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Old 11-12-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
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changing tires

The trailer I bought had been sitting for years and the tires are dry rotted. My two ton floor jack isn't enough. So my question is whats the easiest way to get those tires off the ground? Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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Roll it up on a stack of boards like a small ramp so that one tire is on the boards an one is free/off the ground. then you can change without a jack. Unfortunately, you will have to do one tire at a time this way.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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Even if barely I think a 2t jack should do it. But if it's not or if you don't feel comfortable with it heavier capacity jacks are not expensive. I got a 6t hydraulic and it was less than $30. I got it for the taller jacking capability it offered over the smaller ones. I use some wood blocks and it's more than enough. Check the McMaster-Carr website or Harbor Freight.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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I agree with polarlyse... that would probably be the easier option. A piston/ bottle jack might be a nice option also. they are nice and compact....keep it in the TV or airstream easily.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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This would be an excellent time to check the condition of the axles by noting if the wheels drop down upon being raised. Most assuredly they are bad if it has been unused for a long time.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:02 AM   #6
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I thought a 2 ton would work too. Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:35 AM   #7
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Many of the inexpensive "2 ton" floor jacks won't actually lift that much.

With a tandem you can shim one wheel at a time as described upthread. But if you have a heavy trailer, you should have a bottle jack. Either 6 ton or 8 ton are good sizes. Car parts places have them.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #8
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The trailer is a '68 and it's been sitting for 5 years. I'm going to put new tires on and repack the bearings and get it to someone to replace the axles. Any thoughts on who I should take it to for axles? I'm in nj.
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Well, Colonial Airstream would be the closest. I don't know how good they are with service for vintage rigs.
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I have a heavier trailer than you and I had been "cautiously" using a 2T floor jack. It was at its upper limit and hard to pump. I just bought a 3T for this reason and like it much better. BUT you should weight at least 2000# less than me, and probably more.
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Just use caution when jacking. They may / may not have jacking points identified along the frame to the rear of the axels. Beware of these points. They will work and will lift the body to give clearance in case your axels are showing some wear. They also have little margin for error and if the jack slips, ooops. Holes in the belly pan. If the axels are good you may find it safer to lift at the axel mounting. Look around and see what good solid place is there. But it will lift the axels as well as the body and you may find reduced clearance and some difficulty removing the wheel / tire.
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Just use caution when jacking. They may / may not have jacking points identified along the frame to the rear of the axels. Beware of these points. They will work and will lift the body to give clearance in case your axels are showing some wear. They also have little margin for error and if the jack slips, ooops. Holes in the belly pan. If the axels are good you may find it safer to lift at the axel mounting. Look around and see what good solid place is there. But it will lift the axels as well as the body and you may find reduced clearance and some difficulty removing the wheel / tire.
I had clearance issues with the traditional 2T floor jack when jacking between the wheels on the axle plate. When I went to the 3T, I bought an Aluminum low profile "Racing" jack. WORKS GREAT FOR AN AS APPLICATION!
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The "ramp" system is the quickest, easiest and safest IMHO.
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The "ramp" system is the quickest, easiest and safest IMHO.
I agree and you can do 2 tires at once (1 on each side). Though sometimes it's not the most practical way. For example if you're taking your tires to get replaced and your tow vehicle is the only thing you have to take them to the shop with.
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