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Old 10-28-2015, 02:54 PM   #31
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That's pretty much the same method I did when I had to replace the leaf springs on our old pop-up. It involved removing the entire axle, since I was also upgrading them after one broke. I no longer have the photos, but they show the trailer sitting on four stands and the tongue jack, with no axle in sight. You just need to raise it up enough, an inch or so, to be able to get the wheels off.

I was thinking of this method when I replaced the tires on our old hybrid, but I would have to do one side at a time. I said the heck with it and just took the trailer in to the tire shop, and let them worry about raising it up. They left it hooked up to the truck and lifted the trailer with a floor jack under the frame.
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:44 PM   #32
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I'll be swapping tires this week to S637's. My plan is to jack under the spring pads with my two floor jacks high enough to get the wheels off. I'll take the front two up to get changed and then after they're on I'll do the rear two. I also considered using the spare tire so that I can still do two tires at a time but only have one axle end on the jack during the tire mounting time.
That's how I do my wheel bearings. One axle at a time.
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:45 PM   #33
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Just finished up swapping the tires on my trailer from BlowMax's to S637's. Took me two hours in total but the tire shop is only about 5min up the road. Had to do one at a time as I needed the truck to haul the wheel/tires.

I used a bottle jack under the spring perch with a block of LVL and a steel plate on top of the jack. Worked fine, just left it on the jack while I had the tires swapped and then put the wheel back on and moved to the next one.
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:25 PM   #34
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Why don't you guys just take your trailer to the tire shop and have them take care of it? That's what I have done in the past and will do in the future.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:02 PM   #35
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Why don't you guys just take your trailer to the tire shop and have them take care of it? That's what I have done in the past and will do in the future.
That's fine for getting new tires, but what about when you have a flat? I'm not going to sit by the side of the road for forever waiting for someone to come and fix my tire. I can change one out in 15 mins.
When I get new tires I definitely will take it somewhere.
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Why don't you guys just take your trailer to the tire shop and have them take care of it? That's what I have done in the past and will do in the future.
Don't know about your area, but around here, shops charge around $125/hr to take the wheels/tires off a trailer and then do the mounting/balancing. If I take them off the trailer and carry them in, it is $10 each mounting/balancing... quite frankly, they don't want to deal with a big trailer tying up their limited space - may just be because this is a metropolitan area though...
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:38 PM   #37
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Don't know about your area, but around here, shops charge around $125/hr to take the wheels/tires off a trailer and then do the mounting/balancing. If I take them off the trailer and carry them in, it is $10 each mounting/balancing... quite frankly, they don't want to deal with a big trailer tying up their limited space - may just be because this is a metropolitan area though...
Same here. Very few of the tire shops around can accommodate a trailer as big as mine (and I don't live in the city), and I don't want to limit my options. I don't know about the extra cost, but I can't imagine Wal-Mart would charge the same $ per tire if they have to go out in the lot and jack up my trailer. Same for anyone else, I would expect to have to pay for that service, and I VERY RARELY will pay for something I'm perfectly able to do my self. Also, I don't want to take the risk of them jacking the trailer wrong, or torquing the lugs wrong, etc because they were in a hurry to get to the 12 or 14 cars behind me in line that day. If I take my time and pay attention, I'll know it was all done right.

I may also install a wet-bolt kit while I have the wheels/tires off, so there's that to consider too...
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Glad I don't have that issue here in Phoenix. I have never had anyone say that it was going to be more because it is on a trailer. I always take mine in when getting all new tires. For one at a time on the road, the other replies work, I was only wondering about the all tires responses.
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Camper Bob; "Also, I don't want to take the risk of them jacking the trailer wrong, or torqueing the lugs wrong, etc because they were in a hurry to get to the 12 or 14 cars behind me in line that day."


That's my biggest concern too, that's why I always do any repairs myself.
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Glad I don't have that issue here in Phoenix. I have never had anyone say that it was going to be more because it is on a trailer. I always take mine in when getting all new tires. For one at a time on the road, the other replies work, I was only wondering about the all tires responses.
Perhaps I should clarify; I purchased the tires from the Internet, and only need the tire shop to mount them on the rims and install metal valve stems. If I purchased the tires there, I would agree with you that it shouldn't matter what vehicle the tires are on. But since I didn't buy the tires there, I would expect them to charge me for the labor to get the wheels on and off the trailer. I don't really mind it anyway...

Sorry I kind of threw the thread off track some, but I thought my question was closely related enough...
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