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Old 03-24-2015, 04:14 PM   #21
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Other than being a few minutes quicker than a jack, if you have a jack with you anyway, why not use it on the off chance you would have a flat?

Not that I don't like this Trailer-Aid, in fact I just ordered one a few hours ago, but my thoughts are for it to be used for maintenance, and keep my travelling gear to a minimum.
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:44 PM   #22
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Anderson levelor on a 1 inch block of wood should work.
I wouldn't use two different surfaces as they are not stable being used together- they can slide on each other. Got lucky once with that happening on my tongue stand- it slid sideways and off to the ground with no damage or harm.
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:46 PM   #23
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Other than being a few minutes quicker than a jack, if you have a jack with you anyway, why not use it on the off chance you would have a flat?

Not that I don't like this Trailer-Aid, in fact I just ordered one a few hours ago, but my thoughts are for it to be used for maintenance, and keep my travelling gear to a minimum.
I keep my in the right corner of my front box; plenty of room there.
The thing about a using jack is that safety protocol is to also use jack stands as the jack can fail, especially a hydraulic one. I think the Trailerail-Aid is safer than a jack for that reason.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:07 PM   #24
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I keep my in the right corner of my front box; plenty of room there.
The thing about a using jack is that safety protocol is to also use jack stands as the jack can fail, especially a hydraulic one. I think the Trailerail-Aid is safer than a jack for that reason.
I always have the tow vehicle connected to the trailer with changing a tire, so that it is stable. Park brake on. Never had an issue, though the jack I now use is the mechanical scissor type. As mentioned, I have never changed tires on the Escape, but have on my construction trailer a few times. As well, I have changed quite a few tires on cars and trucks in the past, where you can't use something like this Trailer-Aid anyway, and rely only on the jack. I am however, cautious of not putting a limb in any place it could get hurt anyway.

I don't have the storage box, but would still have lots of room. But, just like everything else with RVing for us, if something does not get used, or if there is an alternate method for the rare occasion of needing it, it usually gets left behind.
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I always have the tow vehicle connected to the trailer with changing a tire, so that it is stable. Park brake on. Never had an issue, though the jack I now use is the mechanical scissor type. As mentioned, I have never changed tires on the Escape, but have on my construction trailer a few times. As well, I have changed quite a few tires on cars and trucks in the past, where you can't use something like this Trailer-Aid anyway, and rely only on the jack. I am however, cautious of not putting a limb in any place it could get hurt anyway...
Safety is always paramount, and I agree that Jim's methods are suitable for ensuring safe conditions when changing a tire. In, fact I would not hesitate to ask Jim to change the tires on my Escape should it ever become necessary to do so.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:29 PM   #26
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Safety is always paramount, and I agree that Jim's methods are suitable for ensuring safe conditions when changing a tire. In, fact I would not hesitate to ask Jim to change the tires on my Escape should it ever become necessary to do so.
Sure thing, bring it on over whenever you need a flat changed out.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:32 PM   #27
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I've tried using the Anderson Levelers on my 21, in my driveway, to remove a tire, and it worked just fine. It lifted the, to be removed tire, off the ground by maybe an inch. I'm not sure how it would work with ground that wasn't flat and firm, but then how would the trailer buddy or a jack work in that situation? I also wouldn't expect it to work with the 5.0 because they use leaf springs for suspension which could mean more sag of the unsupported axle. AND, I don't know if the torsion suspension relaxes over time, so as to leave the levelers unusable for tire changes down the road.
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I always have the tow vehicle connected to the trailer with changing a tire, so that it is stable. Park brake on. Never had an issue, though the jack I now use is the mechanical scissor type.
I wouldn't hesitate to use just a jack for changing a tire either. After using the Trailer-Aid several times recently with the brake problems I had I know it is much easier than using a jack. Also, for new owners picking up- you're supposed to adjust your brakes after 200 miles, which no one does according to my mechanic. However, it is a pretty easy thing to do with a flathead screwdriver or a $5 brake adjusting tool.
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You can't get out of Washington state after 200 miles. Do we need a request for a brake adjusting station 200 miles south of Chilliwack, for those of us heading south? Or maybe Bob's Burgers and Brews should move a little?
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I keep my in the right corner of my front box; plenty of room there.
The thing about a using jack is that safety protocol is to also use jack stands as the jack can fail, especially a hydraulic one. I think the Trailerail-Aid is safer than a jack for that reason.
Yes, my impression is that a Trailer-Aid is safer and easier.
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