- August 10, 2018 at 08:48 #24458
I am new to Truck Campers and have a question about what type of jack to purchase. I have a 2017 Ford 250 superduty and a Bundutec hardside camper with a fully loaded weight of 9,660 lbs. Axel weights are front 4120 lbs. and rear 5540 lbs. I am looking at the ARB 72×19 exhaust bag or the Safejack system. Both are aprox. 250.00. Or is there a better option.
Thanks in advance for any input.
- September 17, 2018 at 12:42 #26022Jefe4x4Moderator
srj-1, Are you looking for an axle jack? The rule of thumb is to get an 8 to 12 ton hydraulic jack that will fit under the axle or suspension on that side with a flat tire and whose height will fit on a 12 inch square jack board and under the axle/suspension part. The ARB and Safejack systems look cool, but where are you going to store them, and are you going to wait for the engine and exhaust system to cool before using? Another option that you can cross off is the use of a high lift jack. It will only work on the front bumper with a truck camper; not enough use to warrant even carry it. If you have a flat or are stuck what you want is to get that one wheel off the ground so you can change it or pile stuff under it to get out. jefe
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- September 17, 2018 at 13:36 #26025
Jefe4x4, yes I am looking for an axle jack. It seemed like the ARB exhaust system could be more stable and not as heavy as the Safejack system. The ARB can also be pumped up with an air compressor. I just don’t know if it would work as advertised. It sounds like you think the hydraulic bottle jack sized to fit is the best option. Thank you for your advise.
- September 23, 2018 at 12:14 #26092DieseldawgParticipant
have never personally used an exhaust jack, but i have watched my buddy struggle with his countless times..
despite what the ads may say, they are NOT fast, and not really that strong. it won’t lift my buddies GMC, let alone with his camper on there. it will lift his Toyota a couple inches after 20 mins or so of revving the motor. and they will do damage if your not extremely careful. Exhaust pipes, anything plastic (skids, fuel tanks) are highly susceptible to damage. even under a strong part, an axle, they have a tendency to “wrap” around it and snag other things…(e brake cables…etc) most of what they contact under there was never designed or intended to support the entire weight of the vehicle.
and hi lifts are the ultimate “cool looking” acces to have to look like a hard core 4by’er, strapped all loud and proud usually on roof racks or bumpers. they are also notorious for slippin’ (lever latch) and trippin'(falling over sideways…) i have one, but it sits in the garage, was useful for spreading the frame on my crewy, but other than that i leave it at home. won’t sell it, as it is the “ultimate cool” looking thing to have for a 4×4…lol
i agree with jefe, a good hyd bottle jack will work fine and takes up very little space.
as our truck and camper and trailer comes in around 16k, i went overkill and got a 20 ton for about 15 clams more than a 12 tonner, nothing wrong with having excess! i have never used it to change a flat on our TC (never had a flat) but i have used it a few times to lift our 5 ton dump truck
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- September 24, 2018 at 08:29 #26107
Dieseldawg, thanks for the comments. That is really what I was hoping to find out. I will get the hyd bottle jack! Thanks again.
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