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Fleetwood E4

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Posted: 02/29/12 09:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Upgraded from a Hybird Travel trailer to a 2012 Jayco GrayHawk FS.
The Jayco did'nt come with a spare tire or jack whitch i am getting before our first trip. What i would like to know is do you have to jack up both front and back tires evenly before you remove a tire from the RV in case you have a flat tire.Or do you change the tire the same way you do a car or truck. I saw this on a how to site.
I was not sure if this was true.

Please help.

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If it's a 2012 you should have the Ford owners manual for your chassis, see what it says. I had a Greyhawk and don't remember ever seeing that info. I'll bet you just jack up each tire just like a car, making sure you use the lift points that Ford recommends.


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Changing a tire on a 14,000lb+ vehicle should not be done on the roadside by a non-professional who does it every day and have the right gear and know what not to do.

Simple things like knowing the strength of the soil and what weight it can take before the jack sinks into the mud, and what to put underneath to spread the weight and how.

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we've suffered a blow out on our rig and all recommendations were to use your insurance/rv roadside assistance and get professional help. those things aren't your normal car or truck and tons more weight. let those who do that do that; use the roadside plan you purchase. it is SOOOOOOO worth it!


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As above, you need physical strength to get the heavy spare out of the vehicle, a heavy duty jack, heavy duty lug nut wrench with extension. You also need to safety techniques as mentioned above. Not advisable for most owners in many emergency situations. Not easy in your own driveway.

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Mine came with a Spare, but no jack. I would never even consider doing this myself. That's why I have road service. I do however carry an air compressor. Used it several times on the road but not on mine. Always someone else's. This also makes tire maintenance much easier. Most gas stations can't inflate to 80 lbs that the rears need.


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Posted: 02/29/12 01:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO, a Class C owner should ALWAYS have a spare tire along, a heavy duty (10-12 ton) bottle jack along, a large long handled lug wrench along, some pieces of lumber along, a full size shovel along, and a heavy duty high pressure compressor (110V operated by the built-in generator) along.

What if you can't get out with your cell phone for road service and any other vehicles that might come along are few and far between ... or worse, practically non-existent?

Having the capability in your rig of changing a flat regardless of the vehicle's weight is always a good Plan B. We try to be ready with our Class C in case this situation should ever arise. We also have a long range cell tower access system on board to increase our chances of reaching a road service vehicle.


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pnichols wrote:

IMHO, a Class C owner should ALWAYS have a spare tire along, a heavy duty (10-12 ton) bottle jack along, a large long handled lug wrench along, some pieces of lumber along, a full size shovel along, and a heavy duty high pressure compressor (110V operated by the built-in generator) along.

What if you can't get out with your cell phone for road service and any other vehicles that might come along are few and far between ... or worse, practically non-existent?

Having the capability in your rig of changing a flat regardless of the vehicle's weight is always a good Plan B. We try to be ready with our Class C in case this situation should ever arise. We also have a long range cell tower access system on board to increase our chances of reaching a road service vehicle.


I have ERS too but keep all the stuff to change a wheel and inflate tires on board just in case.


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pnichols wrote:

IMHO, a Class C owner should ALWAYS have a spare tire along, a heavy duty (10-12 ton) bottle jack along, a large long handled lug wrench along, some pieces of lumber along, a full size shovel along, and a heavy duty high pressure compressor (110V operated by the built-in generator) along.

What if you can't get out with your cell phone for road service and any other vehicles that might come along are few and far between ... or worse, practically non-existent?

Having the capability in your rig of changing a flat regardless of the vehicle's weight is always a good Plan B. We try to be ready with our Class C in case this situation should ever arise. We also have a long range cell tower access system on board to increase our chances of reaching a road service vehicle.


As always, it is your personal preference to carry whatever gear you want. In my case, the above equipment is way too heavy and takes up too much space. Don't think I would even think about changing the tire myself on the side of the highway. Then again, I don't take my MH into the wilderness - if I did, that might change my thinking.

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I have a 2010 Grayhawk and the spare is beneath the back end. There is
a cover on the outside (drivers side) where the spare is "cranked down".
I would not attempt to change a tire anyway. Get road-side assistance
coverage and carry a cell phone. I believe Jayco and Ford have rfoad-side assistance for two years (included).
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