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Old 01-22-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Flat Tire

Just bought my first TT - a 23' Flagstaff and I have a question.

As I was extending my leveling jacks I notices a warning decal that says "do not use leveling jacks to lift tires off of ground".

My question is, if I get a flat, how do I jack up the trailer?

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Old 01-22-2011, 01:58 PM   #2
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Just bought my first TT - a 23' Flagstaff and I have a question.

As I was extending my leveling jacks I notices a warning decal that says "do not use leveling jacks to lift tires off of ground".

My question is, if I get a flat, how do I jack up the trailer?

Thanks for responding!
Use your tow vehicles jack. The one if you have flat tire on your truck or van or car.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:32 PM   #3
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In my 5th wheel the rear stabilizers are rated for 2000 pounds. If you deploy your stabilizers and then try to do a final level by lifting the front of the camper with the landing gear rated at 6000 pounds you will crush the rear stabilizers. Don't ask how I know.
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As they say learn from others mistakes.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:59 PM   #5
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the sad part is some of us have to learn on our own even after being forewarned LOL

You could also carry a bottle jack or floor jack like I do in my truck Tool box and have a flat piece of wood to lay the jack on as well to change the tire
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:22 PM   #6
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I carry this with me, some people don't like them because it takes two people one to back up or move forward and the second person needs to tell you when to stop. I have used it one time and that was in my driveway when i had to replace an axle on the camper.
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I have not had a flat on the TT. But, just to see if I could I made a ramp of the lego leveling blocks and pulled one tire up on it, the tire on the other axle was raised off the ground. It took a stack of blocks 5 thick to do this. A tire could be changed using this method. Your TV jack would also work. I also carry a bottle jack.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:40 PM   #8
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the first thing i looked for was the jack and tire tool. they didn't supply one. dealer said use road service.... i bought a jack and a tire tool and keep it in the trailer. the jack is rated 6 tons (i don't know if it will do it).
before u go anywhere, check and make sure u can get the lug nuts off. mine had those nice decrotave ones on it and my wrench was either a little too big or a little too small. the lug nuts have all been replaced. ur socket should be capable of going all the way to the bottom. the nut inside is a standard size (1/2" deep?). the decrotive part gives a false sense of security.
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I carry a 6 ton bottle jack; two 6 ton jack stands; and two wood 12x12 for a jack stand pads.

The only time I needed to change a flat was on asphalt and without the wood pads the jack stands would have sunk into the blacktop.

6 tons is 12,000 pounds and is plenty for (worst case 1/2 of a 16,000 pound camper).

Remember to jack on the FRAME and support the axles with the jack stands to change the tire. If the seal on the bottle jack should blow, the only thing between you and your maker will be those jack stands.

Oh, and PS: Break the torque on the lug nuts BEFORE you jack up the wheels. Trying to do this with the tire "in the air" is frustrating (wheel spins) and dangerous (you could rock the camper off the jack).

Torque to proper specs once the mounted tire is back on the ground for the same reasons.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:59 PM   #10
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I am a firm believer in jack stands - sometimes changing flats on the side of the road do not permit the use a jack stand though.
I like the idea of driving one wheel on to the 5 block and changing the tire that way - the only down fall I see to that is if the blocks sink in the dirt while changing it you may have an issue there.

Another idea that might work as well is to use a Hi Lift jack with the piece that lets you lift it by the rim and support the axle with a jack stand and then bring back down to change the tire - this would be a last resort if all else fails.
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