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Old 05-26-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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I would like to know where exactly one is supposed to jack in order to change a tire?

I understand that jacking on an axle is a no-no.

So how do you jack high enough to get a wheel off in the event of a flat.

Any suggestions or better yet the PROPER method of jacking.

It would be good if this was included in a manual, of course I may have missed that section.

Thanks for the help out there.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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I jack under the u-bolts.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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Same here.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:40 AM   #5
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I jack under the u-bolts.

If your axles are mounted below the springs, then you want to be careful that you don't deform the axle tube.
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To first answer your question I jack under the U bolts, one tire at a time. If you are changing a flat tire a jack is not the only option if you have more than one axle. I think it is much safer and easier to use a trailer aid. here is the link to that product http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...iler-aid/10867
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The trailer aid didn't work for us, the other wheel stayed on the ground while the tt just twisted.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:31 AM   #8
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When I jack under the bolts I put a 2X6 piece of wood there too to try to distribute the load in the spot. Like others have said - do not jack on the axle tube - it will bend.

I have a trailer aid - just have not used it - figured I would if I have a flat while travelling and I do not want to jack up the unit.
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I would like to know where exactly one is supposed to jack in order to change a tire?

I understand that jacking on an axle is a no-no.

So how do you jack high enough to get a wheel off in the event of a flat.

Any suggestions or better yet the PROPER method of jacking.

It would be good if this was included in a manual, of course I may have missed that section.

Thanks for the help out there.

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Here's a link to a u-tube video showing how the trailer aid is suppose to work.


I don't agree with jacking under the u bolts for the same reason Hamops stated. If you stop and think about it, you are actually putting all the weight you're raising right on the small area that the u bolts cover. Like I stated in another thread, they want us to raise the trailer by placing the jack under the frame. Either in front or behind the axles. Now that takes one heck of a pile of blocking so you can reach the frame, more then I care to bring along.
Anaro stated the trailer aid didn't work for them. It might not raise the tire completely off the ground, but there won't be much weight left on that axle and you should be able to place a bottle jack under it and finish lifting it high enough to change the tire without the worry of damaging the axle tube.
I have a 20 ton bottle jack I carry ( I know extreme over kill) but I tried raising the trailer with a little short stubby 8 ton, it didn't like it at all.
I welded up an adapter that sits on top of the jack. Just a short piece of angle iron welded to a pipe cap that fits over the jack. It cradles the axle and should even out the force being put on it a little more.
Another thought is, some of us have the older units and just maybe they were making the tubes with a little heavier wall back then. There has been some tubes lately that are collapsing. I haven't paid attention to how old the trailers were.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #10
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I'm just a little confused! The dealer told me that when one wheel is raised on my ST30RE, the other wheel will remain on the ground (on the same side). Something to do with the way the 2 axles are linked together. I haven't tried it but looking at the axle gear it would appear he is correct. If so, then raising one wheel ain't going to allow you change a flat. Am I (and he) correct?
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