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Old 05-13-2005, 09:39 AM
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Jack & Lug Wrench

I have a few questions concerning changing a trailer tire along the road:

1) What type of jack do you carry with you (tow vehicle's bottle, scissor, etc.)?
2) Does your tow vehicle lug wrench fit your boat or do you carry the correct size?
3) Where do you jack from on your trailer (axel, frame, etc.)?

The reason I ask is that I recently checked my tow vehicle's lug wrench. It didn't fit (I have been towing like this for years). The bottle jack in my tow vehicle would work if I placed the jack under the axel, but I'm concerned that may not be the best idea (I have a tandem with torsion axels). The bottle jack would not even come close to having enough height for lifting the frame. I would expect that it might be different for single vs. tandem or leaf spring vs. torsion axel trailers. I checked the MC trailer owner’s manual, but it didn't mention anything about what type of jack to use or where to jack from on the trailer. All it said is your tow vehicle's jack/wrench "might" work (gee thanks). Auto owner’s manuals go into great detail about what type / where to place it / and how to use a jack. Anyone have any insight?
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Old 05-13-2005, 09:44 AM
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What size are the lugs? I will have to pick up the right size wrench for the trip to FL just in case.
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Old 05-13-2005, 09:55 AM
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I'm not positive, but I think they are 3/4 in. I'll have to look tonight.
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Old 05-13-2005, 09:55 AM
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Looks like a trip to the hardware store.....If you wouldn't mind letting me know for sure, that would be awesome.
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:01 AM
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As far as a lug wrench, I bought an "X" stlye folding wrench that works great. It accomodates 4 different lug sizes and folds up easily. It only cost me about $15-20. I just leave it folded up and I store it under the back seat of my truck.
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:02 AM
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I've decided to pickup a universal wrench that should solve the problem. There are a number of options, but this one seemed pretty compact http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...81&R=200304581.
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:03 AM
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I carry a small floor jack and the lugs are 3/4 or 13/16.
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:04 AM
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I also have the X lug wrench. Also, since my truck is lifted, the stock jack will not raise up high enough. So, I have 2 pieces of 2x6 (squares) that I keep in my tool bag in the truck in case I need to jack up the truck and/or the boat.
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:34 AM
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I have the 4way lug wrench and a hydraulic floor jack in the ole tool box and I will ruin a wheel and a tire to get to the next exit before I'll risk changing a tire on the side of the road. fwiw of course
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Old 05-13-2005, 11:34 AM
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I use a bottle jack under the axle of my MC trailer with torsion axles. I have had two different dealers tell me this is ok. Both even said it is ok to tow with one tire missing for short distances at slow speed (the tire will hit the fender with every little bump)
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