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    • #33780
      Anonymous
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      I’ve got a 3500 Ram and a Lance Capmer. Question: If I was to have a flat tire can a factory issued spare tire jack lift safely a fully loaded camper? That’s 3000 lbs more. Bryan

    • #33788
      ardvark
      Participant

      Byran,

      I’m not sure and I doubt the manufacturer will tell you given liability issues. However, my insurance includes road service and my tires are so darn heavy, I always figured if it happened, I would let them deal with it. I am quite sure your present jack could lift the front with no problem as almost no weight transfers to the front axle with a truck camper (only 9-10% of camper weight on our last two truck campers).

      I asked for the rating on a truck site I participate in and am waiting to see if anyone there knows the answer.

      Steve

      Steve and Andra
      2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
      Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
      2019 Northstar Laredo SC

    • #33804
      ardvark
      Participant

      Consensus is, if you can take the camper off the truck before jacking it up. Yes the truck jack that comes with the truck will lift both a SRW and a DRW with the camper onboard, but carrying and using a bottle jack is more typical once the truck is lifted and one guy carries an aluminum floor jack with the handle that breaks down. They all report changing a tire/tires in the real world with the truck camper on the truck. So for what it is worth, carry a bottle jack.

      I never thought about it until now, but guess I will switch out my jack to a bottle jack.

      My two cents 🙂

      Anyone here done it?

      Steve and Andra
      2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
      Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
      2019 Northstar Laredo SC

    • #33807
      John Perz
      Participant

      I’ve seen posts on the web where people claim that, since the factory has to assume that you may need to change a flat tire when the truck is fully loaded, that they therefor provide a jack capable of lifting the wheel with a full load on board.

      Of course, people who put truck campers on pickups often exceed the factory weight ratings.

      Personally, the factory jacks look so cheap that I really prefer to carry a bottle jack.

      For what it’s worth, I’ve chosen to invest in a SafeJack kit from Bogert with it’s various adapters. Since I’ll be moving this from vehicle to vehicle, I look on it as a lifetime investment.

      Bottle Jack Recovery Kit With 6 Ton Bottle Jack

      Regards
      John
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    • #33813
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks for the info and link.

    • #33875
      Jefe4x4
      Moderator

      I parked the factory jack 18 years ago and measured and bought a 12 ton hydraulic jack (and jack board) that would fit under the axle on a side that has a flat. Have used it twice for flats. It’s slow and heavy but gets the job done no matter how heavy your camper happens to be. With an axle jack you don’t have to lift that far. The jack board is two, one foot x one foot, 3//4 inch plywood squares glued and screwed together for use on soft ground, sand, or snow. I used to use this board with my rock crawler with the 60 inch high lift jack, but the high lift is now useless with a truck camper.

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