD-40, will help get the job done. Don't forget a spare.--Frank S
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Darrell--In addition to the lug wrench that the dealer gave you, a 3 ft length of pipe to give you leverage on the wrench, and a can of WD-40, will help get the job done. Don't forget a spare.--Frank S
Thanks, great idea!
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Torque wrench!?!

Hello all -

4 way wrenches are fine for breaking the lugs loose. When putting them back ON - you really ought to get a GOOD torque wrench.

Too much torque ( like the numnut at "Brand X" tires) will blast them on with the air gun in order around the tire, and then the drum WILL warp. Can you say jerky stops? Not to mention them being a "@*+$^&*" to get loose/ off!!!

Just to be clear. you should always snug all lugs first. Then tighten in a 1-3-5-2-4 pattern with a torque wrench.

I bought a Craftsman 1/2" drive fully adjustable torque wrench exclusively for SilverToy. Of course now I have one for the zillion other uses around the hacienda....

Hey, when the are 3 axles and 6 wheels to get set properly AND 2 more axles and 4 more tires on the TV, there is really no excuse not to get it right.

Just want to be sure to add that tidbit! Thanks for listening!

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Hello all -

4 way wrenches are fine for breaking the lugs loose. When putting them back ON - you really ought to get a GOOD torque wrench.

Too much torque ( like the numnut at "Brand X" tires) will blast them on with the air gun in order around the tire, and then the drum WILL warp. Can you say jerky stops? Not to mention them being a "@*+$^&*" to get loose/ off!!!

Just to be clear. you should always snug all lugs first. Then tighten in a 1-3-5-2-4 pattern with a torque wrench.

I bought a Craftsman 1/2" drive fully adjustable torque wrench exclusively for SilverToy. Of course now I have one for the zillion other uses around the hacienda....

Hey, when the are 3 axles and 6 wheels to get set properly AND 2 more axles and 4 more tires on the TV, there is really no excuse not to get it right.

Just want to be sure to add that tidbit! Thanks for listening!

Axel
Thanks! Good points- I will remember when when if we ever get our AS!
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