Originally Posted by Eddy G
With my 6600 lb travel travel, what do I need to be perpared for flat tire, as in who to call, or what kind of jack and or equipment needed, I have tandem axels. Thanks for any advice I can receive.
Understand that at some point you will have a flat.....
Always check your tires for correct air pressure,wear, bulging, cracks or dry rotting.
Have a good spare and check the air pressure before leaving on a trip. (I now have two spares, as I will not drive with out one anymore. The last several years, when one of tires have blown and I only had one spare, I would find the nearest Wally world to get the spare fixed and that takes an hour or so of more time that I can be on the road. My old camper, if one tire went flat, the good tire would pivot up and literally rub the inside fender well. Hence... two spares instead of one.)
Make sure that YOU
have the correct socket and ratchet to take the tire off. My wheels need a narrow walled socket... a standard 4-way will not work if you need a narrow walled lug nut remover. Do not assume that AAA or what ever road service that you may use will have the correct lug wrench/socket.
With duel axles you can build a wooden pyramid of 2x6s to use with the good tire to get the flat axle high enough off of the ground to change the tire (safety first and always) A lift ramp can be bought at Camping World etc, but I use the boards as leveling boards at the campground. Loosen the flat tires lugs when it is still on the ground, if it is up in the air, the tire will spin and you will not get it off.
When the unit is up in the air put on your brakes and keep everyone out of traffic and away from the camper. Do not ever put anything under the raised axle...no hands, feet, blocks or jacks under the raised axle ever. Any forced movement of that axle could shift forward, backward or sideways and cause the good wheel to come off of the pyramid ramp. If you need to get the flat axle higher slowly drive off (forward or backward, which ever is safer) and add another board to the pyramid. The height boards should be made and laid out and practiced before you ever go on a trip.
Put lugs on as tight as you can when up in the air and slowly drive off and re tighten. If you have a torque wench that will work use it (I think it is 110in pounds, but you should double check to make sure) After you have driven for about 25 miles recheck and re torque for any loose lugs.
There are different ways for different people to change their tires and this is the way I do it. I do have AAA, but will not 'call' them unless I am really having problems that I can not handle