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Old 07-16-2015, 01:35 PM   #21
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Great discussion here. What method does FR, or Dexter or the frame manufacturer recommend for jacking a TT with torsion axles to replace tires?
I haven't been able to find that. I jack mine at the point where the axle assembly attaches to the frame, with a block between the jack and the axle mount. So far... so good...
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:36 PM   #22
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That is a LOT of trailer to (JACK UP) and Remove (2) Tires at one time! For (Safety) jacking and placing (cribbage/jack stands) is a issue as well as you should be hooked to the TV with the A frame jack retracted! Then you will need another TV to take the (2) tires for replacement! Youroo!!
I am with Youroo on this. I would not jack up my 5th Wheel on the landing gear, I am afraid of the legs snapping with all of that weight.
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:37 PM   #23
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On my previous TT, I bought tires from Tire Rack and arranged to have them installed by a local TireRack authorized tire store. The tire store said "sure, no problem!). It wasn't until some time later that I noticed the straps holding the lower body panels to the frame were bent/broken. The panel was also bent. Obviously they didn't have the right lift system, or didn't take the care required to do the job right. They did tell me, however, that they would no longer change tires on TT's. I'd either do it myself, or find a REAL truck tire center. I had to have all 4 tires replaced at the same time a few years ago (2 of them blew, sidewall goiters on the others). Total time to replace all 4 tires: 30 minutes.
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:38 PM   #24
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I'd save myself the aggravation and grief. Bring them just the wheels and tires and have them change them out and balance them. Also, while they're off, repack the bearings with a quality wheel bearing grease.
But that's me. I enjoy the work.
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #25
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Marathons are another blow up prone Chinese made tires. If you really want a good tire, go Maxxis.
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:41 PM   #26
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Walmart must have changed their rules. Last fall we met another couple at a campground in Kentucky. We traveled with them to Niagara Falls. He blew two tires on the way. This was on Sunday,so he went to Walmart. They would mount them on the wheel, but he had to put them on the trailer. This was at two different Walmarts.
I had a similar situation several years ago, at a SAMs club. They wouldn't remove from the trailer. I was already there, so I jacked it up, near their bay door, took the wheel off rolled it in. They mounted & balanced & bought it out to me. Did the next one, etc.
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Had a bearing problem, used a bottle jack behind the tire on the frame to make repairs. The 5r was in the air for hours while I emery-clothed the spindle, replaced the brakes, backing plate, and bearings. I'm thinking leaving it up while Wall*Mart replaced tires wouldn't have matter...
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I am with Youroo on this. I would not jack up my 5th Wheel on the landing gear, I am afraid of the legs snapping with all of that weight.
The trailer on 4 jack stands and the landing gear doesn't put anymore wt on the landing gear than sitting on 4 tires and the landing gear.
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Old 07-16-2015, 02:39 PM   #29
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The trailer on 4 jack stands and the landing gear doesn't put anymore wt on the landing gear than sitting on 4 tires and the landing gear.
If you have to jack up the side really high due to unlevel ground I was perched on only one landing gear. I opted to drop it on the truck. The Gear is near full extension and on 8 inch blocks, driveway is on a slop. Just my circumstance.
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Old 07-16-2015, 03:01 PM   #30
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Since the OP has a bumper pull talking about a fifth wheel has no relevance.
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