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Old 11-01-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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I have decided to stop toting a 75 lb floor jack around so I got this little 12 ton bottle jack. I carry a spare set of two brake drum and wheel bearing assemblies when we go on the road.

The floor jack didn't have enough reach to get up to the frame without substantial blocking.

I built this box to carry the jack (get it...Jack In The Box) in the truck bed and it also serves as the stand for the jack when jacking up the trailer.





I cut to friction fit inside the box a 3rd member to support the center of the box when using it as a stand.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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That is a clever, compact solution.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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Tried it out today. About 4 inches of the jack gets both tires off the floor. I believe it'll work out fine.
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Paul, looks good.

I also agree on getting the larger jack. It is not so much that you need the lifting capacity, it is to get a larger base surface and the entire jack is a lot more stable.

I carry 2, 12 ton bottle jacks, wheel bearings, seals and grease, spare lug nuts. Have not thought about the brake drum. Boy I hope you or I never need one of them.... I actually have 2 in the shed. In my case they would have to go in the truck bed. If and when we go out west on extended trips may need to put them in the truck.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:19 AM   #5
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I had a drum assy self distruct on our first Travel Trailer trip in '04. We had bought the Sunline only a month before and I was a total rookie. We had followed Lewis and Clark's route clear up into Idaho. On the way back through Nebraska we pulled into an RV park from the interstate. The most horrible screeching was comning from the trailer wheels. I stopped only to find the white paint on one wheel charred brown from heat.
We checked in and slowly drove to our spot. On pulling the wheel and drum all the stuff fell out. Apparently the adjusting screw assy came out and that left everything loose.

Having no spare parts, I took everything out of that side and disconected the brake wire to the other matching side. Drove home with brakes on only 2 wheels.

I should have said backing plate assemblys, not drums. When going to New Mexico in early '08 to live in the new 276SR trailer and work I stopped in a place in Springfield, MO to get a gas bottle filled. They had complete backing plate assemblys already put together with shoes springs etc. Ready to just bolt on and hook up the brake wire. He had 4 of these that fit our trailer. I bought all 4. I just carry two on trips. That's were I also got the bearing sets and seals.

I am quite paranoid about wheel assembly failures.
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Thanks for the events of the "adventure"....

You have a point about the brake ass'y. The 5,200# Dexter (12") self adjusting backing plates go on sale every now and then at Eastern Marine. $39 bucks a wheel. They are genuine Dexter and have no idea how they can sell them that cheap. At that price you get all new parts, and just bolt it on. I have 2 sets in the shed now when the ones I have wear out. Since I switched to self adjusting brakes, they seem to wear quicker as they are adjusted up to about perfect all the time.

I suspect in about 2 years, maybe 3 I'll need to change them. It will be close to 40K miles.

I can see a brake assy part letting loose. Good thought for a long trip.

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Here is the Eastern Marine site. They are on sale again. Just they went up a bit
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I agree, probably not a bad idea to carry some along. I have some old ones hanging on the wall in the garage that I've used for parts over the years, but I'm not sure if they're the same as what's on the 286SR. They were from a 2251...
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. I have some old ones hanging on the wall in the garage that I've used for parts over the years, but I'm not sure if they're the same as what's on the 286SR. They were from a 2251...
Jon, the 2251 was 10" brakes most likely and the 286 SR is 12" brakes.

Some of the parts may interchange but not many.
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Jon, the 2251 was 10" brakes most likely and the 286 SR is 12" brakes.

Some of the parts may interchange but not many.
Ah, thanks!
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Lots of info, and I really like the jack-in-the-box!
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