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Old 04-06-2007, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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changing flat on travel trailer

What do you use for a jack on your trailer? Don't they sell a block you drive onto and raise one wheel off the ground? Do you keep a 4 way lug wrench or one specifically for your trailer? What have your tried that didn't work?
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Re: changing flat on travel trailer

I carry a small hydraulic bottle jack and a 4 way for just such occasions.
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Re: changing flat on travel trailer

I carry a 4-ton floor jack with me anytime I have the trailer tied on. I also carry a 2'x4' sheet of plywood to use for a base for the jack - in case the jack will have to work in mud or sand. I've needed the floor jack a few times over the last 40 years. If you ever have a flat on the trailer without that jack, expecially if you have to change a tire in the mud while the rain is falling, then I'll bet you don't forget it in the future. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

I also carry a huge hydraulic bottle jack - probably 4 tons too - but I rarely have to use it. I haul it around primarily for use when I need two jacks. For example, a coupla years ago I had to change out a trailer axle while on the road - burned up a wheel bearing which ruined the axle. Without both those jacks with me, I probably couldn't have got it done.
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i have one of those wedge blocks that you can drive one tire up on for a light trailer. if the trailer is too heavy it just smashes your one good tire. i also carry a four way wrench and make sure it fits whatever trailer i am pulling. i also carry a 20 ton bottle jack cause sometimes i carry a lot of weight.
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Re: changing flat on travel trailer

Yea for trailers with dual axles, driving the other axle up onto a block takes most or all the weight off of the flat. I did that when I used to do motorhome tire changes. They make "special" plastic blocks for the job but leveling blocks or lumber work fine.

If the trailer has leveling jacks you can also use those to take some weight off of the axles.

Basically the goal is to just use your jack to pick up the axle, not the whole trailer or RV.
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Re: changing flat on travel trailer

I also carry a hyd floor jack when I have the trailer hooked up. The jack actually stays in the trailer along with a small pancake style air compressor. It's a race car trailer so I usually have everything I need in the event I get a flat.
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i used one of those wedges once and it didnt have enough lift to take the weight off of that axle. i was loaded very heavy. so i also had to put down the landing gear leg on that side and lift as much as possible to get it off. worked in a pinch but that wedge is not a good idea on a heavily loaded trailer. that is why i carry massive bottle jack now. they are cheap and small and get the job done better.
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I carry a wedge and a jack.....I have the wedge "securely" tied to the trailer frame with 3 of those big azz zip ties....

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Re: changing flat on travel trailer

Last time I went camping, I had a flat and just used the jack in my truck, the tire iron even worked with MM vs.SAE. That would not work for anything heavy though - I guess I don't get to far away from home with anything heavy.
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I carry a bottle jack. I works with anything you got on the road. The tire dont need to be that far off the ground to change. And since I carry 2x8's to aid in leveling the camper at some sites I would put it unedr the bottle jack to lift the axle on a soft ground. Floor jacks work well since they are lower to the ground and easier to pump and easier for a lot of other projects. But under any given situation and size of trailer youll find what works best for you.

Every camper carries tools with them. The more you go out the more you know what tools you need to carry with you to do repairs on the road to get you to a repair shop or off the road to a safe area and to do repairs on camper while camping if needed. I always try to carry tools that would be multi-use. What tools you will need is pretty basic............. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif[/img]
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Re: changing flat on travel trailer

Through dumb luck I figured out how to change a tire without a jack.

I use a 8x8 block cut a few inches higher than the axle at normal ride height.

I rest the block against the axle and pull forward. The block pickes up the axle. Being a big block it is very sturdy.
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Just make sure you have a spare, or that the spare you have with you is the right wheel for your trailer. Especially if you have a borrowed trailer. Ask me how I know! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]


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Ok I give, how do you know? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif[/img]
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Re: changing flat on travel trailer

Floor jack (which is so heavy I think about getting a big bottle jack each time I pick it up and put it in the back of the Excursion)

Deep inpact socket of the right size for the lug nuts, to get into the dish of the wheel

28" breaker bar / flex handle. (I used to use a standard 1/2 drive ratchet and the top handle of the floor jack as a cheater pipe, but Murphy's Law says the ratchet will fail on the side of the highway. It did work well, though.)

Good idea to take the lug nuts off at home on a new trailer and apply anti-sieze to the threads. And redo this every couple of years. If you are along the side of the highway changing a flat, you've got enough problems without a stuck lug nut.

AND, after changing the tire, remember to recheck lug nuts a little ways down the road!!!
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30-something years ago I was driving my parent's station wagon with the whole family, towing our neighbor's 16ft camping trailer, way overloaded with crap. Two hours outside of St. Louis, heading back to Texas, I had a blowout on the right side of trailer. Pulled onto shoulder and jacked up the trailer. Took the right wheel off. Pulled the spare out of its compartment, and lo and behold, it was a 5 hole rim. Wouldn't fit the 4 hole spindle on the trailer. we never bothered to check it before we left 2 weeks prior since the neighbor indicated that the trailer had a spare. Had to walk a few miles with the bad wheel to find a gas station that had a tire the correct size. Needless to say, that vacation should've been the premise for National Lampoon's Vacation movie.

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