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Fiat Ducato replacement jack capacity

I want to replace my Ducato jack with something better.
Suggestions on bottle or trolley jack (size seems to be the main point).
Also what's the minimum lifting capacity? As the vehicle is 4450kg fully loaded, I suspect a 2000kg jack would be ok to lift one wheel.

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The jack supplied with the vehicle is adequate for the use it is intended i.e. emergency use of changing a wheel for the spare, it will need to be used as per the instructions in the vehicle handbook.

If you decide you want better, the best is a trolley jack, however you will find that virtually all the budget range of them will be unsuitable, usually because of a lack of lift height, if you decide to buy one with the suitable lift and weight requirements you are likely to have problems finding enough space to carry it with you.
A "bottle" hydraulic jack is the most cost effective way to get the necessary lift and weight requirements fulfilled but as with all lifting equipment, will need to be used with care and following the guidance on its use.

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Agreed John, then there is the problem of bottle jack height.
Most suitable and heavy enough bottle jacks will be at least 25cm in height closed. A van with a flat tyre might not have the clearance to position the bottle jack under the suspension or chassis. Unless the van can be driven up onto lumps of wood or the spare wheel.

As you say accommodating and carrying a trolley jack is also difficult due to space and size. Either way I would always advocate a trial run at home to see any problems before ending up beside a fast moving motorway at night in the rain.

One ferry crossing we saw a camper with a flat tyre forced to drive off the ferry and off to the lorry park before being able to call for assistance. Must have really messed up the tyre by then.

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I would worry about a bottle jack because they are made to lift straight up but a vehicle tends to lean as it’s lifted and the jack could pop out.
I’ve used the standard Fiat jack several times with no problem.
Just my thoughts.
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