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Posted: 04/22/19 12:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It may take more than a bottle jack. When I was looking for a suitable jack, I found many did not have the correct lift for the back axle and those that would be long enough for the rear axle would not fit in the front.

There was another issue. The bottle jacks all looked like the one above with a single circular lifting area. That does not seem to be a good way to lift on the round bottom of the axle. There should be a cradle for the axle in case there is some shifting as the jack goes up. That is especially true if the jack is not on a hard surface.

I have decided not to carry big jacks. Instead I use my AAA card. The one and only time I got a flat, AAA came from other a 100 miles away and was still there in a couple hours.

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desertfoxjr wrote:

What has been your experience getting a flat on a SW Truck while carrying a TC>


What's an SW truck?


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trail-explorer wrote:

desertfoxjr wrote:

What has been your experience getting a flat on a SW Truck while carrying a TC>


What's an SW truck?

A unicycle...or what we all figured it out to mean.

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Back in the 30's, my 30's, which was the 1980's, I had a light duty F250. It had 7.50x16 tube type tires. I had a Tejas 8.5 ft cabover on it. No clue what it weighed. I didn't know what a CAT scale was. Had a flat on I-25 crossing Platte River at Douglas WY. I didn't know I had a flat. A passing car was pointing at it. No drama that I recall.
There is a do-dad that fits over the top of a jack that has a half circle welded to it to fit an axle better. I think I saw it on Amazon. Didn't want to pay their price. A short pipe nipple welded to half of a 3 inch?? pipe would work.


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On my way up to an engine show in the UP last summer I went through a bunch of sealcoating, I think they got the material from an old Junk Yard. I picked up a three sheet metal screws in the back duals, didn't notice a thing until I stopped for fuel and smelled warm rubber. I just took the stock furnished jack out jacked up the back and changed the outside dual. The trailer I was pulling was about 3,000 and had a 5,000 pound engine on it. I could have taken some tongue weight off with the trailer jack but it wasn't needed. I suppose the camper goes about 2500 + loaded.


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Yes. I used the stock truck jack all three times I had a flat. Two rear tire flats (one near Cooke City, MT and one in a remote AK area) and one front on the Steese Highway, AK. No worries, just takes time and thought. And a nice flat rock.

Of course, my TC doesn't have three slide-outs, a master bedroom with walk-in closet and shower for two, or a hot tub. [emoticon]


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When my truck had a flat, it burst into flames, caught an edge on the road, launched into the air briefly, then came down and bounced end over end across the median, right into the path of a busload of orphans and nuns, killing everyone.

Seriously, you pull over and change the tire. True blowouts are so rare that if you aren't grossly overloaded and put new tires on at least every 5 years if not sooner, you may never experience one. Even if you do, don't panic, and everything will be fine. It might get exciting for a brief moment, but if you were paying attention to your driving to begin with, you'll take it in stride.

It is probably a good idea to dig out your factory jack and see if you can lift the truck with the camper on board, while home, and plan accordingly depending on the results of your experiment.


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trail-explorer wrote:

desertfoxjr wrote:

What has been your experience getting a flat on a SW Truck while carrying a TC>


What's an SW truck?



The straight answer would be SRW or Single Rear Wheel (non-Dually).
DRW= Dual Rear Wheel (Dually).


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Geewizard wrote:

Yes.
Of course, my TC doesn't have three slide-outs, a master bedroom with walk-in closet and shower for two, or a hot tub. [emoticon]


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