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Message posted by Jofang21/4/2012 at 10:19pm
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We've got a double axle Buccanneer Caravel with 4 motor  movers. On a recent trip to Spain we had a puncture, but no problem we carried a spare wheel and my 1 ton trolley jack. However, problems arose when I tried to get the jack under the axle beam, as the motor mover was in the way leaving me only a few inches to get the jack under. I solved this by pulling one side of the van up onto a levelling wedge to create additional height and after much huffing & puffing I got the jack in place and completed the wheel change.

This episode got me thinking that if I pulled the van onto a suitable wedge under the good wheel the bad wheel would lift clear of the ground and I wouldn't need a jack at all.

Has anyone done this before and if so have you got any suitable dimensions? I'm planning to experiment with a home made wedge made from layers of plywood to get the right height but if this has been done before it would save me lots of mucking about to find the correct height and shape for the wedge.



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Message posted by tango5522/4/2012 at 1:06am
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I have never owned a twin axle caravan myself but it actually sounds like a logical solution to me. I think the main problem is how far the short suspension arm will drop.

Message posted by rabb_uk22/4/2012 at 9:23am
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I've done this as I couldn't get the jack underneath in the correct place, just pulled the van up onto the leveling ramp and it was a lot more stable than using the jack, I've since bought a inflatable jack that'll lift 2 ton being as its totally flat before use will go under the axle easily.

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Message posted by jeff juke22/4/2012 at 9:51am
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Never changed a wheel on my bailey but,i remember one time the jockey wheel slipped and the "A"frame crashed to the deck it was a nightmare to lift back up.I was surprised to learn the van was not balanced on the axles but,nose heavy.

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Message posted by TonyC5222/4/2012 at 12:24pm
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Quote: Originally posted by jeff juke on 22/4/2012
Never changed a wheel on my bailey but,i remember one time the jockey wheel slipped and the "A"frame crashed to the deck it was a nightmare to lift back up.I was surprised to learn the van was not balanced on the axles but,nose heavy.
I had this issue one, luckily had a couply of people with me that I got to stand inside at the back of the van to reduce the load at the front. Lifted easily then.

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