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Old 11-09-2019, 06:41 PM   #1
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Bottle Jack size

I have a 2015 Crossroads Cruiser 35'. What size bottle jack would be good to have along in the event I need to jack up the rig for flats or maintenance on bearings etc, I have an 8 ton. Is that enough?
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:17 PM   #2
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I have a 12 ton bottle jack. Might be an over kill but I’d rather have to much than not enough. I also carry a couple pressure treated blocks cut from a 6x6 post. In case I need extra height or if I have to use the jack on soft ground.
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:06 AM   #3
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I have a 4 ton... works fine. You are not jacking up the whole weight...also add leveling blocks under axle like a safety stand.
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Old 11-10-2019, 05:49 PM   #4
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I use the bottle jack that came with my truck.
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Old 11-17-2019, 02:26 PM   #5
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I use a 4 ton bottle jack and is plenty for my trailer. I put an 8x8 block to give it the extra height and lift inside the shackle opening at the rear of each spring where it is welded to the frame. The pointy part of my jack fits in perfectly and does not need any shim here. If you do use one I would suggest metal as wood will split.

I was told to NEVER EVER jack it up using axle as the lift point as the axle will bend and throw the wheels out of alignment.
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Old 11-17-2019, 04:26 PM   #6
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I have a 2015 Crossroads Cruiser 35'. What size bottle jack would be good to have along in the event I need to jack up the rig for flats or maintenance on bearings etc, I have an 8 ton. Is that enough?
Anderson Hitch Rapid Jack on Amazon if you have a tandem axle RV.
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Old 11-17-2019, 05:57 PM   #7
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Not all Tandems will work with these as I learned on my trailer. The axles are to far apart as well as the independent suspension keeps it from working.
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Old 11-17-2019, 06:19 PM   #8
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I carry a 12 ton short because that's what i had on hand.. Put it under the axle between the u bolts or on the inside u bolt. I have used this method for years and have yet to bend a axle. But if you place the jack toward the middle of the axle then yes you could bend it.
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:33 PM   #9
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*BROKEN JACK* Just recently I used my 3 ton floor jack to put the 5er up on jack stands. Decided to do this this winter to give some relief to my new Goodyear Endurance tires I just put on this spring. Yea Yea I know today’s tires don’t really need this but I’m still old school and I can service the brakes and bearings this spring, before I lower it back on the wheels. I did however break the u-joint on my 3 ton jack in the process and had to switch back to my 12 ton bottle jack I keep on the camper. So I jacked up the camper under the frame, just behind and in front of the wheels. Then I placed a jack stand between the u-bolts on the axel just inside the wheel. I know some will say your not supposed to jack or place anything under the axels. I would agree not to do that out further on the axels; but I’ve been putting campers up on jack stands between the two u-bolts for over 20 years.
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:20 AM   #10
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*BROKEN JACK* Just recently I used my 3 ton floor jack to put the 5er up on jack stands. Decided to do this this winter to give some relief to my new Goodyear Endurance tires I just put on this spring. Yea Yea I know today’s tires don’t really need this but I’m still old school and I can service the brakes and bearings this spring, before I lower it back on the wheels. I did however break the u-joint on my 3 ton jack in the process and had to switch back to my 12 ton bottle jack I keep on the camper. So I jacked up the camper under the frame, just behind and in front of the wheels. Then I placed a jack stand between the u-bolts on the axel just inside the wheel. I know some will say your not supposed to jack or place anything under the axels. I would agree not to do that out further on the axels; but I’ve been putting campers up on jack stands between the two u-bolts for over 20 years.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:35 AM   #11
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Been jacking up all types of trailers for over 40 years by placing the jack between the u bolts, never a problem, never bent an axle.
IMHO it's more dangerous using however many blocks under your jack to raise the tire off the ground from the frame.
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Been jacking up all types of trailers for over 40 years by placing the jack between the u bolts, never a problem, never bent an axle.
IMHO it's more dangerous using however many blocks under your jack to raise the tire off the ground from the frame.
I agree. The only reason I ever jack up the frame as close to the wheels as possible, is to place a jack stand between the u-bolts on the axel.
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IMHO it's more dangerous using however many blocks under your jack to raise the tire off the ground from the frame.

Cribbing is a tried and true way of supporting a jack and even the Rv that's been used for decades in industry. You just need to know how to properly do it. If you're an amateur and not familiar with the technique, then don't do it.
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:07 PM   #14
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Am very familiar with cribbing & how it's done, but still jacking the entire RV more than necessary to raise one tire off the ground, not to mention having to carry all the cribbing blocks.
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Best jack placement location

Hi! I have a 2020 Crossroads Zinger 290KB. I need to jack up the trailer to do a little leveling (without the use of a truck). Trying to figure out the best jack placement. I just need to be able to get a leveling block or 2 under the passenger side wheels.
The manual recommends jack placement "near the spring hangers". Ok cool, sounds doable but the side I need to lift is the side with the gas line that's completely in the way of being able to place a jack on the frame (near the spring hangers).
According to multiple different things I've read (and your reply) it seems like in between the u-bolts and as close to the wheel as possible (aka NOT anywhere even remotely near the middle of the axle [that seems obvious]) could be the place to do it.
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I don't carry the cribbing with me. It's at home when greasing bearings and wet bolts. I have a air powered bottle jack that has a high lift on it esp. with the 6x6 cribbing and 6 ton tall jack stands to support the rv. I always jack up on the frame, never near the axel or springs.
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Oops I meant for my post to be a reply to travelin Texans post #11
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Old 06-16-2024, 04:49 AM   #18
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I've had great luck with this device that I had someone build for me. The round end slides over the bottle jack extension and the squared-off part goes around the axle more evenly distributing the weight/pressure than just the smaller, round head of the bottle jack. I keep it as close to the U-bolts as possible and it also gives much more stability to lifting than a bottle jack alone.

In answer to the initial question, I believe mine is an 8-ton bottle jack.
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