Bottle Jack and Safety Stands for Use During Trailer Maintenance

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Hello, I have a 5,500lb travel trailer with a 7,300lb max capacity, with that info, would it be safe or is it recommended to use wood blocks to assist in raising the trailer? I would like to rotate the tires a few times a year while its stationary and this jack is just the right size to store in the outside compartment. Thanks.

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A bottle jack like the Powerbuilt # ALL620471 is the right type of jack to use for changing and rotating tires and other trailer maintenance work. But using wood blocks will reduce the stability of the jack and affect the safety of that process.

Any trailer work is best done with wheels chocked on both sides. We offer rubber wheel chock products like # MT70073 and # MT70072 to steady the trailer while you work on it.

If you like the Powerbuilt jack for its size you can use it along with wood blocks to LIFT the trailer but before working on it you will want to place jack stands like # UF48-979003 under the frame to safely hold the trailer weight while you work.

Also keep in mind that the ground surface you are on, dirt vs. gravel vs. concrete, affects the stability of the jacks and trailer and therefore also affects your safety.

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