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Old 10-24-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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Changing a trailer tire

New guy w/ a 323lkts. What is the best/easiest way to change a flat tire? Manual says to jack on frame rail but I read there's a danger of distorting frame. Also read about driving good tire up a ramp, trailer aid I believe, eliminating the need for a jack. What do you guys do?
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Old 10-24-2015, 03:41 PM   #2
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I haven't had to change a flat yet, but when I grease my bearings I just drive the other wheel up on my leveling blocks. Would work the same for changing a tire.. Super easy way to do it..
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:49 PM   #3
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I have the trailer aid. I really like it. I have used it a few times on boat trailers and once on my travel trailer. I wish there was something this simple for my truck.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:47 PM   #4
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I just drive up the good tire up on levelling blocks.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:57 PM   #5
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I usually put a jack under the axle at the leaf spring pirch. I've done the drive the good tire up a ramp before too.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:59 PM   #6
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Ok thanks! Guess no need for a heavy jack
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Old 10-25-2015, 12:05 AM   #7
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Ramp, like others, but I have a bottle jack too. I place it under the frame rail as recommended.
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Old 10-25-2015, 05:25 AM   #8
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I put a bottle jack under the leaf spring bracket also. I'm concerned of the fact that by running one tire up on blocks to raise the other, the weight load on that tire and axle-end is doubled, stressing the tire and axle from being way over capacity. Using a bottle jack (or jacking up the frame), you don't have that problem.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:47 AM   #9
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A bottle jack under the spring perch is simple. The reason that mfgs say no to jacking up on the axle is that there's too many ignorant owners that would stick the jack to far towards the center of the axle and bending it. Putting a jack under the spring perch does zero damage to the axle. You only need to jack it up 1" or so to get the tire off.
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:11 AM   #10
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Ok then I guess I'll get a bottle jack too. Thanks
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