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Old 07-30-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Jacking point for wheel change

Hi All: Does anyone know exactly where are the jacking points for changing a wheel on the 17B? I have checked the owners manual but it does not seem to be mentioned there. I looked on the web and read that one should NEVER use any part of the axle or suspension for jacking up the trailer. Any ideas would be appreciated please.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:43 PM   #2
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Re: Jacking point for wheel change

Hi Gabe

I believe it is not recommended to jack on the axle because some jacks have a small head on them that may bend the tube, which houses the inner torsion arm.

You can jack on frame on either side of the axle, depending on how high your jack is. There is also the axle plate that is 1/4" plate steel that protrudes on the back side of the axle if your jack will work on it.

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:18 AM   #3
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Re: Jacking point for wheel change

Hi Reace: Thanks for the reply. I shall jack up on one side of the axle or the other. I just wasn't sure, and I thought that perhaps there was a reinforced part of the frame, but I guess not. I was just being cautious.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:09 PM   #4
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Good discussion, what kind of jack do others carry for the trailer? We have a 17.

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:14 PM   #5
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Re: Jacking point for wheel change

Hi Chris:
I use a hydrolic jack from Canadian Tire and some wood blocks. If I'm at home and jacking up the trailer for any reason, I use 2 ton jack stands to hold it up after I have jacked it up, so that when I crawl in there to adjust brakes or whatever, I won't be in any danger. The benefit of the hydrolic jack is that it is small and light and easy to use.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:50 PM   #6
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Re: Jacking point for wheel change

I keep a bottle jack (small hydraulic jack), lug wrench, can of tire inflator, and assorted 2 x 6 slices of lumber (with beveled leading and trailing edges - for leveling the trailer) in a rubbermaid tote-thingee labeled "Blocks n Chocks". On the Casita I placed the jack under the frame rails. Since I haven't seen what my options are on the 5.0, I can't comment on what works on Escapes

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Old 08-06-2010, 03:26 PM   #7
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Re: Jacking point for wheel change

The screw jack that came with our Tacoma combined with the "lego" plastic blocks I use for leveling and/or jack pads is my emergency change method. Also the Tacoma lug wrench works. The less extra stuff I can carry, the less gas mileage I lose!

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Re: Jacking point for wheel change

Although the hydraulic jack is strong, I never liked the limited piston travel and extra weight. It's a bit of a pain at the side of the road. Has anybody used the scissor style jack?

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Re: Jacking point for wheel change

Our 17B came with front and back scissor jacks (Reace said that the supplier sent the wrong ones so he went ahead and used them - my gain!) Reace said that we could actually use them to jack up the trailer and change a tire.

[Slightly off topic] - With our old Scamp 16 owners were constantly discussing the potential bending the frame using the the jacks to level the trailer. Reace said that the frame on our 17B is plenty strong and that jacking it to level won't cause any frame problems.


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Although the hydraulic jack is strong, I never liked the limited piston travel and extra weight. It's a bit of a pain at the side of the road. Has anybody used the scissor style jack?

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