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Old 08-16-2022, 08:34 AM   #1
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I need to buy a jack to keep in the truck toolbox for truck flats (F350) or trailer flats (5th wheel). Should I get a bottle jack or a floor jack? Boyle jack takes up way less space and lifts more but I’m worried about stability if I have to use it on the side of the road.


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Old 08-16-2022, 08:35 AM   #2
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I carry both.
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:43 AM   #3
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Bottle jack + jack stand. Both lighter and less bulky than floor jack

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Old 08-16-2022, 08:46 AM   #4
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2 bottle Jack's and a couple of blocks. My bottle jack that will fit under the axle with a flat wont go high enough to get the tire off.
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:48 AM   #5
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I carry a small floor jack and some treated 2x10 squares. it's not too bulky if your tool box isn't too full of other stuff.
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:48 AM   #6
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I carry a 6x6 (cut at angle/ramped) for tandem trailers. (flatbeds/5th wheel/no-dual tandems) Roll good axle up on 6x6 and get the flat on other axle off the ground, no jack needed.

Bottle jack in tool box (can be used on 6x6 if needed) for truck

If Big trailer/gooseneck/dual tandems, ect. I'll throw in a floor jack.
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:50 AM   #7
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bottle jack in the truck and floor jack in the shop
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:50 AM   #8
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I got both
But if had to limited room in truck , bottle (12ton)and some wood blocks
Floor jack floor is 2 1/2 ton still need blocks IMO

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Old 08-16-2022, 08:53 AM   #9
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I’ve ended up on the side of the road with trailers a few times. Floor jack has always served me well but I’m not restricted by room.
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:54 AM   #10
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I carry this:

https://www.amazon.com/Alltrade-6409...00694736&psc=1
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:01 AM   #11
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12 Ton bottle jack with threaded extension.
Cordless 1/2" drive impact is also a game changer
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:02 AM   #12
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I have learned that a bottle jack is great for space, but everyone I've ever had in my tool box was to tall to stand up and when it lays over you risk the chance for the oil to run out when you least expect it.
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:09 AM   #13
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I have learned that a bottle jack is great for space, but everyone I've ever had in my tool box was to tall to stand up and when it lays over you risk the chance for the oil to run out when you least expect it.
Mine stays laid over in the bed of the truck. Just gotta make sure the bleeder screw is closed…every time. I always carry a few 2x6 or 2x8 short sections for blocking the jack and chocking tires.
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Old 08-16-2022, 11:37 AM   #14
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Looks interesting. Have you tried it out yet?
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Old 08-16-2022, 11:47 AM   #15
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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-21-...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

I carry something like this for my trailer, but mine is built out of 2x6 boards, and a bottle jack because of space. If it is in an area that the bottle wont work, then I use the one that came with the truck. Also I carry a M18 1/2" impact
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Old 08-16-2022, 11:51 AM   #16
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I carry a 6x6 (cut at angle/ramped) for tandem trailers. (flatbeds/5th wheel/no-dual tandems) Roll good axle up on 6x6 and get the flat on other axle off the ground, no jack needed.

Bottle jack in tool box (can be used on 6x6 if needed) for truck

If Big trailer/gooseneck/dual tandems, ect. I'll throw in a floor jack.
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Old 08-16-2022, 11:58 AM   #17
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Do you think that will that get under truck with the tire flat?
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Old 08-16-2022, 01:06 PM   #18
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20 ton bottle here with several small blocks of 2x6
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Old 08-16-2022, 03:19 PM   #19
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I carry a 6x6 (cut at angle/ramped) for tandem trailers. (flatbeds/5th wheel/no-dual tandems) Roll good axle up on 6x6 and get the flat on other axle off the ground, no jack needed.
Same here I keep a ramp in the nose of each of my cattle trailers. Then I have a Dewalt 1/2" impact I carry. We're not on the side of the road long when we pop a tire.
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Old 08-16-2022, 03:36 PM   #20
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bottle jack in the truck and floor jack in the shop
Same. 20-ton Shorty bottle jack and a couple of pieces of oak 2x6. I had a blow-out on a 32' Gooseneck trailer with 14 round bales on it a few weeks ago and the bottle jack I had then was too tall. I had to move the trailer off the pavement and dig a hole to put the base of bottle jack in. Got a 4-ton floor jack in the shop.
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Old 08-16-2022, 03:38 PM   #21
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One of these stays under my tool box for trailer flats.

