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Chase_Fair

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Posted: 07/19/12 11:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have been figuring out how I should equip myself for a flat in the toyhauler. Should I get the 12 ton bottle jack or should I get one of the drive onto jacks? What do you use for a loaded hauler? The max my trailer will ever weigh is 12K or less.


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I have a 2 ton bottle jack that I use under the spring plate to lift the tire off the ground. The drive on device works well and is probably safer. But in the 16 years I've had this 5th wheel, I have only had two tire problems on the road. The bottle jack worked fine.

At home I use a 3 ton floor jack and jack stands when I need to remove a tire.

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the "drive on" style are much more stable and safer.


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A properly rated bottle jack (even better 2) work fine. I also use a block of wood or two as needed, then lift at the axle where the shackles/ubolts are. You have to make sure the jack contact point is not directly on the axle housing or it could bend/cause damage. A small piece of wood between the ubolts and jack works for me.


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It also depends on where you flat. If you're boondocking and you flat in the dirt/sand, dig a hole under the flat and drive the good tire up onto leveling blocks.


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Posted: 07/19/12 12:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might want to do a dry run before you get in the middle of now where and find a surprize.

* This post was edited 03/10/13 11:01pm by path1 *


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path1 wrote:

You might want to do a dry run before you get in the middle of now where and find a surprize.
1. I found out (the hard way) that my lug nuts were differant size than my tow rig. Lucky for us a guy near by had a the right size.

2. Found out my bottle jack just barley fits under jack point.
And I thought I would have a ton of room.

Have had 2 flats (no blow outs) over the years in a small trailer. Being able to change your own tire is very important IMO.


I have to agree with you on that Here in alaska Help can be a day away.

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I have a bottle jack and a scissor jack, I ran into a problem and the bottle jack would not fit under the axel safely so I lifted it by the frame and got the old tire off, but a little shy of getting the new tire on, so the scissor jack made things easy by lifting the axel a little.
I also used the scissor jack and a few blocks of wood to level the trailer once, I mangled a stabilizer jack crossing a rut on a very rough dirt road, so it has come in handy twice. No need for an expensive scissor jack since it will be lifting minimal weight, a visit to a junk yard and many "overseas" cars have one. The one I have has a hex head on the crank so my electric impact wrench works just fine. I have 3 sockets for the impact wrench and a Star wrench as well so I am covered pretty well.
Hoping my tire problems are behing Us now !!


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I have a triple axle, i blew out a middle tire last year. I used my "lego" style leveler blocks under the good tires and drove up on the blocks then took my bottle jack out and put it under the axle to lift it to the point it would clear.


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All you need is a Trailer-Aid!

Excerpt from website:

"Trailer-Aid is constructed of a strong, high-tech polymer
The Trailer-Aid saves you from having to unload your animals when changing a flat tire on a tandem-axle trailer. It also allows you to fix a flat by yourself, without a traditional tire jack. Just loosen the lug nuts and then drive the good tire on the same side up on the stand. Replace the flat tire, drive off the stand and tighten the lug nuts.
It has steel bolts underneath that hold it on hard surfaces, and "teeth" that hold it on soft surfaces. Made of a strong, rust proof polymer, it is waterproof & rustproof.

Trailer-Aid is constructed of a strong, high-tech polymer

The Trailer-Aid saves you from having to unload your animals when changing a flat tire on a tandem-axle trailer. It also allows you to fix a flat by yourself, without a traditional tire jack. Just loosen the lug nuts and then drive the good tire on the same side up on the stand. Replace the flat tire, drive off the stand and tighten the lug nuts.

It has steel bolts underneath that hold it on hard surfaces, and "teeth" that hold it on soft surfaces. Made of a strong, rust proof polymer, it is waterproof & rustproof.

Trailer-Aid has a 15,000 lb. capacity, with the trailer loaded.......*Call for larger size, if needed (lifts 1 inch higher off the ground)."



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