Originally Posted by JoeH
Don, have you actually had to use the OEM bottle jack? . . . But since you have my attention
it reminds me of why it sucks. I got a flat coming back from biking at the Rainbow Rim trail on the North Rim. I changed it in the parking lot at the Lodge. My first flat on my SMB with 35" tires. I couldn't find anything nearby except crappy and irregular shaped limestone rocks. It was a no-go situation until one of the maintenance workers took pity on me and grabbed a thick Mormon bible from one of the nearby cabins which I used on top of a block of wood and put the bottle jack on that.
Similar to my experience. My one flat was on a single lane, steep, canted rocky road above Silverton, CO. The road was slick from an ongoing drizzle and the tire was on the downhill side of the slope, of course. No room to stand, I had to position myself on the hillside below the car (the jack was at eye level) and trust that that day wasn't going to be mine.
I've thought about a new bottle jack. How do you lift yours? Back to the Colorado experience, I've got everything stored in the vehicle's exterior. Not excited about disrobing the van to get to the jack & it's tools.
Off topic, we'll miss Expo this year. Hopefully we can get to your neighborhood for a visit later in the season.
Originally Posted by 86Scotty
I carry too much crap, . . . You're right though, Don, the big OEM jack rod is a bugger to store. Do you not have a long space under the gaucho? That's where I kept all of my jacks and long......implements.
Speaking of too much crap, our aisle is filled when we're fully packed. (We have a galley-style layout.) As I said to Joe, disrobing for emergency work is less than optimal.
We'd have to put up a tarp or our base camp tent if we were in a storm. I used to store everything in the front bumper but after we pulled the water heater and added an exterior door, the tire tools are available from the outside. Except the rod. It migrates around the vehicle depending on my mood.
Your gaucho comment makes me think I could store it behind the gaucho. That's easily accessible. Thanks.