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Old 04-02-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Preparing for the inevitable

We are about to leave on a 30+ day trip in our new chaparral 29bhs 5th wheel. At some point, either on this trip or another, I'm certain I will need to change a tire. Any suggestions on what type of jack I should purchase and the appropriate jack point on the chaparrals (I haven't called coachman yet)?

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Old 04-02-2015, 04:58 PM   #2
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Buy a Rapid Jack or something like it, no jack points to worry about.

https://www.google.com/#q=+Rapid+Jack+
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:08 PM   #3
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Why not just replace the tires with a major brand LR D before you go and buy the Anderson Rapid Jack also? OEM tires might cause you some camper damage.
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:56 PM   #4
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Blow Outs

Rapid jack good idea but I also carry 20 ton bottle jack in case a little more height is needed. If you have china bombs replace them. We had $6000.00 damage from 2 blow outs. Click image for larger version

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These "china bomb" stories are so scary.

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Old 04-02-2015, 07:05 PM   #6
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I call them Trail Exploders, not Trail Express.
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Old 04-02-2015, 07:19 PM   #7
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Weigh your new rig carefully, balance your load, keep your speed 62 mph or under, tires inflated to max or in compliance with your known load, a spare fully pressured and pray. Check those tires at every stop for heat or deformity. Don't want to discourage you but many if not most factory tires are known junk and can give at any moment. They usually don't have margin for temporary "stress conditions". You may be okay if brand new but there are plenty of premature tire failures occurring on factory tires, then again?????. I would not personally risk a 30 day trip knowing what I have been through and still following all the guidelines above. If you are concerned get a TPMS to help you monitor. The flat tire is not the bigger issue....it's the collateral damage potential that stinks. Upgraded premium tires are your best insurance! Wish I could take a 30 day trip. Have a blast and enjoy that new rig!
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:27 PM   #8
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Preparing for the inevitable

Thanks for the responses. I purchased the tire traker tpms and going to order a rapid jack tonight. Looks like I'm going to replace the tires as well. I've heard nothing but horror stories regarding the factory tires.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:54 PM   #9
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Sure regret the extra expense, seems unfair to us purchasers of new vehicles. I share your concern and frustration.....I did not even get through first 2 k miles without my first tire problem. 700 of that was the unloaded drive home after purchase. Geez. I can say, however, FR did send me two more Trail Exploders to replace the defective ones. I decided after further thought to replace all 4 with a better quality and thicker sidewall About to pull the trigger when it gets out of the dealer for warranty work. Have fun! Best wishes on your trip. Btw I just picked up a 6 sensor system by TST for 153.99. I called TST Monday and they matched RV Wholesalers price plus programmed and extended the warranty to six years. They will compete against their own vendors prices. I saw the four sensor system for 229. Arrived yesterday. Fantastic company and product

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Oops. I meant 3 years on the warranty for that TPMS
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