Took the LaCrosse 303 out for the maiden trip and had a small mishap. While at the fresh water station, I was moving the trailer up to the fill hose position and accidently clipped a wooden curb with the trailer wheel, puncturing the side wall. A loud bang was heard http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ies/crying.gif
and to my chagrin the tire was flat (but only on the bottomhttp://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif) and un-repairable.
Naturally it was raining, and getting dark fast but fortunately I was carrying a "small" (very small) floor jack and a 4 way lug wrench. It was difficult to get the tire up off the ground but I was successful and put the spare tire to better use than that of a rear bumper ornament.http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...s/thumbsup.gif
Once the trailer was setup at the site, I then drove home (about 90 miles) to purchase a replacement tire and get a good night sleep.
I now have some questions for the forum members and if RVguy
has trailer specific answers for this particular model RV please fire away.
• In the above scenario, is a bottle jack the best tool for jacking up the trailer of this weight, approximately 7,500 lbs?
• Is there a recommended jack (model/style) that I should be using? (particular to Lacrosse 303?
• Is positioning the jack under the axel of the flat tire the right location for lifting the trailer?
• Do I need a torque wrench for the lug nuts?
We expected being newbie's to camping with a travel trailer that our fist trip would be a learning experience, but this was almost an overload. With exception of the flat tire (in the rain), our first trip could only be rated as "first class". We were the only "Prime Time" unit at the campground, no one knew what Primetime offers and I must admit that we had many visitors who wanted to "check it out", all were impressed. It was like an open house event.
This first camping experience was a boondocking one, no water or electric, but we did have a portable generator. Our next excursion will be mid May at a private campground that has water and electric, I'll let everyone know how the 2nd camp experience works out. Pictures will be taken and posted.
Being a newbie, I'm looking forward to any advice that the forum can share.
Mr and Mrs Rustymax