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#1 Dann and Karan

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 02:47 PM

What kind of jack do you use to change a flat on your Casita while on a trip?

 

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 05:41 PM

Twice I used the jack that came with my '99 4Runner.  Worked ok.

 

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 05:51 PM

  I use   a little bottle jack.  Maybe 8".  It's important to take a test run in your parking spot.  You may need some dunnage (marine term) or blocks to accommodate the jacking procedure.  Depending on your jack, it could take two jacking procedures.



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 04:02 AM

I use the scissors jack that came with my F150.

 

No point in carrying an extra jack if the one that comes with your TV does the job. Give it a try...before you have a flat.
Just be sure to chock the opposite wheel and to place the jack under the frame, not the axle.

 

Some bottle jacks are too tall to get under the frame when the trailer is sitting on the rim.

 

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 05:45 AM

Some makers tuck the jack and its parts away in places that may be very inconvenient. I put all the jack components in the bed of the truck where they will be easy and quick to access. Leaving them in their original tuck-away spots may lead to a scavenger hunt under stress.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:54 AM

Some makers tuck the jack and its parts away in places that may be very inconvenient. I put all the jack components in the bed of the truck where they will be easy and quick to access. Leaving them in their original tuck-away spots may lead to a scavenger hunt under stress.

 

AGREE!

 

When I had my blow-out on I-10 last January and had to pull over on the very narrow shoulder, I realized my jack was under the rear seat of my F150...on the driver's side, of course.

 

Lesson learned. Like you, I now keep everything together where I can get to it without endangering my life.

 

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 07:13 PM

I'll bet that was a stressful situation, Eileen. I should be ashamed of myself for admitting this, but I've not a clue where the Tundra's jack is. I'll rectify that TOMORROW.  However, we carry two scissors jacks for the Casita (which makes it nice and stable in camp) and a bottle jack, just in case. The idea of dealing with a blowout on the single axle'd Casita was one of the few reservations I had about it. I would have been far happier with two axles.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 09:44 PM

I have a jack for the truck and carry a bottle jack in my tool box.....but.....when I encounter a flat.....I pull off the road as far as possible.......make a sandwich....pop open a cold beer and call AAA.  Never have waited more than a half hour.......just seems easier and much less dirty....for me anyways. 


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:12 PM

I have a jack for the truck and carry a bottle jack in my tool box.....but.....when I encounter a flat.....I pull off the road as far as possible.......make a sandwich....pop open a cold beer and call AAA.  Never have waited more than a half hour.......just seems easier and much less dirty....for me anyways. 

 

On the section of I-10 I was on, there was very little room between my rig and oncoming traffic, which included 18-wheelers traveling at 80 mph. It was plain-flat-out NOT safe.

 

I called Good Sam and they told me it would take anywhere between 45-90 minutes for help to arrive because of my remote location (between El Paso and Van Horn), They suggested I call 9-1-1 and report my problem so they could send out a sheriff's deputy, and that the deputy would then contact someone to change the tire for me, which I did.

 

Meanwhile, I spotted another Casita owner (and my hero!), Neal Ruest (and his wife Kay), coming toward me on I-10. Neal saw me, stopped and changed the tire for me. The deputy showed up and parked behind our rigs, making all of us feel a bit safer. Although they have a 'move over' law in Texas, there are still those drivers who don't comply.

 

Although I appreciate your 'kick back' attitude, not all situations are conducive to sandwiches and beer, especially if the deputy is showing up.  :P

 

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:51 AM

Moral: Save a beer and a sandwich for the deputy.


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 10:29 AM

 

I have a jack for the truck and carry a bottle jack in my tool box.....but.....when I encounter a flat.....I pull off the road as far as possible.......make a sandwich....pop open a cold beer and call AAA.  Never have waited more than a half hour.......just seems easier and much less dirty....for me anyways. 

 

On the section of I-10 I was on, there was very little room between my rig and oncoming traffic, which included 18-wheelers traveling at 80 mph. It was plain-flat-out NOT safe.

 

I called Good Sam and they told me it would take anywhere between 45-90 minutes for help to arrive because of my remote location (between El Paso and Van Horn), They suggested I call 9-1-1 and report my problem so they could send out a sheriff's deputy, and that the deputy would then contact someone to change the tire for me, which I did.

 

Meanwhile, I spotted another Casita owner (and my hero!), Neal Ruest (and his wife Kay), coming toward me on I-10. Neal saw me, stopped and changed the tire for me. The deputy showed up and parked behind our rigs, making all of us feel a bit safer. Although they have a 'move over' law in Texas, there are still those drivers who don't comply.

 

Although I appreciate your 'kick back' attitude, not all situations are conducive to sandwiches and beer, especially if the deputy is showing up.  :P

 

Eileen

 

Eileen......sounds like you had a very unsafe situation there.....glad you had people help and everyone was safe.  There are certainly times...immediate action is necessary.  I do use AAA.....found them to be much more responsive than Good Sam.  Use to live in So. Calif.......helped many people change tires on freeways as cars/trucks zoomed by........not safe and dangerous.  In these cases.......I always waited to get home before having that sandwich and beer!  Be safe out there.......safe travels to all!   


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:57 PM

There are times when it will be better to just drive on a flat/rim far enough that you can get completely off the road where it is safe to change a tire. I don't know about you folks, but my life is worth more to me than the cost of a rim--or even the cost of an axle.


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 10:21 PM

Thanks for the help with the jack. We now know what we can use.

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 11:14 AM

I'll pass along something I put together last week for my little camper.  If I pack something it has to have at least 2 purposes.  I picked up a couple of orange 5 gal buckets from

HD and wrapped them with a couple of rows of reflective tape.  I can pack stuff in them, use them to carry water or whatever, use them as weights for my awning poles and if I have car trouble, can place them behind the camper as an alert for oncoming traffic (especially at night--oh please don't let that ever happen).  Orange cones would only have one purpose, so they weren't acceptable.  Now, after reading Eileen's comments, I'm thinking of loading the tire changing equip. in one of the buckets and putting it up front in the TV.  Then....I will never need it!!

I'm also putting reflective tape above and below my back window for a little added visibility.  

(I ride a motorcycle....visibility is everything!!)


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 08:39 PM

  I use   a little bottle jack.  Maybe 8".  It's important to take a test run in your parking spot.  You may need some dunnage (marine term) or blocks to accommodate the jacking procedure.  Depending on your jack, it could take two jacking procedures.

 

Works for me, too.  They are cheap and don't take up a lot of room.   Sadly, my car jack had a weird notch in it and was meant to engage the body of the TV so it would not work for the Casita.