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Old 02-29-2016, 10:23 AM   #1
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Changing a Flat Tire On a Travel Trailer ?

I carry a lug wrench and a bottle jack when traveling in the event I need to use the spare tire. I know your not suppose to use the axle has a jacking point...So where is the correct jacking point to use the bottle jack ?

Or do most people use a trailer aid ? I can see where that may be an easier option.

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Old 02-29-2016, 10:32 AM   #2
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If you have torsion axles, using the axle is an absolutely "no no".

I don't and just jack in the axle as close to the U-bolts as possible.

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I would put mine on the frame. The pick up jack works OK so I don't carry a bottle jack any more. I did add a socket & torque wrench for the trailer lug nuts.
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I bought a stubby bottle jack it fits under the U-bolt, lifts high enough and I am real sure the U-bolt is not gonna bend.

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Just make sure the jack is short enought to get under jack'n point when tire is de-flated...
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:06 AM   #6
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I have both and first choice is trailer aid. Make sure you jack is ratted high enough to match the actual weight.
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:22 AM   #8
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I use a trailer aid.
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I bought a drive-on ramp after jacking my rig up in the Mojave Desert in '13. Not too expensive and way easier than jacking! I think that's what we're calling a Trailer Aid.
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I have both and first choice is trailer aid. Make sure you jack is ratted high enough to match the actual weight.
I have torsion axles so I would not use the jack on anything but the frame. However, if you have dual axles the way to go is with a Trailer Aid ramp. Very easy to store and use, not going to damage any axle or the frame. I would buy the Trailer Aid Plus as it is about 1" taller than the standard unit. BTW, be aware of any tire store or such that attempts to pick up your wheel with a floor jack. They will put it under the axle every time if you are not standing right there with them; they don't know about torsion axles.

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