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Old 09 February 2012, 13:04   #1
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Changing a trailer wheel

Do you carry a bottle jack looked at my car one today, no way will it be any good
Where the Defender comes with a bottle jack.
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Old 09 February 2012, 13:07   #2
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I do carry one... a little red one I got from a motor spares place for a tenner.
Used it for loads of things so far but not to change a trailer wheel - touch wood !
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Do you carry a bottle jack looked at my car one today, no way will it be any good
Where the Defender comes with a bottle jack.
Bought a bottle jack for this very purpose and it sits in the garage unloved and unused. It's big, heavy, cumbersome...I'm looking at making a simple wooden block that interfaces the RRS jack - the jack has a spigot - with the trailer axle.

Can't see why it wouldn't work. Would it?
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Old 09 February 2012, 13:42   #4
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Carry my tools and a trolley jack
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The scissor jack in my truck will work on the trailer. Why won't yours?
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Old 09 February 2012, 14:26   #6
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Saw this in a trailer store in America and thought it was a great idea.

http://www.seasense.com/products/54/...e/details/2965

I have just not got round to making one.

As so often is true with boats - very simple and it works.
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Saw this in a trailer store in America and thought it was a great idea.

http://www.seasense.com/products/54/...e/details/2965

I have just not got round to making one.

As so often is true with boats - very simple and it works.

That looks intersting, and possibly very use full, have you seen a video clip of one being used anywhere?
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I think this looks like a great idea, any one have any experience, good or bad. And importantly any UK importer / dealers / sellers ?
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Old 10 February 2012, 12:33   #9
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Bit dear 77 http://www.langtoninfo.co.uk/showite...523044&loc=GBP
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When I saw it in a store I thought I could make one and now its front of my mind I will.

I will let you know how I get on. The theory is great and as long as it grips the ground and is longer than half a wheel what can go wrong.

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I suppose it could collapse with you underneath and you could be crushed to death...
But there again, it might be ok.
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For major works requiring you to climb under the boat/trailer this is not the tool for the job. But for a quick replacement of a punctured wheel for a non punctured wheel on the road side this could be useful to have in the boot of the car.
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"Bit dear"!!

I'm with you ribtecer, I was thinking of making something. My only concern was if it rolled sideways at all, but it should be OK
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Mick - As you have 10 inch wheels - dogs b#ll#cks for launching by the way - you will need a hydraulic jack with a low height - I use a small bottle jack courtesy of Lidl - used to good effect on the road out of Inverness one day on your trailer .

Also be wary of jacking up forward of front axle as with the weight you have on the transom - you will tend to jack up the rear suspension on your LR
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Mick - As you have 10 inch wheels - dogs b#ll#cks for launching by the way - you will need a hydraulic jack with a low height - I use a small bottle jack courtesy of Lidl - used to good effect on the road out of Inverness one day on your trailer .

Also be wary of jacking up forward of front axle as with the weight you have on the transom - you will tend to jack up the rear suspension on your LR
Valid point I guess that's good advice for when unhitched as well.
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Mick - As you have 10 inch wheels - dogs b#ll#cks for launching by the way - you will need a hydraulic jack with a low height - I use a small bottle jack courtesy of Lidl - used to good effect on the road out of Inverness one day on your trailer .

Also be wary of jacking up forward of front axle as with the weight you have on the transom - you will tend to jack up the rear suspension on your LR
There's plenty of nose weight it levels the Defender out nicely with the winch on .

Will do some measuring up I have a 3t trolley jack for home use,
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I think this looks like a great idea, any one have any experience, good or bad. And importantly any UK importer / dealers / sellers ?
I have used an old 3 legged axle stand or a piece of old railway sleeper that way when we've been stuck in the yard though only on light trailers
Just need someone to shout stop when it gets to the top of the hump before it rides back down the other side.
If its on a flat concrete surface you can get a bit of slide first before it catches hold and starts to lift up.
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When I saw it in a store I thought I could make one and now its front of my mind I will.
Depending on the size fo your boat and trailer, there's no reason it has to be metal. A solid block of wood (or two or three alternating-grain layers) would do fine, if a bit heavy. Zip-tie it somewhere on the trailer, and it won't take up space in the car (and most people wouldn't know what it's for, so it would likely be pretty safe.)


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Bear in mind there are bottle jacks and bottle jacks. The cheap type like Draper etc with only one stage in the ram, and screw adjustment, are nowhere near as useful as the sort found in Land Rovers (old Discoverys etc) which have a two stage ram with much greater lifting range. Most of the ordinary bottle jacks won't have enough range to lift a 16" rim with a completely flat 4x4 tyre on it due to the height of the sidewall!
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