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Supercharged111

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Posted: 04/05/20 09:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KD4UPL wrote:

Why wouldn't you release your tie downs and use the camper jacks to lift the camper a bit off the truck bed? Then your just lifting and "empty" truck with the OEM jack. It might even be necessary to access the winch to lower your spare tire anyway. Some campers' rear overhand blocks the winch hole. Or, I've seen some people unbolt the winch and turn it 90 degrees so the winch handle can fit in thru the rear wheel well.


This is more in line with my approach, but I probably wouldn't bother releasing tie downs. Just alternate between camper and Jack as you lift. You don't need all the camper weight off the truck for the jack to get a wheel off the ground. No need to add more **** (to forget to bring) and more complication.


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I would avoid the $30 Chinese bottle-jacks, as reports of failures are semi-common. As it turns out, older Ford Superduty and current Ford Sprinter Vans come with either a Ford OEM YELLOW 4-Ton or RED 6-Ton bottle-jack, 2-stage. I went to my local Ford dealership and confirmed you can buy them new from Ford for about $200, and confirmed they were in the new Sprinter Vans on the lot. Many of these jacks end up in junk yards and on eBay for ~$50. I bought the RED 6-Ton, and the two stage action goes from a squat 8" to tall 18-1/2". Home Depot and others sell a BLUE "Ford" 6-Ton bottle-jack for ~$25, but I'm cynical it's actually a Ford OEM jack, and am certain it's quality is far less than the YELLOW and RED jacks. Search on eBay, and you'll see the YELLOW and RED jacks. I'm also keeping the simple screw jack in my F350. The screw jack might be able to support the weight of truck+camper on one wheel, but the issue is how physically demanding it will be to turn the crank when so much weight is present. For a given weight, the higher duty jack will be easier to crank/lever.

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Too much thinking....
You have an OE Jack that is capable of lifting a wheel at the rated load of the truck, at a minimum.
You can buy any bottle jack of sufficient capacity and have some cribbing, which one needs to level up a truck and put under jacks on a TC rig anyway. And with those 3 items, if you can’t change a tire, your best to stay in cell service and have a roadside assistance membership.
Nothing more to consider really.
Good tip on the old Ford OE jacks. Didn’t know they were 2 stage hyd. Sounds like they could be handy.


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My F350 dually come with yellow jack.
I "managed" to make it fail. When I was lifting something light and went too high, the piston come out of the housing. Chinese jacks never did that.
Ford guarantee got it replaced.





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