https://www.etrailer.com/Wheel-Chock...YaAgKOEALw_wcB

And I keep a 6 Ton bottle jack in my tool box.
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Old 08-16-2022, 04:32 PM   #22
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I have an 8-ton bottle jack that won't fit under my Suburban.
Gonna but a Harbor Freight floor jack and replace the casters with 5"x5" skids.
At least in the front.
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Old 08-16-2022, 04:35 PM   #23
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Floor jack is obviously more convenient. not sure of the weight you are pulling but i always carry both It is such a help when you can roll that under the axle or under the the truck and make it happen. Been there and dun it. Not much fun on the side of I-10
The 4- 6 ramp is always a good idea to have in the back of your truck
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Old 08-16-2022, 04:42 PM   #24
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I have and carry both. But only carry the bottle nose if space gets tight in the bed.
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Old 08-16-2022, 04:52 PM   #25
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Bottle jack will pick up a LOT more. I sometimes carry a shorty and a regular 20 ton. And a couple pieces of wood. And no, you won't have room for a 20 ton floor jack, and if you can manhandle a 20 ton floor jack in and out of a pickup, you probably don't even need a jack. (I used to have one) But if a 2 ton floor jack will do what you need, that would b OK too, less crawling around on the ground.
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Old 08-16-2022, 04:54 PM   #26
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We have flats on a weekly basis with these **** Locust thorns and we’ve got changing tire’s down to an art form. 20 ton bottle Jack, 12” square 2” thick piece of hardwood, Jack stand and cordless impact. From flat to rolling in under 10 minutes
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Old 08-16-2022, 06:14 PM   #27
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If you use a bottle jack, you need to be on flat, level ground and then I would put a board under the jack, that is quite a bit larger than the base of the jack to keep it from sinking in the ground. At times they are great, but most of the time on the side of the road, they are not a good idea.

Most small floor jacks are probably not going to be able to lift a F350 very high, be lucky to get a tire off with most. But then a full size floor jack is large and heavy. I would do some research on the subject before buying anything, as far as what is available. I would prefer a floor jack for what you are talking about, but then there are the problems with the various ones I see most of the time. I have a 20 year old floor jack, it's great in the shop, but it weighs about 100 lbs., and it takes up a bit of space, but it will lift a F350 with no problem.

I have had multiple of the little, cheap floor jacks, the only way I can get them to lift the truck high enough to remove a tire, is to stack boards under the jack or between the top of the jack and the axle.

This is a subject I don't think about much, till I take off on long road trips in my truck then I am the debate starts, should I take my shop jack or not, I hate taking it with me, but when I need a jack, it sure works a lot better than anything else I have.

I keep thinking about getting one of those tall bumper style jacks, that the off road wanna be guys all have on their Jeeps. I would probably need to modify my bumpers to use one of those jacks, but I would be able to lift the truck off the ground with no problem. But then I would be worried about the vehicle falling off the jack. I remember all the fun years ago, trying to use those old 60s and 70s bumper jacks on cars years ago. Those things were an accident waiting to happen.

Sure would be nice, if someone came out with a great solution to this problem.
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Old 08-16-2022, 07:06 PM   #28
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Floor jack under the back seat.
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Old 08-16-2022, 07:13 PM   #29
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I am in the bottle jack and 2x6's ramp group. Every now and then you have to get creative but this works for me.
I also carry a hi-lift which can help with the creativity part.

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Old 08-16-2022, 07:17 PM   #30
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I carry this exact jack also. Have used on 2500 and works great. When we haul trailers more than an hour away I toss in a floor jack and an impact for pure speed.
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Old 08-16-2022, 07:19 PM   #31
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I carry a large floor jack because if having to work on a wide variety of machinery and vehicles. Honey locust trees are not tractor tire friendly. Too often had to jack a tractor up and take the wheels off. Don’t overlook the need for jack stands or cribbing on heavy stuff.



Don’t forget a Trailer-Aid being handy and fast.

I had a link for the Trailer-Aid typed in but it didn’t work.

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Old 08-17-2022, 10:36 AM   #32
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....I had a link for the Trailer-Aid typed in but it didn’t work.
Trailer-Aid
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Old 08-17-2022, 10:52 AM   #33
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https://www.statelinetack.com/item/h...yABEgJKjvD_BwE

This is the GOAT for tandem axle trailers. Bottle jack in the tool box
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Old 08-17-2022, 11:19 AM   #34
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