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  1. I try my best

    I try my best

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    Hello all you lovely peeps...

    Could you tell me if the jack pack that came with our MH is ok to jack it up with. May sound like a daft question, but it is a Peugeot boxer chassis.....it is an avante garde .....2003.
    Its just that it looks so unlike the industrial type jacks, it doesn't look strong enough to take the weight...

    thanks...
     
  2. Wickolad

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    Does the jack have a safe weight rating stamped on it anywhere? I always think the scissor jacks look a bit flimsey so use a heavy duty trolley jack at home to be on the safe side, backed up with an axle stand.
     
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    they work fine on the front wheels if on flat solid ground, but as useful as a chocolate teapot on the rears of a coachbuilt motorhome
     
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    Strong enough for the unloaded chassis but I wouldnt trust a scissor jack lifting 3500kg plus.

    is it safe.....not by a long way.

    Invest in a 10 ton bottle jack and a pair of axle stands or a proper trolley jack for home use.
    Never use a javk without stands, even new hydraulic jacks can fail.
     
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  5. I try my best

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    OMG.....this is all new to me....thanks so much for quick responses....I wonder, will leaving it on its flat tire do any damage...I know someone who works in a garage but he cant come over for a couple of days...so its just sitting outside looking like a pancake!
     
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    never leave a flat tyre under heavy load, as it damages the tyre wall

    try googling for a local mobile tyre fitter or if in RAC etc get them to put spare on
     
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    I've used the standard Fiat jack on my Hymer B584 with no problems both front and back.
     
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    As a last ditch solution use your existing jack to take some weight off the tyre but dont risk removing the wheel.
    You only need lift it a few inches so the rim isnt resting on the rubber
     
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    Rather then leaving it on a flat tyre I'd be tempted to try the scissor jack and get some blocks under . . . . PJ beat me to it! (y)
     
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    thanks all so much......will get someone ASAP......xxx
     
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    I suggest you then invest in a decent bottle jack with sufficient capacity to hold the loaded rear axle.
     
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    As I have the Scissor type as well, could someone recommend a quality bottle jack. Can I assume :cautious: that I will only need one that will lift a single wheel on the heaviest axle i.e. 1000kg - rear axle limit is 2000kg
     
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    Bolts Jack 8 ton does the job.
     
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    Unless you are a young slip of a lad, throw the bloody jack away and call breakdown people. :)
     
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    My preference is 5tonne (light enough to carry in van) although others might prefer the 8tonne version. As previously mentioned, axle stands are also a good idea (y)
    http://www.screwfix.com/search?search=bottle+jack#_=p
     
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    We bought the screwfix 5 tonne this year as well as an extending H D lever/ wrench (mental block) as the one the came with the scissor jack is bent!

    Another thing to carry which I hope we never use...
     
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    If you have ever worked as a Motor vehicle technician you'd say axle stands are a must because they are a life saver.
     
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    Completely new to motorhoming so forgive my lack of knowledge but can you use jacks for levelling i.e. just to level the van not remove the wheels? That would seem so much easier than trying to level using ramps
     
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    Considerably less effort to use the ramps and a spirit level and I would say a definite no to use a jack for levelling purposes. Also the wheel nuts possibly need a quality extension bar to remove them and the wheel is a significant weight so not to be tackled unless you really have to !!
     
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    Some premium motorhomes have electric levelling jacks fitted - and some motorhomers have them fitted after buying. But they are an expensive option; perhaps the most often referred to are made by Goldschmitt and are fitted to large Concordes and the like.
    In the absence of such an exotic system, I would stick to ramps and not try levelling with a jack. For example, if you 'wild-camp' or use camperstops (aires in France) and decide you need to leave in a hurry, the last thing your want to do is have to get under and remove a jack first!
     
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