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Old 08-08-2014, 06:17 AM   #1
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Changing trailer tire

Experinced my first flat tire, fortunately close to home. My 1.5 ton jack was hardly enough to lift the trailer, so i ramped it up by driving on some 2x6's along w the jack. Whats a prefeable method to jack up the trailer. Stronger jack? Trailer aid?

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Old 08-08-2014, 07:04 AM   #2
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Depending on your type of suspension, there is many choices. I use 12 ton jack as in post #2 in following link.

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Old 08-08-2014, 07:31 AM   #3
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I use a 12 ton bottle jack. Bought it at Lowes for about $30. Some will argue about the placement of a jack. Nobody really seems to know. I've seen RV service centers jack up on the end of the axle tube close to the wheel. That is where I've placed mine as well to change flats and service the brakes/wheel bearings. Always try to use a jack stand for extra safety. I used the Trailer Aid once and after getting the camper up on it, there was a serious lean. It to me didn't look safe.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
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I have a 20 ton bottle jack I put between the trailer wheels and then put a 2x2 up on the frame and the jack come up on it. I have a 20 ton because I got it on sale for abt 30 bux.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:08 AM   #5
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Soonersalt, if I'm on the road and have a tire failure I want to get it changed and back on the road as soon as possible (and out of harms way if I'm on the side of the road). So, I don't see an issue with pulling the good tire/axle up on blocks which will, most of the time, lift the failed tire off the ground enough to change it. When I changed mine, I had everything ready (lug nuts loose, replacement tire on the ground next to the failed tire) then pulled up on the blocks. It only took a couple of minutes to get the tire off and good one on. Then I immediatly pulled off the blocks to get the weight off the good tire/axle. If I'm working on it at home, I'll use a bottle jack and blocks depending on how long I'm gonna keep it jacked up and what I'm doing.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:30 AM   #6
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I asked forrest river about the ramps you can buy to drive the good tire up on and change the bad one and they said it was no problem, so I bought one. Hope I never use it.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:44 AM   #7
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Fastest option IMO.

Andersen 3620-S Rapid Jack- Leveler, Tire Jack and Block for your trailer jack
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:58 AM   #8
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My ultralite trailer weighs 4050 at the axles.
It has dual 3500 lb axles.
A measly 3" (that's a 2 by and a 1 by- not a full 3") of lift with blocks under the good tire will raise the flat
off the ground enough to get an inflated spare on the lugs.
Don't forget to loosen lug nuts B4 pulling up on the blocks and tighten then
after pulling off the blocks.
I've got a 4 way lug wrench laying in the floor in the back seat area of
my truck.
Getting the factory jack out of my truck is a PIA and putting it all back
in that little package is even more so. I don't wanna ever take it out
but it's there if needed.
As mentioned- heavier trailers might require other means such as HD jacks.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:35 AM   #9
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So what is torsion suspension. Simple terms please. I have two axles on springs but their is a pivot mechanism between the two axles, so when i raise good tire on a ramp, the flat tire doesnt nececssarily go up with it. I still had to jack that up to get the wheel up
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