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Posted: 03/02/21 12:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Was wondering if it was necessary to hitch up a fifth wheel trailer in order to change tires, or if it can be done while standing on the front landing legs.


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Posted: 03/02/21 12:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am pretty sure you will get answers why they / we do it either way..

I always hook up to the truck to do that type of work... far less chance of a catastrophic event happening.... And only take a few seconds to hook up


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I've done it both ways and saw no difference in the outcome. You either have two stable frame to ground connections on the front or you have the front sitting on the trucks suspension. Either way you are barely moving the trailer frame as the suspension will allow you to jack one wheel off the ground without lifting the other. You are not going to bend the frame doing that.


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I prefer to be hooked up, especially to raise both tires (one side). The landing legs are pretty solid, compared to the hitch, which is designed to tilt.

Another thought...you don't say, but are you lifting the tire by raising the axle an inch, or lifting the frame a bunch to change tires???

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I always hook up. I want the TV’s extra stability.


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If you have hydraulic jacks you from the all down bring the rear jacks so they will raise the rear of the trailer and thus wheels off the ground. Bring up only far enough so tire is off ground.

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2012Coleman wrote:

Was wondering if it was necessary to hitch up a fifth wheel trailer in order to change tires, or if it can be done while standing on the front landing legs.


I prefer to hook up my trailer and using a Camping World "Trailer Aide Plus" ramp. You just roll forward or backward up on the ramp on the tire that is ok. This will raise the flat tire enough to change it. The Trailer Aide Plus is very stable and will not allow the trailer to move. About $50 from Camping World.

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Posted: 03/02/21 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The trailer is much more solid sitting on the landing jacks. Less shake.
When I was on the road and had to change a ruined tire the truck/trailer wiggles big time when a semi blast by at 70-80 mph out on the road.
Thats why I bought (years ago) a 12t shorty Truckers Special HYD bottle jack. It slides under the axle tube next to the U bolt. The jack has a slip on axle tube cradle so no axle slipping of the jack when the bow wave blasts hits the truck/trailer.

Now if I'm servicing all the axles then I park the trailer on the concrete pad in front of the garage and un hook the truck. Gotta' have the truck to chase parts or a tire.


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Well never hitched to truck to do any work on the axles, tires, or suspension. I jack on the axle directly under the spring, to remove a single tire. When working on both tires or suspension I use 2X4’s to build cribbing under the frame to solidly support the 5er.


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2012Coleman wrote:

Was wondering if it was necessary to hitch up a fifth wheel trailer in order to change tires, or if it can be done while standing on the front landing legs.

If getting new tires I just tow it to the tire shop and have them deal with it.

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