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Old 07-31-2020, 05:26 AM   #1
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Help with tire changing, jack stands, load F

Hello, I am going to change all the tires on my camper to load range F tires this week coming in. However the local place I ordered them from does not have the space for me to bring the trailer. Small business. Has anyone jacked up there camper and placed it on jack stands for the day or two. I would jack up each tire one at a time, place a jack stand under one axle at a time. Until all four are off. Anyone know another way. Does anyone think this would damage the axles or the camper.
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When I changed my tires to Goodyear Endurance I took off one tire at a time and took it to the tire store, which was only a mile away. One tire a day for four days wasn't too bad.

A trailer sitting on jack stands is just too risky for me.
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I have a pair of drive on ramps I use for changing oil, etc on my truck. I just positioned a ramp on each side of the trailer, pulled it forward on the ramps....and the rear tires were off the ground (back on, to get the front tires off the ground). Removed two tires, took them to the tire shop. I was able to get all four tires changed in one day. No need for a jack or jack stands, and very stable.
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Thank you I like the Ramp method I think I may�� try that. Or was thinking jack stands under only one axle at a time. thinking actually my camper is to heavy for one axle
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The Ramp method could overload your axle a single axle is not designed to hold that much weight.

I have only needed to change 1 tire which I jacked up put the spare on and then lowered. Unless you fear the axle stands for some reason they are the best way, have them in front and behind the axles on the frame rail. if needs be put the stabilzers down to help out. If you think about the way the trailer is connected to the ground it should be perfectly fine. Obviously make sure you have enough Jack stand cap. Mine are 4 ton a pair plenty between for on a 4.5 ton trailer.
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DO NOT JACK IT OR SUPPORT IT OFF THE AXLE. This coming right from Dexter Axle. Lift it and support it off the frame. I lift my 16k 5th wheel with a bottle jack off the frame as close to the rear tire as possible. On the back side of the jack I'll use blocks to support the weight. It will have the entire one side off the ground so you can do both wheels at the same time. Once I have one side supported I'll go to the other and do the same, lift and support off the frame behind the rear axle. I had mine sitting on blocks for a few months this past winter/spring doing a drum to disc brake conversion. The reason I used blocks instead of jack stands are my jack stands would be close to maxed out and in also didn't want them tied up for a long period in case I needed them for one of my other 4 vehicles.
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You can lift at the axle... IF... you position your jack under the spring perch - not inside or outside, but directly under the perch (or between the u-bolts if your axle is mounted above the springs) I crafted a "U" shaped cradle to fit my axle and floor jack that fits between the u-bolts.
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A set of four heavy duty jack stands and a twenty dollar bottle jack and you're good to go. The bottle jack under the frame makes the trailer go up in the air, and the jack stands keep it from coming back down.

Take all the wheels in at one time.
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I have seen trailer companies when doing axle swaps or whatever they will lower the tongue down so the rear of the trailer is elevated. They then will place jack stands in the rear on the frame then they will raise the tongue up till all 4 tires are off the groung. Jack stands of coarse are placed on the front of the trailer.
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When I work with jacks, I always try to place a secondary means of support for whatever is being held up should the primary fail. As RVers, surely we have enough wood, bricks, Lynx (or come other brand) levelers, etc. to build something high enough to accomplish this.

From the 2000 Jayco Owner's manual for Conventional Travel Trailer and Fifth-Wheel Travel Trailer, this is what it says about jacking the trailer and tire changing:
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Thank you all will jack up using frame. Got some 4 ton jack stands.
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Thank you all will jack up using frame. Got some 4 ton jack stands.

Be aware Harbor Freight has a recall on jack stands right now.
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I have seen trailer companies when doing axle swaps or whatever they will lower the tongue down so the rear of the trailer is elevated. They then will place jack stands in the rear on the frame then they will raise the tongue up till all 4 tires are off the groung. Jack stands of coarse are placed on the front of the trailer.
Hummm, sounds familiar, did this at summer camp last week. We used two logs.

The borrowed trailer, had what looked like good tires when we left. But had two tires start to separating on me. Of course it is a Sunday and nothing is open, so luckily made it to camp on them before a complete separation. They were 16" load range G, hard to find in a small town, had to have them ordered in. Tires were 14 years old. Trailer rode terrible all the way to camp. Rode nice and smooth all they way home. I'm guessing they were out of round, and bouncing a lot.
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