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I have a scissor jack supplied with my car, a Seat Alhambra. I've read that car jacks are not suitable for lifting caravans but I'm still not clear why not. Can anyone enlighten me.

 

Many thanks

 

David, Callum and Connor (NRF)

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Car jacks usually, on modern vehicles, have special locating lugs on them, as there are only certain places you can jack a car at, so may not be a good fit on the caravan. AlKo do not recommend jacking the caravan axle, as it is lightweight, and will not take the extra load being put on it, and may buckle, hence they recommend the side jack. Lastly, there is the possibility of the van slewing as it is jacked, and a small scissor jack has not enough bearing platform to allow this, and the van will probably fall off, with the jack ending up through the floor.

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Hi NRF,

 

Unless you buy the Al-ko chassis brackets and side lift jack,which is expensive,I would buy a small trolley jack which can be picked up for £15 or less. This can be used to jack the van under the axle reinforcement plate (where the axle fits through the chassis,and can also be used for the car. The trolley jack is much more stable than either the side lift jack or the scissor jack and a lot cheaper. :)

Don't forget when jacking the van to have it attached to the car and chock the wheel not been jacked up. This will prevent movement of the van.

 

Frank

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Hi NRF,

 

Unless you buy the Al-ko chassis brackets and side lift jack,which is expensive,I would buy a small trolley jack which can be picked up for £15 or less. This can be used to jack the van under the axle reinforcement plate (where the axle fits through the chassis,and can also be used for the car. The trolley jack is much more stable than either the side lift jack or the scissor jack and a lot cheaper. :)

Don't forget when jacking the van to have it attached to the car and chock the wheel not been jacked up. This will prevent movement of the van.

 

Frank

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Thanks all for your comments.

 

I've got a trolley jack and I use it to turn the wheels whilst the van is laid up over winter but its too heavy and bulky to take away. Will have to take a look at a proper Alko jack, with any luck might be able to pick one up cheaper at the NEC later this month.

 

Regards

 

David, Callum and Connor (NRF)

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Thanks  all for your comments.

 

I've got a trolley jack and I use it to turn the wheels whilst the van is laid up over winter but its too heavy and bulky to take away.   Will have to take a look at a proper Alko jack, with any luck might be able to pick one up cheaper at the NEC later this month.

 

Regards

 

David, Callum and Connor (NRF)

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There isn't any problem with using a scissor jack but, as has already been said, there is no locating lug so it has to be positioned under the axle or the axle plate (where it attaches to the chassis). This means its flippin' awkward. The Alko side

lift jack (or the Alko scissor jack) which locate on the special brackets,is the best option. The big advantage is that you can use it even if the 'van was sat on its hub.

 

Mike

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