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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:42 pm    Post subject: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

Hey, what jack are you guys carrying around with you in the bus for changing a flat tire?

I have a nice floor jack for work in the garage, but it is a beast to carry around in the bus.

I used to just carry a AAA card instead of a jack, but a recent experience has made me reconsider this practice. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

If you jack points (and surrounding steel) are not rusted, a stock jack is great.

I carry a small walmart floor jack in a plastic case.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

Normally I cruise around with my stock jack.
On longer trips I sometimes I take my smaller floor jack.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

The stock jack is great. I carry a wooden pad for ground support if needed.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

Harbor Freight aluminum floor jack, $59, small enough and only about 40 pounds. I have one in each of my vehicles. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:49 am    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

If you're not going to use a stock jack... suggest investing in one or two of these to keep from crushing/deforming your jack hole(s):
http://www.mamotorworks.com/VW/product/jacking-plate_106138

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

pyrOman wrote:
Harbor Freight aluminum floor jack, $59, small enough and only about 40 pounds. I have one in each of my vehicles. Cool


Agree ^ Those HF jacks are pure garbage for everyday use, but are awesome for a tire change/emergency jack. Bring a piece of 4X4.

I figure the stock jack is enough, unless I'm worried something more involved may happen.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

When my stock jack gave up the ghost, I bought one of these newer scissors-style jacks to carry in my Westfalia:

237-011-031 Bus Scissors Jack - Type 2 - OEM
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That was six years ago, and I have been fortunate to never use it.
When/if I am at home and doing brake/wheel work, I block my wheels, and then use a floor jack an axle at a time, or put the whole bus up on jack stands if I'm going to be at it for awhile.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

... I keep a Wal Mart floor jack in my Ford Van, one in my 1960 single cab and one in my SO33... have a bottle jack in the '54 and '55 bugs... don't kike the stock VW jacks...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

Stock jack- all the way. Besides, Volksbaggin is now making really cool bags using TMI material for these things. She does not make one that improves the storage of your HF and walmart jacks. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

I carry a scissor jack, I wouldn't trust a cheap hydraulic of any type to work. It's stored, neglected and rusted in your bus, gets air in it, then it won't work when you need it. Mechanical all the way in a rarely used application like that.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

Bruce Amacker wrote:
I carry a scissor jack, I wouldn't trust a cheap hydraulic of any type to work. It's stored, neglected and rusted in your bus, gets air in it, then it won't work when you need it. Mechanical all the way in a rarely used application like that.


I like this argument for some kind of mechanical jack over hydraulic in this application.

Looks like I'll be looking for some sort of scissors jack or stock jack solution.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

DadaCheese wrote:
When my stock jack gave up the ghost, I bought one of these newer scissors-style jacks to carry in my Westfalia:

237-011-031 Bus Scissors Jack - Type 2 - OEM
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That was six years ago, and I have been fortunate to never use it.
When/if I am at home and doing brake/wheel work, I block my wheels, and then use a floor jack an axle at a time, or put the whole bus up on jack stands if I'm going to be at it for awhile.


^^ This all the way. For home maintenance, the $15 jack pad mentioned above with a standard floor jack is worth every damn penny.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

My jack point failed over the weekend. Then out of luck, jack wedged in broken jack point. Had to be rescued.
So off to the salvage yard & found what appears to be a great option. From a somewhat recent Chevy Suburban. $25.00
It fits in the cavity under the seat & lift height is 17" more with wood block.
Lifts perfectly under torsion tubes front & rear.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: Best Jack for Changing a Flat Tire? Reply with quote

Scissor jack all the way. Easy to store and works every time.
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