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Posted: 08/08/22 05:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I want to use my hydraulic floor jack to change my 5th wheel tire, but the floor jack won't go high enough, the soil is soft sand, it's like I need to extend it a little to reach, any Ideas?
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how about putting the jack on a jack pad..or two?


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when changing a tire on my trailers with leaf spring suspensions in soft dirt/sand I use a 12 ton shorty hyd jack under the axle tube next to the U bolt. Simply raise one end of the axle enough to do the change.The jack has a 10" X 10" wide base for side of the road work. The jack stays in my truck when on the road.

If I'm on concrete by my garage I use my floor jack raising one end of a axle enough to make the change.

A floor jack can weigh 80-90 lbs and gonna' be a bit heavy for lifting it off the ground under a trailer.

Some folks like to pull one tire up on a ramp hopefully raising the flat tire off the ground enough to make the change.


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I have used my leveling boards as a base for a jack. Also I have large wood blocks, 4x4 up to 8x8, that can act as a spacer if the jack doesn't go high enough. Sometimes just a couple short pieces of 2x4 will do the job.

I have also used "jackstands" when needed - lift up the trailer, put jackstands in appropriate places to hold it up, reset the jack and maybe add a wood block to lift the trailer higher. Wood blocks can take the place of jackstands - depending on the situation, sometimes they work better.

Usual warnings apply about working on soft ground with improvised materials.


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We have a small 2.5ton floor jack.

Just put one of the 2x8 leveling boards under the jack then lift on the spring perch...problem solved.


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I have a 5 inch high block that replaces the lift pad of my floor jack. (fits in the hole, so can't slide) I have put a block on top of jack, but that can get pretty sketchy, pretty fast. I have also put a floor jack on top of plank, (actually a steel plate on top of railroad ties) then backed vehicle over it.
I have a hard time standing under the idea a floor jack without enough lift to get the tire off the ground. Are you running 24.5 wheels?

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Get yourself a Traileraid

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austinjenna wrote:

Get yourself a Traileraid

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You beat me to it!

I have changed tires and done suspension work on a heavy DRV with the safe dependable TrailerAid Plus.


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austinjenna wrote:

Get yourself a Traileraid

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These are cool but it should be noted they won't work with independent suspension.


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