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Old 06-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #15
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Cant you just drive on double 2x6 one one wheel
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:17 AM   #16
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[QUOTE="fishinjim;1606387"]Cant you just drive on double 2x6 on one wheel? that way the bad tire is off the ground?
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:46 AM   #17
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After returning home from a 2,000 mile trip and realizing I forgot to throw the bottle jack in the truck, I 'practiced' changing a flat tire with the blocking up one wheel method. Looks to me like I could get it up enough to pull the 'flat tire' off, but would still be well short of having enough clearance to get the new wheel on. So had I tried it on the road I would be jacked up a foot on one side with only one wheel and no way to fix the other, not good. Bottle jacks are cheap insurance.
Not to mention if the TV loses a rear tire, the stock stamped metal toy jack might be enough to lift an empty truck, but that's about as far as I'd trust it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:01 PM   #18
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They make a tire changer ramp , the good tire rolls in top of this and on the top gas a cradle for the tire , works great
Make sure you loosen the lug nuts before you use this
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:04 PM   #19
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I've towed equipment/flatdeck/RVs trailers since the late '50s mostly for hire. That means I was on the road 24/7 day or nite winter cold or summer heat.

I found the easiest and the least stress on the equipment was a old 12 ton stubby truckers special hyd bottle jack that slides easily under the axle tube next to the U bolt or the U bolt itself on a std leaf spring suspension trailer. Just a few pumps and the wheel is raised just enough to remove the flat and install the good wheel.
The jack has a 10" x 10" wide base for soft ground on the side of the road. I also welded a 4" long steel U channel to the jacks post. The axles tube sits in the channel so no worries about any slipping off the jack.

Whatever method you use make a dry run at home FIRST.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:46 AM   #20
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A good idea is TWO jacks.. One can be a bit smaller (If the trailer is unhooked from the tow vehicle you put it under the rear of the trailer.. For obvious reason)

For my motor home I picked up a handy dandy 12 ton Air/Hydraulic Jack-Jack from Harbor Freight.

It can be hand pumped just like any other bottle jack

Or I can feed compressed air to the jack pump from my portable compressor (It needs around 8-12 gallons to pick up the motor home) and the jack-pump (like a jack hammer) will pump it up right easy.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:43 AM   #21
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I am replacing the spare that has been on the ground for a few weeks. I had a little trouble the first time when I placed the jack under the frame and want to try your recommendations. Attached are a couple of pictures. Where would you place the jack?
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:29 AM   #23
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I'm leery of bottle jacks - they can slip much too easily unless you have the same kind of lifting cradle on top as a floor jack does. I would also use an axle stand to support the suspension before I took the wheel off.
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Instead of using a bottle jack, use the level pads, drive only one tandem wheel on the one side on it, there you go, wheel off the ground on other axle.
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Instead of using a bottle jack, use the level pads, drive only one tandem wheel on the one side on it, there you go, wheel off the ground on other axle.
I tried the trailer aid device but my wheels are too far apart. One wheel up on the ramp and the other sitting firmly on the ground.
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Instead of extending the screw thread and piston to their limits, I'd jack on a block of wood bridging the 2 U bolts under the axle at the spring. much shorter distance to raise and a jack stand to insure no problems if the jack moves.
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I agree. The screw extension does not seem very sturdy.

I am considering this kit.

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Old 07-13-2013, 07:20 PM   #28
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Post 16 and post 24 have it right. All that jacking and fretting just dont make it. So simple to run the good axle on to blocked up board ramp and change the tire on the other axle.
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