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Old 06-11-2016, 05:09 PM   #1
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Equipment to change a trailer tire ?

I just purchased a scissor jack (https://www.amazon.ca/Performance-To.../dp/B005LPU3B0) intending to use it for possible tire changes. Now that I've got it home I notice 2 things.

One: this type of jack seems to be one that would be used from the side of a car. I am going to have to slide in under the trailer and use the jack parallel to the wheel to get under the axel. (Escape suggests a certain spot under the axel for tire changes).

Two: using the jack this way seems backwards since the "saddle" of the jack isn't being used correctly. Will this be safe? I intend to also use a jack stand.

Perhaps I should just buy a hydraulic jack but am liking that the scissor jack takes up less storage space and is cheaper (I just retired).

See this thread for context about where to place a jack on a 17.b (Jacking point for wheel change)

thanks I hope I've explained this clearly enough
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:19 PM   #2
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Larry, I've used both scissor and hydraulic jacks with our 17B and I come in from behind the wheel with either. If you get the jack under the frame close to the axle you should be fine. I always then use jack stands before doing any work.

I had to change a tire on a busy highway shoulder and used the bottle jack from my Tacoma (which I had tested beforehand) raised up on the Lego leveling blocks. I let down the rear stabilizer jack for backup. But I was lucky enough to have full scissor jacks as stabilizers on our 17.
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:29 PM   #3
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Haven't had to do it, but, depending on your wrench, the tube to attach bars from the Pro Series WDH can be used to extend leverage.
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I changed a trailer tire on a small shoulder in the rain one time and that was enough.

Since I installed a tire pressure monitoring system I have had 2 alarms that let me know well in advance of a future flat, allowing me to pull into a repair station and get it fixed.
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Go to Harbor Freight . You can buy a 3 ton hydraulic jack for under $15 . I use my my HF hydraulic jack every fall to get the weight off my axle and the tires off the ground . The jack rides in the back of my truck during the camping season .
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If you go for a bottle jack, I went with a 6 ton, there are adapters made that make them safer to use.

https://safejacks.com/collections/bo...or-bottle-jack
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I changed a trailer tire on a small shoulder in the rain one time and that was enough.

Since I installed a tire pressure monitoring system I have had 2 alarms that let me know well in advance of a future flat, allowing me to pull into a repair station and get it fixed.
Hi: tractors1... I know my memory is failing cause I can't remember when I last changed a tire. That's why we have CAA/RVPlus. Better than any bottle jack except Daniels!!! Alf
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Hi: tractors1... I know my memory is failing cause I can't remember when I last changed a tire. That's why we have CAA/RVPlus. Better than any bottle jack except Daniels!!! Alf
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I have a roadside service plan too, just doesn't help much if you have no cell service. Sometimes it's just easier to do things yourself.
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I have a roadside service plan too, just doesn't help much if you have no cell service. Sometimes it's just easier to do things yourself.
As we drove across remote parts of New Mexico and Arizona with no cell coverage, no shoulder on the road and no homes in scores of miles, I was dreaming of run-flat trailer tires.
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As we drove across remote parts of New Mexico and Arizona with no cell coverage, no shoulder on the road and no homes in scores of miles, I was dreaming of run-flat trailer tires.
Ditto - The last two trips we have been out of cell range for miles. BCAA doesn't help if you can't phone.
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