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Old 02-17-2016, 05:36 PM   #21
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One of the first things I did when we brought our 5.0 TA home in October 2015 was to test the Trailer Aid (4.5") while adjusting the brakes. The Trailer Aid gave me approximately an inch of clearance from the bottom of the tire to the ground. However, realizing that for every brake adjustment I would have to hook up the trailer and move the Trailer Aid four times was more work than pulling out my 2.0 ton aluminum floor jack. I did not test the Trailer Aid on the other three tires so I have no idea if I would have gotten disparate results on the other three tires. Before our next trip I certainly will check though. Otherwise, the aluminum floor jack is going in the back of the truck as the truck only has a bottle jack. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:43 PM   #22
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One of the first things I did when we brought our 5.0 TA home in October 2015 was to test the Trailer Aid (4.5") while adjusting the brakes. The Trailer Aid gave me approximately an inch of clearance from the bottom of the tire to the ground. However, realizing that for every brake adjustment I would have to hook up the trailer and move the Trailer Aid four times was more work than pulling out my 2.0 ton aluminum floor jack. I did not test the Trailer Aid on the other three tires so I have no idea if I would have gotten disparate results on the other three tires. Before our next trip I certainly will check though. Otherwise, the aluminum floor jack is going in the back of the truck as the truck only has a bottle jack. Thanks for the heads up.
Sounds like the Trailer Aid Plus would be a good idea with another inch of lift. When changing a tire on the road you may not get as much lift. I got that for the 21' just in case. Worked great in the driveway adjusting brakes. The unit has ribs for grip that dug into my asphault. The next tire I stuck a piece of paneling underneath to protect the pavement.
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One of the first things I did when we brought our 5.0 TA home in October 2015 was to test the Trailer Aid (4.5") while adjusting the brakes. The Trailer Aid gave me approximately an inch of clearance from the bottom of the tire to the ground. However, realizing that for every brake adjustment I would have to hook up the trailer and move the Trailer Aid four times was more work than pulling out my 2.0 ton aluminum floor jack. I did not test the Trailer Aid on the other three tires so I have no idea if I would have gotten disparate results on the other three tires. Before our next trip I certainly will check though. Otherwise, the aluminum floor jack is going in the back of the truck as the truck only has a bottle jack. Thanks for the heads up.

Thanks for responding. I backed up onto the 4.5 aid, so it was the “front” tire sitting in contact with the drive way and the “back” tire sitting on the aid. Could not even spin the front. Probally could get a flat (tire) off but doubt I could mount the spare. If no one else is having this issue I’m thinking it might be because our suspension is raised to its highest position on the trailer? I am going to order the 5.5", tack a small board underneath and give it a try. Scott

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Old 02-17-2016, 07:08 PM   #24
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You can make a ramp out of individual 'lego' blocks ( Lynx Levelers ).
It seems to me the Trailer Aid is only good for one thing, whereas the Lynx can be used under stabilizers, under tires for leveling and under the jack.
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:23 PM   #25
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You can make a ramp out of individual 'lego' blocks ( Lynx Levelers ).
It seems to me the Trailer Aid is only good for one thing, whereas the Lynx can be used under stabilizers, under tires for leveling and under the jack.
Thanks Glenn, we are using the Andersen Levelers which I really like. Just wondering why others are getting the tire off the ground and not us. Scott

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Because the Trailer Aid will work with rubber torsion axles and the 5.0 has springs. It works on the 21' Escape and should work on the new 2017 TA because it will have torsion axles. There is an explanation in another thread as to why levelers work on torsion and not on springs, same reason.
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The unit has ribs for grip that dug into my asphault.
What grips are those bolt heads which are made to dig into the surface.
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Because the Trailer Aid will work with rubber torsion axles and the 5.0 has springs. It works on the 21' Escape and should work on the new 2017 TA because it will have torsion axles. There is an explanation in another thread as to why levelers work on torsion and not on springs, same reason.
Right Jim, saw that. Another 5.0 TA member responded that it worked for him, just wondering why it didn't work for us. Not a huge deal, but I like to be prepared in case of a flat (tire) and not haul around a useless piece of plastic. Cheers, Scott

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The unit has ribs for grip that dug into my asphault.
What grips are those bolt heads which are made to dig into the surface.
I think they are bolt heads now that you mentioned it. They left 4 nice holes in my newly sealed drive. A small piece of paneling absorbed them when I did the next wheel. They would be a good thing out on the road changing a flat. I like the unit overall.

I have a scissors jack as well and it would work but is very awkward. With the jack I would worry about slipping off and crushing me. No worries with the Trailer Aid.
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Definitely no qualms about getting under the trailer using this to adjust brakes. With a hydraulic jack safety sez use jackstands.
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