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Old 07-08-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Tire Change - Bottle or Rapid Jack

Hello, question about changing tires on a 5.0 TA - should I carry a bottle jack or will an Anderson Rapid Jack suffice in the need to change a tire?

I've seen some older threads about the Rapid Jack not working because of the axels Escape uses and wanted to see if there is any concensus one way or there other.

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Old 07-08-2018, 08:08 PM   #2
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First see if whatever jack you have for your tow vehicle will work for the trailer. No need to carry multiples of something that you may or may not ever need.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Donna, I will certainly look into that, but I'm hoping a Rapid Jack will do the trick as it looks much faster and simpler.

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Old 07-08-2018, 08:30 PM   #4
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I don't even know if the jack in my truck would work for my trailer, so it's not like I even follow my own suggestions! All I know is I hated the bottle jack in my last Ford F150 and would never use it for any reason after the first time. What a worthless piece of junk that was...

So, I carry a 1.5 ton aluminum racing floor jack. 3-1/2 pumps it goes up 18 inches. https://www.harborfreight.com/15-ton...ump-62160.html
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Floor jack is rather bulky compared to my 3 or 5 ton bottle jack ( can't remember ). Given that I've never used it, I'm not sure that the potential aggravation it offers is a problem.

What were the issues with yours?
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:57 PM   #6
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The bottle jack in the old F150, wasn't a pump bottle jack, it was a twist this slot to get it to go up... piece of junk. Used the end of the lug wrench like a screw driver. Only once... only once.
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Hello all.
Picked up a sheet metal screw in Parker Arizona.
Brought out the rapid jack.Worked like a charm.It was fast and it was easy.I would be worried about a bottle jack doing damage to the fiber glass if slipping but of course caution is needed in all cases.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:37 PM   #8
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The bottle jack in the old F150, wasn't a pump bottle jack, it was a twist this slot to get it to go up... piece of junk. Used the end of the lug wrench like a screw driver. Only once... only once.
Oh heck, I have a used only once one that I was hoping to sell you. I agree, that type of jack isn't my go-to jack at home.

My only used once was in Alaska, and while it isn't my favorite type of jack it did the job. Not every situation is the same and there could be an occasion where I use it for the trailer. Not all flats happen in ideal locations.

My way of jacking up a trailer is primitive and low tech. I carry four 2x10 blocks that are hollowed out to lighten them and have a 1/2 think bottom added. This lets me lift the wheel enough to change a tire. And I use them all the time for leveling the trailer.

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i have one of those drive on jacks used them for horse trailers they work great .
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Hello, question about changing tires on a 5.0 TA - should I carry a bottle jack or will an Anderson Rapid Jack suffice in the need to change a tire?

I've seen some older threads about the Rapid Jack not working because of the axels Escape uses and wanted to see if there is any concensus one way or there other.

Thanks
Jim

It's a good idea to practice changing a tire at home first, rather than "on-the-job" training.
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