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Old 08-19-2016, 06:15 AM   #1
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Default How do I change a flat?

Mine didn't come with a jack. What kind should I get? Is it possible to raise wheels off ground via use of both stabilizer jacks or is this not advised?

At age 75, I'd like NOT to ever have to get down and change a flat roadside, but might have to sometime. Tips please. Thanks guys.

Do you recommend a roadside assistance plan such as Good Sam? Ever used? How much does this cost? Recommendations please.

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Old 08-19-2016, 07:27 AM   #2
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miranda, check out your other post. DON'T use the stabs, that may twist the frame. Roadside assist can help, however, they seldom know how to work on Hi Los. Suggest the Trailer Aid and a good lug wrench.
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With a double axle you can run the inflated tire up on blocks like you use for leveling. Loosen the lug nuts first, change to spare, snug the up best you can and tighten when off the blocks.
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Mine didn't come with a jack. What kind should I get? Is it possible to raise wheels off ground via use of both stabilizer jacks or is this not advised?

At age 75, I'd like NOT to ever have to get down and change a flat roadside, but might have to sometime. Tips please. Thanks guys.

Do you recommend a roadside assistance plan such as Good Sam? Ever used? How much does this cost? Recommendations please.

Jerry
I have heard negative reports onGood Sam roadside service and with the service I have, AAA, I have had to help and instruct the service drivers both times I have needed assistance, and this is after I had given an operator specific instructions on what was needed to replace a tire.
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Totally agree with you Garry. I learned about the Trailer Aid long time ago here on the forum. One of the best tips for changing tires on a dual axle trailer. I recently had new tires installed and, like you, had to work with the installers to remove and replace the rubber. They wanted to use a floor jack on the frame to remove and replace one side then the other--scary. I also use the trailer aid to repack bearings.
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Ok Tree. No stabs for sure to change a flat. I gotta get Trailer Aid man. BTW, if you don't mind telling, roughly how much are four 13 " tires? Mine will need replacing.

And, as you said, I WON"T have roadside assist jack my unit up and mess things up. Very good point. Thanks.

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Gary, from what you said, I just don't think I will get roadside assistance as I feel, once I get one of these Trailer Assists, I will be better off to change my own flat and work on wheel bearings to keep clean and lubed. Thanks for letting me know.

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Jerry, Trailer Aid is a very sturdy heavy duty yellow Plastic, block with studs on the bottom. I'm most sure there is a youtube on proper use, but it's truly self explanatory. As I said, I also purchased a folding "star lug wrench" keeping both in the TV for ready access. I, too, hope I won't have to change a tire (especially streetside on an interstate!), but if I must everything is always ready. Best of luck and hope to see ya soon.
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Tree, sounds good. Might have to get one, as I don't want to rely (or buy) roadside assistance plan. I don't even have lug wrench....yet. What size nuts? Standard or metric?

Hope also to see ya. Got so much to learn

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Tree, sounds good. Might have to get one, as I don't want to rely (or buy) roadside assistance plan. I don't even have lug wrench....yet. What size nuts? Standard or metric?

Hope also to see ya. Got so much to learn

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The lug nuts on your trailer wheels are SAE. In fact, I think EVERY fastener in your trailer is SAE - mine is. You can change a tire with a standard socket wrench that you would put on a torque wrench handle. You SHOULD use a torque wrench to set the proper torque on the tire lugs. If you don't they could loosen during travel.

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