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Old 12-04-2018, 07:43 AM   #1
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In the event of when we find ourselves faced with a flat, I need to know what type of Jack, lug wrench or other tools we need for the fix. My husband is 72 and has spinal stenosis so my major concern is what would make this job easier for him. We do not live in an area where we have access to auto clubs so this is not an option. Thanks in advance for any info.
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:14 AM   #2
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I use a Trailer aid that brings it up a good bit. I have like you a HD truck, and use the jack from that to finish the job. I use to carry a floor jack. but the seals dried out from non use and was worthless when I needed it . I use a battery operated impact wrench that I got from Harbor Freight. Tho I also have a roadside assistance policy, but by the same token it let me down when I needed it in Oct.
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I carry a 10 ton bottle jack, two 6x6 blocks and a couple 8” 2x4 pieces. I also carry a torque wrench and a deep well socket to fit the trailer lugs. I have back problems and find this to be fairly easy. Or as easy as it can be without having someone else to do the job.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:10 AM   #4
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Do the Trailer aids work good with the wide stance trailers?
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:27 AM   #5
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There are two different size,. One is for the wide stance
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I use a Trailer aid that brings it up a good bit. I have like you a HD truck, and use the jack from that to finish the job. I use to carry a floor jack. but the seals dried out from non use and was worthless when I needed it . I use a battery operated impact wrench that I got from Harbor Freight. Tho I also have a roadside assistance policy, but by the same token it let me down when I needed it in Oct.
I had a Trailer aid on order but cancelled it because I read where it isn’t helpful with the wide stance wheels. The battery operated impact wrench might be something to consider. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:36 PM   #7
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I carry a 10 ton bottle jack, two 6x6 blocks and a couple 8” 2x4 pieces. I also carry a torque wrench and a deep well socket to fit the trailer lugs. I have back problems and find this to be fairly easy. Or as easy as it can be without having someone else to do the job.
The bottle jack will most likely be on our shopping list. If this works for you with your back problems, I think we can feel comfortable with these items on board. Thank you for your help.
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:09 PM   #8
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Bottle jack positioned just behind the rear shackle will lift either wheel . Buy a spark plug socket..(thin walled) and your 4 way ...which you should have anywaysc. .will fit .
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What I carry is this: A 12 ton bottle jack - maybe overkill but I had it - A 4 way lug wrench - the biggest one I could find for more leverage - A torque wrench - Longer for leverage -And the correct deep socket for the lug nuts.

I will be adding a battery impact soon.

I use the "Lego" style leveling blocks to raise the good tire till I can get the jack under the axle on one of the u bolts then just change the tire.


PLEASE lets not turn this into a debate on jacking from the axle or frame. What works for you works for you. This works for me right or wrong it works for me.
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:14 PM   #10
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Visit Harbor Freight. Get a H-D Bottle jack, correct deep socket for lug nuts, then the longest 1/2" drive bar they have on special offer. I think mine's a 24" with a universal jointed 1/2" drive on the end. Gives enough leverage to undo the most stubborn of lug nuts.
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