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Old 09-11-2019, 11:17 AM   #15
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I’m reconsidering the use of a bottle jack for changing out a flat on our NEST 16U. Here’s why…

The Jack pad is only 10 1/4” off the ground. The 2 ton bottle jack I was considering has a lift range form 6 7/8” to 13 3/16”. With a piece of 1/2” plywood underneath the jack, there is only 2 7/8” clearance above the jack with the 16in tire fully inflated. So a bottle jack would work for changing fully inflated tires. But I would need to pull the flat tire up onto leveling blocks to get the lift point high enough to slip the bottle jack under it. And none of this takes into consideration how high I’d need to lift the frame to get the tire off the ground


I suspect that a 2020 Bambi 16 has similar clearances.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:32 AM   #16
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I’m reconsidering the use of a bottle jack for changing out a flat on our NEST 16U. Here’s why…

The Jack pad is only 10 1/4” off the ground. The 2 ton bottle jack I was considering has a lift range form 6 7/8” to 13 3/16”. With a piece of 1/2” plywood underneath the jack, there is only 2 7/8” clearance above the jack with the 16in tire fully inflated. So a bottle jack would work for changing fully inflated tires. But I would need to pull the flat tire up onto leveling blocks to get the lift point high enough to slip the bottle jack under it. And none of this takes into consideration how high I’d need to lift the frame to get the tire off the ground


I suspect that a 2020 Bambi 16 has similar clearances.


It’s a Bambi 22’ actually but yes, clearance should be similar. What about the above electric scissor jack I posted?
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:45 AM   #17
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I got a floor jack at home but on the road, what should I go with?
I'm not a jack expert but I did stay at a Trump hotel last night!

Seriously, an old salt advised me to go with the floor jack, even on the road, in case you're forced to change a tire on a slope where an unlevel bottle jack could prove hazardous.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:49 AM   #18
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I agree with all above that a bottle jack is a great tool to have with you. With a tandem axle you could carry "Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp" available on Amazon.
If you carry “waffles” for leveling your rig, they work just as well, and one less item to store and carry.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:15 PM   #19
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Before you buy a jack, check to see if your tow vehicle Jack will work. I have a Grand Cherokee and the scissors jack works with one modification.
It has a tab that fits into the Jeep frame. I am currently using a old tennis shoe, putting the heel over the top of the Jack to pad the trailer. I would like to find a dense foam or rubber pad to replace the old shoe.
We have a sport 16 and storage is a valuable commodity, especially when traveling with 2 bikes.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:32 PM   #20
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Before you buy a jack, check to see if your tow vehicle Jack will work. I have a Grand Cherokee and the scissors jack works with one modification.
It has a tab that fits into the Jeep frame. I am currently using a old tennis shoe, putting the heel over the top of the Jack to pad the trailer. I would like to find a dense foam or rubber pad to replace the old shoe.
We have a sport 16 and storage is a valuable commodity, especially when traveling with 2 bikes.


I tow with a Model X. It does not have a jack, or a spare for that matter. ;-)

So, I’m really buying a jack for the Airstream only.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:20 PM   #21
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Jacks should have a hard rubber flat pad on top to distribute the load os the jack evenly across the frame member. I made a 4 X 4" pad that fits may floor jack and another that fits on my bottle jack post. There are some companies selling ready made post pads and extensions for that purpose. Google it.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:22 AM   #22
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Just cut a piece out of an old truck mud flap.
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Old 09-12-2019, 04:27 AM   #23
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"Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp"

I typically carry a bottle jack but one of those ramps came with my latest rig. I almost tossed it as it takes up a lot of storage room but then decided besides not leaking hydraulic fluid it might be of help leveling in some of the more difficult campgrounds. Black Rock Canyon in Joshua Tree comes to mind.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:18 AM   #24
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Dito on the bottle jack! It's the easiest way to lift a truck or trailer. Just be sure to chock the wheels!
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:52 AM   #25
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I tow a 30 footer and carry both a bottle jack and a floor jack.

If I were in a single axle I'd surely have a floor jack on board.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:31 AM   #26
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What about an electric jack then? Like this one. Would fit in a tight space and electrical motor would lift?


ROGTZ Electric Car Floor Jack 3 Ton All-in-one Automatic 12v Scissor Lift Jack for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075679K9Q..._pusEDbG4C5NB7
Thx for posting both the original Q and this elec jack. I intend on buying this when I get home. I will take off the tire of my single axle trailer, lower. To the ground and see where to put jack and if it will then lift. Ie in worst possible situation. Currently on the road will be home mid Nov.

You may be shocked when you see how little room you have to stick a jack, when replacing a flat tire.
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:38 PM   #27
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I put together a bottle jack kit from this place

https://safejacks.com/collections/bo...ck-accessories

Everything fits in one bag and with the proper accessories it can work in almost any situation.
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