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Right on, Craig. In the 18 years of TC-ing, never once did i wish I had the jacks along.You will note that the hard core off-road type TC-er’s, sooner or later will loose the jacks.
The way i see it is, traveling sans jacks is like having a very small class ‘C’. If you need service, go to a place with a 14′ rollup door that will fit taller equipment. In a catastrophic crash, the jacks are damaged enough to not be able to use all 4 anyway.
Phil’s jack problem was not being prepared to lift the rear axle in the first place. We’ve had a 12t hydraulic jack and a ‘jack board’ since day one and have used it only a few times: about half of those times for someone else or extrication. Slow but will lift anything I have up to 24K pounds. It was also used for fender straightening in a fender bender to clear the front tires.
The other jack we never take along is the hi-lift. I have both the 48″ and the 60″ version and use them around the spread (there is a reason they’re called a farm jack) but they’re useless with a drop in truck camper.
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