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Posted: 12/27/20 06:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since we have a Class C on order, I am wondering if a flat tire can be changed without calling roadside assistance. With our prior Class A, I would not consider changing a tire by myself. However since the new coach has 16” wheels, I might be inclined to change the tire by myself. Is this easy to do or is it better to call roadside assistance. I can change car tires myself so is a class C more difficult.


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Posted: 12/27/20 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Always good to able to change your own tire IMO. Get the right equipment, practice in your driveway without the wind, rain, heat, cold, and traffic passing at 80 mph.


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Posted: 12/27/20 06:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can do it yourself.
You just need a bottle jack that would fit under the axles.
I have a 12 ton for mine.


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We can’t decide how large of a tire you’re capable of changing or how smart you are figuring out how to do it.
Seems this is a question best left to answer on your own by figuring it out and then doing it.


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It is beyond a PITA to change the back tires with a dually. Forget it! Call Good Sam and let the guy worry about it. It is good to have the spare he can use, since he probably won't have his own that fits for lugs or whatever.

It is the worst when it is the inner that is flat. Of course that will be the one that has a nail in it! [emoticon] BTDT.

Naturally, you have the spare on the back bumper under a bag with a nice shiny metal cover around the whole thing. Huge PITA to check if it has any air in it from time to time, so for sure it will be flat too once you manage to get it out of there (in the rain of course).

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Posted: 12/27/20 07:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sometimes getting help is easier than getting parts and tools. If you carry a spare and the tools for the job it will be easier for you to get back rolling sooner than later. In good conditions you might do it yourself and if conditions are bad you can always call for service.


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Changing a 16" tire is certainly doable for normal people, though they are a bit on the heavy side. The lug nuts on the E450 are torqued to around 140 ft-lbs (I think the exact value may have varied over the years), fairly tight but not at all beyond what can be done up and undone using e.g. a 2' breaker bar.

Compared to my Honda Fit, my motorhome is most definitely harder to change a tire on. Compared to a diesel pusher with 22.5" wheels, it's a piece of cake. Whether or not you would prefer to call roadside assistance of course depends on your own abilities and the situation you're in and such like. Having the option of doing it yourself is very nice indeed, if only because there are places where getting ahold of roadside assistance is iffy at best.





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I added a remote pump to my hydrulic jack so I don't have to lay under our mh while jacking it up to change a tire.
I also bought a 20 volt 1/2" impack dril motor for removing the lug nuts. I've always been able to get them off but time is catching with me, I turned to 79 a couple of months ago.
When I bought it I hopped I would never neet to use it, but I used it to repair my zero turn lawn mower this summer. Had to take the pulley off the pump and there was no way I could hold it from turning.

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Texas,

My coach has 16" wheels and E-rated tires. They weigh about 80# each. If needed, I do have the jack and wrench to change one out.

I will suggest that you carry that essential kit if you plan to travel other than the blue roads. Thrice I have had to deal with a tire on the road. Of those times, twice the road service truck did not have either a jack that could get under (out coach is very low) or a wrench that could deal with the lugnuts. As I did have both, we were able to effect the required service and go on our way.

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A lot of the worthwhile places in the West are remote and help is not an option. Carry the right equipment in case you need it. Make sure your tires are in good shape. ON a MH replace them every 5 years or less no matter how much tread they have.

* This post was edited 12/29/20 09:48am by ppine *

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