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Old 09-11-2019, 07:59 AM   #1
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Jack to change tires

Hey all. Looking for recos on car jack models to use in case I need to swap a wheel on my Airstream Bambi 2020 while on the road. I got a floor jack at home but on the road, what should I go with? Before you ask, I donít have one in my TV so if Iím going to buy one, I was thinking of one that would fit my trailer specs. All brand/model suggestions welcome. What do folks here use? Thanks.
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If I need to lift my trailer I put a hydraulic bottle jack securely underneath the axle flange (between the fore and aft wheels on my double axle, but you might want to go just behind the wheel on a single-axle trailer.)

A bottle jack allows you have have a fairly compact package but adjust the starting height up with the screw portion of the jack, so you have more lifting range without having to have either a tall jack or a stack of blocks on or under the jack.
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Under the Bambi, most likely to the rear of the axle, there should be a jack point. There is where you would jack the Bambi up from. There is, best as I can recall only one place approved to jack up an Airstream. I recall the first time I was at the factory and saw my trailer jacked up and thought it odd that it would be lifted behind the axle toward the back of the trailer, but that appears to be where the jack point has been located. Mine actually has "jack here" stickers and a plate attached to the underbelly where to place jack onto underside.
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If I need to lift my trailer I put a hydraulic bottle jack securely underneath the axle flange (between the fore and aft wheels on my double axle, but you might want to go just behind the wheel on a single-axle trailer.)

A bottle jack allows you have have a fairly compact package but adjust the starting height up with the screw portion of the jack, so you have more lifting range without having to have either a tall jack or a stack of blocks on or under the jack.

I agree a bottle jack is a great tool to have with you, and I'm not sure if we are talking the same location, but I have done what sounds like this similar thing, and I have also noticed that it has slightly deformed the lip of the bottom of the area where the jack is placed when putting between a dual (or triple) axle trailer as you suggest. Even on multi axle trailers the best practice and supported location when using a jack is always aft trailer at the indicated jack point as a first and primary location, unless of course you are in a situation where you cannot get a jack under that area of the trailer. The other method when possible on a multi axle trailer is to roll the good tire, same side onto a pad (similar to leveling the trailer when parking), lifting the bad wheel off the ground (which is not an option for single axle trailers.

Single axles have but one choice, the trailer must be lifted from the aft jack point.
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Thanks. How high would the bottle jack need to go to work on a Bambi and is 2-ton enough?
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Thanks. How high would the bottle jack need to go to work on a Bambi and is 2-ton enough?
A 2-ton would probably be enough since you're only lifting one side and not the tongue, but if I were buying I'd buy a bit more just to have a more generally-useful device.

You don't need to lift much from the standard height, but need to be able to adjust the starting height of the pad at the top of the jack to be pretty close to the jack point (whether you find the mystical Airstream point or use the axle flange.) An 8- or 9- inch lift range should do it... mine's just a generic old Craftsman bottle jack I bought long before my first Airstream, nothing special.
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On our 2019 NEST it is pretty easy to tell where to place a small bottle jack. But this bracket is pretty low to the ground. So if a tire is flat ,the bottle jack will need to pretty short, especially if you add a block under the jack.

I was looking at jacks yesterday but havenít bought one yet. I plan to get a short 2 ton jack and use 1/2 or 3/4Ē thick plywood for the block under the jack.
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I have a small floor jack that I purchased at NAPA that does not weight much more then a bottle jack. I purchased it for my TV but it would also work on the AS, it is Light weight and fits in the plastic box I use for my misc trailer stuff.
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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.
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A 2-ton would probably be enough since you're only lifting one side and not the tongue, but if I were buying I'd buy a bit more just to have a more generally-useful device.



You don't need to lift much from the standard height, but need to be able to adjust the starting height of the pad at the top of the jack to be pretty close to the jack point (whether you find the mystical Airstream point or use the axle flange.) An 8- or 9- inch lift range should do it... mine's just a generic old Craftsman bottle jack I bought long before my first Airstream, nothing special.


Ok. Thanks. And would someone happen to know the lug nut size on a 2020 Bambi. Documentation I got doesnít seem to stipulate it and I park my AS at a storage facility between trips. Would like to buy the right socket for my torque wrench and be all equipped for my next outing.
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Thanks. How high would the bottle jack need to go to work on a Bambi and is 2-ton enough?
I hate bottle Jack's, especially when you have a flat. They are too tall to get under an axle and hard to position. A much better option is a good scissor jack. The ones in Chevy trucks are the best. Compact, wider surface, and is ratchet driven.
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I carry a bottle jack with stand like this. https://www.fleetfarm.com/detail/pow...yABEgInpvD_BwE
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What Pappy19 said. When a flat happens it will prob be in the worst possible location and time. On single axle the frame will be too low to get a bottle jack under the frame, and a scissor jace is impossible to screw up when closed and under a heavy weight. I have needed and used both types of jacks together and even had to borrow a third. Hopefully you will never have to change a flat: keep an eye on your tires. Good luck.
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What Pappy19 said. When a flat happens it will prob be in the worst possible location and time. On single axle the frame will be too low to get a bottle jack under the frame, and a scissor jace is impossible to screw up when closed and under a heavy weight. I have needed and used both types of jacks together and even had to borrow a third. Hopefully you will never have to change a flat: keep an eye on your tires. Good luck.


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
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