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Old February 24th 04, 07:34 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
ZZhivago
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Does anyone have any knowledge about air bag jacks, with regards to use with
a caravan, please?
I am considering the Draper 3 tonne jack.



Cheers Paul


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Old February 24th 04, 08:28 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Hitch Lock
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In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
ZZhivago wrote:

Does anyone have any knowledge about air bag jacks, with regards to
use with a caravan, please?
I am considering the Draper 3 tonne jack.



Cheers Paul



I'm no expert, but I would be worried about pushing the floor out if I tried
to lift a caravan with such a device. It's important to lift a caravan under
the centre section of the chassis or under the axle. If doubt if you could
guarantee either with an air bag.
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Old February 24th 04, 08:43 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
DaveK
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"ZZhivago" wrote in message
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Does anyone have any knowledge about air bag jacks, with regards to use

with
a caravan, please?
I am considering the Draper 3 tonne jack.

I was given one and have only tried as a test under my Xantia. Shoved the
bag under the sub frame, connected pipe to exhaust pipe and started engine-
up two feet in three seconds. Marvellous.
I'd be a bit concerned about using it on a caravan- there's no large area of
support under the axle. Maybe you could make a frame to sit on top of the
bag which you could lock to the axle tube. Best to spend the money on a
specialised caravan jack.
DaveK.



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Old February 24th 04, 10:17 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Sam Tana
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Default Air bag jack

DaveK wrote:

Best to spend the money on a
specialised caravan jack.


How important on a scale of 1 to 10 would you rate carrying a caravan jack?

Sam

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Old February 25th 04, 12:13 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Peter Milnes
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I still have mine (around 20 years old) and stick a piece of plywood/chipboard
or similar on top of it under a suitable part of the chassis.

Cheers, Peter.


"DaveK" wrote in message
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: "ZZhivago" wrote in message
: news:[email protected]
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: Does anyone have any knowledge about air bag jacks, with regards to use
: with
: a caravan, please?
: I am considering the Draper 3 tonne jack.
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: I was given one and have only tried as a test under my Xantia. Shoved the
: bag under the sub frame, connected pipe to exhaust pipe and started engine-
: up two feet in three seconds. Marvellous.
: I'd be a bit concerned about using it on a caravan- there's no large area of
: support under the axle. Maybe you could make a frame to sit on top of the
: bag which you could lock to the axle tube. Best to spend the money on a
: specialised caravan jack.
: DaveK.
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Old February 25th 04, 07:30 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dave Fawthrop
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On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 23:17:18 +0000, Sam Tana wrote:

| DaveK wrote:
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| Best to spend the money on a
| specialised caravan jack.
|
| How important on a scale of 1 to 10 would you rate carrying a caravan jack?

It is important only when you *need* it.

The sissors jack I got with the van was not up to the job, when I tried to
use it. I got the ALKO version which *works*.

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Old February 25th 04, 08:12 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Hitch Lock
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In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Sam Tana wrote:

DaveK wrote:

Best to spend the money on a
specialised caravan jack.


How important on a scale of 1 to 10 would you rate carrying a caravan
jack?

Sam



It has the same importance as carrying a spare wheel. I suppose that if you
don't bother with a spare wheel, there's not much point in having a jack!

I always carry a little trolley jack in the boot of my car (less than 20
quid from Argos, complete with carrying case) - whether I'm towing or not.
This is equally effective for jacking up the car or the caravan, and far
better than any wind-up scissor jack or similar.
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Old February 25th 04, 11:55 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
DaveK
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How important on a scale of 1 to 10 would you rate carrying a caravan

jack?

Three - no, maybe 1.5.
I carry a 30cwt capacity hydraulic bottle jack. Just about fits under the
chassis frame by the axle, after gaining enough clearance by pulling up onto
a levelling block. Keep the car attached and raise the jack. Block the other
wheel and lower all caravan steadies before undoing wheel nuts. Used to have
a scissor jack- off an old Viva but it wasn't up to the job, specially with
a fully loaded van.
DaveK



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Old February 25th 04, 12:12 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Roy
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"Sam Tana" wrote in message
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How important on a scale of 1 to 10 would you rate carrying a caravan

jack?

Sam

Whats the alternative ?

Roy


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Old February 25th 04, 02:49 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Hitch Lock
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In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Roy wrote:

"Sam Tana" wrote in message
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How important on a scale of 1 to 10 would you rate carrying a
caravan jack?

Sam

Whats the alternative ?

Roy



Not carrying one, perhaps? g
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