What's the Best Portable Jack For an RV
The Best Portable Jack For an RV
I want to buy a semi-portable jack in case we have a flat. My house floor jack is too heavy and bulky to carry. I need it to work on a 24' 6" trailer with tandem spring-type axles. The trailer weighs less than 5,000 lbs. Any suggestions?Over 1,500,000 successful roadside rescues—Good Sam RV Emergency Road ServiceWARNING:
ANSWER Hi Bob, I have a real quick answer for you. I would take a look at some Hydraulic Bottle Jacks. I cannot tell you which one would be the best for you. You have to determine how high the jack has to lift your axles to get the tire off the ground. For safety reasons, I would also recommend that you get some Jack Stands to support the weight of the axle and tires while changing the tires. The hydraulic bullet jacks have a very small surface that contacts what you are lifting, and the vehicle could fall while you are trying to loosen or tighten the lug nuts on the tire.
Because of the way that these hydraulic jacks are designed they should only be used on firm, level surfaces. The bases of these jacks are not very wide and they could tip over easily. I would suggest getting some 3/4" exterior plywood and cutting some 1' X 1' squares to be used as a base for the hydraulic jack and jack stands. These are especially useful if you are using the jack or stands on hot asphalt or sandy surfaces (the jack and stands could sink into the ground). If you are in an area where you are not sure if it is safe to use the hydraulic jack, you should call a tow truck company and have them come out and change the tire for you. A tow truck's cost is well worth it; if it prevents you from becoming injured while changing a tire.
Or you can do what I do and have Emergency Road Service from the Good Sam Club
and call their 800 number and have someone come out and change the tire for free; anywhere in the US 24/7 :-)
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