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Old 11-29-2010, 08:41 PM   #1
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Changing a flat tire


If I have a flat tire on my Rockwood 2304S with the AL KO axels is it ok to pull the good tire up on a ramp to remove and replace the flat tire? This seems like an easy way to get the job done and not have to worry about where to place the jack.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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I did yesterday on my 2011 rockwood 2702ss no problems..... other then having to replace a brand new tire due to a screw to close to the side wall.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:09 AM   #3
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I suggest using one of these, it is lite weight and it is all you have to carry the cost is about $50.00 buck and i believe it is one of the safest ways to change a tire on a TT.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:40 AM   #4
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My biggest issue with those is that it is a two person job; driver and spotter.

Not only that but you need quite a bit of power to get the camper "up" and then you have to stop dead at exactly the right instant to have the wheel high enough to put the inflated tire on while guaging the height with the flat (or destroyed) one.

If you go too far you are going to drop the entire camper on that dohickey. Something is going to break for sure if you do. Remember that one wheel is carrying double its max rated load (on a tandem).

I have used a bottle jack with success changing a tire on the Washignton DC beltway. As luck would have it (if you can say that) I found a wide shoulder to pull into and the guard rail side was the flat.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:31 AM   #5
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When I'm in the process of leveling my trailer on a camp site I usually stack planks on the low side.
At times the first tire raises up enough to lift the 2nd tire off the
ground momentarily. If I had a flat I'd definitely use planks
under the good tire to get enough lift to change the flat.
Yes I have a jack but planks are safer IMO and easier. This is not
for long term.

If you've ever watched someone pulling in/out of a gas
station or campsite with a curb or big dip you will often see
one tire suspended in air at some point. Why not use that
to make changing a flat as easy as possible. Don't forget
to loosen lug nuts while the flat is on the ground and TIGHTEN them when done the same way.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:40 AM   #6
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I make a ramp out of lego blocks. The ramp slopes up and down in case I overshoot. It's not to difficult to do this alone, I have done it to see if I could. So far I have not had to do this for real. With the ramp the TT weight is being supported by 3 tires. If I use a jack the TT is being supported by 2 tires since I have to jack under the frame. My owners manual says not to jack under the axels. There are many ways to do this just be safe.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:42 AM   #7
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Planks are also a good idea and I have a milk crate full of 1 foot long 2x10 PT wood pieces for leveling. The problem I have with the planks is the same with the widget. If you don't drive up far enough the new wheel won't clear. Too far and you drive off the end and crash.
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Crash is a bit harsh..... I can lift a wheel with just 2 planks under
a tire. If I go off the other side it's not a big deal.
We've discovered that my wife gives lousy directions but follows
backing, parking directions perfectly.
I normally drive to our destination and get close to parking,
we swap and she drives while I stand beside
the rig and give specific directions.
It works great for us.
This includes backing or pulling onto or off of leveling planks.
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I make a ramp out of Lego blocks. The ramp slopes up and down in case I overshoot. It's not to difficult to do this alone, I have done it to see if I could. So far I have not had to do this for real. With the ramp the TT weight is being supported by 3 tires. If I use a jack the TT is being supported by 2 tires since I have to jack under the frame. My owners manual says not to jack under the axles. There are many ways to do this just be safe.
I am not sure the ramp idea with Lego blocks would actually work to change the tire on my rig. The wheels are very close together. Getting the flat up would not be the problem. Getting the inflated new one on might require taking the ramp apart. Easy to do with wood sections; almost impossible to do with Lego blocks.

I also see your point about using a jack on the axle. The fear here is bending the axle by putting 1/2 the weight of the camper on a single spot on the axle.

Placement as close as possible to directly under the frame attachments should allow clearance to switch out the tire while avoiding axle damage. Carrying a short piece of steel square channel placed between the bottle jack and the axle should also spread the load out over a wider area. Of course you should always have a plate under the jack to keep it from sinking into the macadam during the change out.

These are all emergency procedures. If you have the option for AAA then by all means call them and have a coffee while you wait!

While it is true that with 3 tires in contact the ground 1/3 of the camper weight is on each tire (vice 1/4 with all 4 in contact); with a jack under the frame, the jack is carrying 1/2 of the camper load and the opposite tires are carrying their normal 1/4 load.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:04 PM   #10
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Question, when replacing a flat in my car or truck, I loosen the lugs nuts prior to lifting. Same for a TT with a flat? I guess yes, but just asking.
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