Changing tyres

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  1. Ricardoe

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    when I had the van serviced the other day(hymer 544)I asked the mechanic to free off the spare wheel holder etc...just in case i needed it.When I got home I realised I had a trolly jack and thought that might come in really handy.Thing is ..trolley jack has a weight limit of 1 ton and though the van has 3500 kg on its plate,that wouldn't be the weight on the axle when changing the tyre....would it?? Advice on this from the wealth of knowledge out there would be very welcome..cheers
     
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    the entire van weighs i believe 3500kg but might be 3850kg if uplated. you are lifting one corner, so in theory a 1 tonne jack would just suffice. however with any jacking or lifting equipment you need to build in an extra margin for safety. you need at least a 2 tonne jack
     
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    Thanks mate
     
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    Well the total vehicle weight is 3,500kg MPLTM, I hope it isn't that heavy without you in it!
    Your maximum axle weights will be nearer 2t, and you are lifting one wheel. You will be pushing the boundaries, but I pushed ours up on a 2t trolley jack and ours is 4,005kg MPLTM.

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    Beaten to it again!
     
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    Well if it was 1700kg on the front that would mean 1800kg on the rear, to change a wheel you might just jack it level in which case your Jack would see 900kg, BUT Jack it too high and the Jack could see well over 1000kg, it will be tested to a safety margin so gan canny and don't put your feet underneath when you put the wheel back on.

    Martin
     
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    I use a 3 ton jack, good safety margin.
     
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    They are a tad large though, not something to carry around on the off chance! :D
     
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    Hi There ever thought of a exhaust airbag jack, I believe they can lift up to 4 tonnes. The weight would be negligible to carry round.
    Tony
     
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