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Old 02-23-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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Can I get away with changing two tires at a time?

I'm going to replace the old tires on my 25'EB. I'm not going to take my AS to a tire shop because there are none around that provide easy enough access, and that I trust to use the correct jack points. Instead I'm going to take the wheels one or two at a time.


Question: Can I remove both tires on a side at the same time, relying on a jack and blocks to keep the trailer jacked up?


As you can tell from my question, I haven't done this before so any advice will be appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:10 PM   #2
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You could. When I did it, I did one axle at a time using my bottle jack and jack stands. That way, should the trailer roll off the jacks stands for some bizarre reason, it is still supported on both sides.
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another way is to use leveling blocks on each side. Roll up on the blocks and remove a tire from each side. Repeat for the remaining 2 tires.
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Just block the axles and take all 4 tires. Wooden blocks under the axle mounting points will be fine to support the trailer while you get the tires swapped out.
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I always do a side at a time with a floor jack and a couple of jack stands. I put the floor jack between the wheels and lift on the axle mounting plate.
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A couple months back I had metal valve stems installed. I just ran the front wheels up on leveling blocks high enough to take off the rears, took them to the tire shop, came back to my garage, re-installed, then ran the rear wheels up on the leveling blocks, and did the fronts.
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:57 PM   #7
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I used a trailer aid plus:

https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Aid-T...iler+aid&psc=1

and involved the spare so that I could take in two wheels at a time. I also took the spare in by itself first, because I also wanted a new spare.
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Jack one side and block, jack the other side and block, take all four at once.
This always wants to be done on a fairly level parking area.
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On a dual axel, you don't need jacks. Drive up on leveling blocks or 2x8's with either front or back tires, leaving the other set "hanging." Make sure to place chocks on either side of the wheels supporting your trailer and put your stabilizers down. Now you can remove the "hanging" tires from either side. After taking old tires in for replacement, repeat process for two remaining tires.
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I changed all four at once last year. Lower the tongue jack all the way. Put jack stands under both jack points. Raise tongue jack until all four wheels come off the ground. DO NOT OPEN THE MAIN DOOR WITH EITHER JUST THE CURBSIDE WHEELS OFF THE GROUND USING THE JACK POINT OR WITH ALL FOUR. IT WON'T CLOSE AGAIN UNTIL THE TRAILER IS BACK ON THE TIRES. Using the 'blocks on axle mount points' method should avoid that problem but requires more tools and hardware.

FWIW, I ugraded from the MS2's to XPS Ribs at Michelin's suggestion. For $20 more per tire it has been well worth it. Gas mileage while towing improved 5-10%. While you are at it, check your shocks (you may be missing a mounting bolt or two). If they are original I'd just plan to replace them. If you upgrade to steel valve stems, make sure they are the type that uses a retaining nut inside the rim. Might as well check the brakes while you have all the wheels off too.
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The main problem with doing half a set per trip to the tire shop is you use twice as much gasoline.

Do not lower your stabilizer jacks expecting anything other than the possiblity of making pretzels out of them.
Use real jack stands rated for the job.
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I changed all four at once last year. Lower the tongue jack all the way. Put jack stands under both jack points. Raise tongue jack until all four wheels come off the ground.
Would you provide the weight capacity of the jack stands you used?

Also, did you put any blocking under the jack point, between the jack and the jack point?

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Not sure that's the best treatment for the tongue jack, is it rated to lift that much? Raising the tongue while the wheels are on the ground is one thing, raising most of the weight of the trailer off the ground is another.
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Also, did you put any blocking under the jack point, between the jack and the jack point?
I didn't use the jack points <gasp>.
There're not as convenient as they seem, first you need to lay under the trailer, and then Airstream may have run water or gas lines right through that area. IF I used the jack points, yes, I'd put a block of wood on the jack.

I raised one side using a floor jack on the vertical axle mounting plate in front of the front tire, then inserted a jack stand behind the rear wheel. I didn't use the obvious place between the tires because on the curb side the plastic low water drain is asking to be broken off.
I took both left sides off, then both right sides later. There's a lot of ways to do it and they all work.
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