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Old 02-14-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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E-Pro Spare Tire Access and Tire Issue

Hi,

We have owned our E-Pro 19FD trailer for a year and a half. I have never dropped the spare tire from under the trailer or had to deal with a tire change. (I've kind of dreaded the thought having to do it.)

We went out last week and had a nice camping trip, until I noticed tire was flat as we were getting ready to leave. The jacks/stabilizers hid the problem until the last minute.

Now, I had to change the tire!

I lowered the tire from underneath the trailer. This was a "royal pain" due to the location of the tire under the trailer behind the steps. It uses a pulley system to raise and lower it. You have to physically get under the trailer to unhook the tire.

I tried to loosen the wheels lug nuts. They had been over-torqued at the factory and initially were almost impossible to break loose.

Otherwise, jacking the trailer and replacing tire was not that difficult.

After getting home, I checked the tire and found no leaks except at the tire stem. The tire stem was loose. This caused the air leak.

I tightened the stem 4-5 turns to seat it and leak stopped.

Note: I've added air to the tires several times since we owned the trailer and have not had any significant leakage problems. After finding this, I checked the other tires and the stems were properly seated. I believe that this issue originated at the factory.

After mounting the original tire back on the wheel, I tried to pull the spare back into position. It was extremely difficult to do this as it took a lot of effort/muscle to slowly hoist it back into position.

Overall, I felt that this was more difficult that it needed to be.

I suggest:
  • Check your tire stems (cores?) and make certain they are tight.
  • Make sure to loosen and re-torque your lug nuts before you take it out the first time.
  • Have a good jack available (in this case I did).
  • Know how to access your spare tire the E-Pro/Geo Pro trailers.

Let me know if it is difficult to raise your spare as I may have defective pulley system. I would interested to know if anyone else has had to change a tire on this type of trailer. What was your experience like?
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:41 PM   #2
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Thanks for the tip! As soon as snow melts from driveway, I'll check mine. Maybe putting a floor jack beneath the spare to guide it as you crank it back up would help, if you are home. I kept a bottle jack from my old pickup which was junked to use for the RV, you jack it up on the axle, right? I have boards to raise height of jack if required.
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip! As soon as snow melts from driveway, I'll check mine. Maybe putting a floor jack beneath the spare to guide it as you crank it back up would help, if you are home. I kept a bottle jack from my old pickup which was junked to use for the RV, you jack it up on the axle, right? I have boards to raise height of jack if required.
Yes, like you, I keep boards to level the trailer if needed. The boards are useful for a tire change as well.

I thought about trying to prop the tire in some manner while raising it. I couldn't find anything that would be suitable for this.

I plan on getting a long socket extension to help ease the lifting in the future. Note the stabilizer crank will work to lower the tire. It was nearly worthless to raise the tire.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:30 PM   #4
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Where did you place the jack on the geo pro in order to lift the unit for tire changing.? I have not. Be able to locate any information in the Forest River packet.
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