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Old 11-11-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Changing flat tires on 5th wheel

I bought the Trailer Aide last year after I had a heck of time lifting my 5th wheel Toyhauler with Jack I had. Talking with people I got the trailer aide and never used it till yesterday when I was going to repack bearings on my double axle 2009 Cedar Creek. I got the trailer aide out of box and pulled the campers front wheel onto trailer aide. The back tire was not off ground. I pulled off and put it on cement thinking the trailer aide sunk in the grass a little. Same thing happened the front wheel on trailer aide and back wheel was still not off ground. Called Camco Mfg in NC and they told me that the newer trailers suspension is different and the trailer aide will not work with the newer suspensions. Anyone come across the same problem? Also is there anything out there that works on these newer suspensions like the trailer aide works? Hate using jacks if I don't have to. Any help would be appreciated. Thx


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Old 11-11-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Bryan, I don't think you will find much out there. The Trailer Aide is a novel idea, but I don't think you can get the height you will need as when the one axle goes up the other goes down. So, sorry to say, I think you will need a hydraulic jack and some jack stands. I use a 6 ton and two jack stands.

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Old 11-11-2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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A decent hydraulic jack and a jack stand is probably your best solution.

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Old 11-12-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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I have used a Trailer Aid twice on two different 5ers one was built in 07 and the other was in 2010. I have found that I need to use a 2X6 under the Trailer Aid to help in raising the 5er up higher than the Trailer Aid will do. I also will then place a 3 ton bottle jack under the tire that needs to be changed to lift the axle up. I do this to prevent the axle from supporting the entire trailer weight. The axle is not designed to support the entire trailer weight as it is lifted in the air to remove a tire.

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Old 11-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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The trailer aid has never worked on many trailer suspensions.
It won't work with a torsion suspension according to those that have tried one.

It also as the OP won't work on many std leaf spring suspensions with a equalizer bar.

Depends on gap between the axle centers and the length of equalizer bar used.

Best bet is do a dry run at home and see what works and what didn't work as advertised.

I've worn out over a dozen GN flatdeck equipment trailers on the road with 3500 lb on up to 10k lb axles with leaf spring suspensions. I've jacked many a trailer on the side of the road or on the worksite in the mud or a paved loading yard with a 12 ton hydraulic shorty bottle jack under the axle tubes next to the U bolts. Nothing gets bent or crushed as some folks think.

Now if we placed a jack away from the U bolt towards the center of the trailer then a bent axle tube has happened. I've re bowed (more camber) several axles back to specs this way.
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pull the good wheel onto a set of levelers/blocks to take some of the weight off of the other axle. You don't need to raise the axle you want to work on totally off the ground. Use a bottle jack (I have a 12 ton I got from Tractor Supply) to jack the wheel you are working on off the ground. Then reverse the procedure for the other axle.
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A good hydraulic bottle jack is all I use. You need a 12 to a 20 ton jack. The 3, 4,5, or 6 ton jacks just won't work very well.

If your axles are below the springs, you will need a C section perch to put on top of the jack and reach around the axle tube and lift by the springs. The axle can deform as it was not meant to support that much weight on a single spot.

But for a quick road side tire change, pull the good tire up on a couple of 2 x 8" boards to lift the flat tire.

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Years ago someone gave me a ramp gizmo that they had purchased for this purpose and never used - I think they were moving to a MH. I've used it twice (thanks and good riddance, Goodyear G614 RSTs ) alongside Interstates, and it has been, perhaps literally, a life-saver!


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