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DGrissom 02-14-2019 03:32 PM

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?

NJKris 02-14-2019 03:41 PM

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.

DGrissom 02-15-2019 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NJKris (Post 2025492)
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.

madhuji 05-22-2019 06:30 PM

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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