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    Stuart Howes
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    Hello, I’m new to caravanning. Actually, I set off one Sat morning to buy a tent and came home with a second hand Xcape!

    I’m sure somebody on this forum can give me advice on what seems a simple problem – I have great difficulty jacking up the caravan to change wheels. (I need to put those small steel “wheels” on so that the caravan fits under my car port).

    It just feels incredibly heavy and it’s difficult to get a jack in under the axle and have room to pump the handle. Somebody suggested I get a 12v scissor jack from Adendorff, which I did, but it wasn’t strong enough and blew the car and caravan fuses.

    Is it feasible to use one of those high lift jacks in the “holes” in the caravan made for the levelling jacks?

    After 55 years of motoring and changing countless wheels, I feel embarrassed to ask such a simple question. But, I’m really stuck – please humour me!

    Umko

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    Riaan Louw
    Riaan Louw on

    Hi Stuart.I use a trolley jack to lift a Jurgens Elegance to level when camping.The pump action is very little but still manage to lift it to put a block onder the wheels.

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    Gert Kalis
    Gert Kalis on

    Stuart

    You may confirm with the dealer, when I started camping many moons ago I was told especially with a flat along the road, you drop the jockey wheel as low as possible. Expand the leveling jacks at the back of the caravan. Now lift the Van with the Jockey wheel. This is also the way I use to store my van. However, I also expand the front level jacks and release the jockey wheel again.

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    Jimmy McKenzie
    Jimmy McKenzie on

    Roadque in Pretoria make what they call an easy wheezy aluminium jack. It fits under the axle and you pull your caravan forward. The forward movement lifts the axle. A jack will lift only one wheel at a time. Two jacks will lift both wheels. They are also used to lift and keep the wheels off the ground when the caravan is not in use. I’ve recently bought one jack but have not yet tried it yet. I don’t have a vehicle to pull my caravan forward as my vehicle is in for repairs at the moment. Look on page 43 of the Roadque catalogue in their website.

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    Stuart Howes
    Stuart Howes on

    Thanks, Riaan, Gert and Jimmy,

    It seems that it’s not so simple just to take out the vehicle jack and change a flat.

    I appreciate you guys taking the trouble to share your experience.

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