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Posted: 12/28/20 10:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the advice. Seems the best advice is to have a spare and the tools required to change a spare and decide whether to do it by yourself based on the situation.


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Posted: 12/28/20 12:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A good breaker bar with correct size six point socket, a three to four foot cheater bar to slide over breaker bar, an extension to get to rear lug nuts, somewhere around 12 inch, a good bottle jack rated for about 150 percent of weight of rear corner of a rig's rear axle. Good idea to have chocks for rig to prevent any rolling.
I had to change tire on my Class A due to no road service available. That was when I was younger! Not sure if I want to do it on the road now!


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Just found on Amazon a tire change tool kit for $179. It includes electric jack, air compressor, and a electric impact wrench. Sorry, couldn’t figure out to put link on post.
Does anyone have this kit and would it work with a class C. Thanks

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Posted: 12/28/20 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it is like this, forget it! It is for cars!

Tire change tool kit
You can get nearly everything you need for a lot less at Harbor Freight.
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Breaker bar
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enblethen wrote:

Good idea to have chocks for rig to prevent any rolling.


For some years of the Ford chassis, it's more than a good idea; it's pretty much mandatory. Specifically, some (older) chassis have a driveshaft mounted parking/emergency brake, rather than applying wheel brakes. With such a chassis, once one rear wheel is raised off the ground, there is no parking brake effectiveness at all; the non-raised wheel can turn one way while the raised one turns the opposite direction, due to the differential, without the driveshaft turning.

In any case, I personally consider chocks mandatory for jacking a motorhome wheel regardless of the chassis and levelness of the ground.





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That is the tool kit I was looking at. Since that will not work, it looks like a trip to Harbor Freight is in order.

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Posted: 12/28/20 04:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Make sure you take a lug nut to get the correct size!
If you have wheel covers or hub caps, look to see how they attach as you may need another tool.
Don't forget cheater bar from hardware store!

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On my to buy list is a breaker bar, extension, socket and jack. I have a 1/2 electric rattle wrench but I doubt it would crack the wheel nuts.

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Get a couple of the rubber wheel chocks if you don't have any, too. The $7.99 list price ones are perfectly sufficient.

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I am 62 years old, not significantly overweight, but was never blessed with Conan-like physical characteristics. I have had the front wheels off my Ford E350 chassis motor home just this past summer to change the front springs to softer-rated ones. I am happy to report that I can handle a wheel by myself with no concerns.

A 6-ton bottle jack and tire iron are the two basic items required to lift any corner. A higher-rated bottle jack will be much heavier and much harder to handle so I don't recommend the over-kill.

Our spare tire is stored chest high and I am able to get it up and down myself, but I can see that my days are numbered in that regard. I can see resorting to a camping neighbor one day if I ever had a flat to deal with.

I maintain the full 80psi in the spare tire, then plan to let out the right amount of air pending the location it is mounted.


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