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Old 05-23-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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changing tires on 34' triple axle

Has anyone changed the tires on a triple axle? Did you do it on ramps or is there a jacking point on the 34's.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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I use a piston jack when i take the tires off mine. Make sure you catch the frame. I am sure there are other ways to do this as well.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
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Loosen lug nuts on rim to be changed (note - only loosen them not take them off) Put 2x8x12 inch blocks in front of two tires not being changed. Pull forward - it helps to double stack them to 4 inches. Remove rim and tire with flat and replace - pull trailer forward off blocks. Stable, safe for side of road, no working parts to fail and cheap to buy. Blocks have many uses in camp as jack stabilizer pads, emergency firewood, etc.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
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There is a jacking point behind the rear wheel. it is marked "JACK" underneath the trailer and to the rear of the axles, however it is marked near the edge of the trailer for visability and you must jack on the frame member.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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There is a jacking point behind the rear wheel. it is marked "JACK" underneath the trailer and to the rear of the axles, however it is marked near the edge of the trailer for visability and you must jack on the frame member.
That is not a good place to jack up the trailer, as the jack can slip off very easily, AND, often does, since the trailer will be tilted.

The very best and safest place to use to jack up the trailer is to use the axle mounting plates.

You can even use a floor jack on those, if you wish.

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:59 PM   #6
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Yes, Andy is correct for sure. I had a single axle AS blow a tire on the Alaskan highway years ago. I had it jacked up using the "jack point" and a truck came buy and the bow wave pressure blew the AS off the bottle jack, which then punctured the belly pan and the floor of the AS, coming out in a storage compartment. What a mess.

I learned the hard way. Listen to Andy (what happened to me was prior to the AS net)
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Hi, I bought a Trailer Aid Plus for my trailer.
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I vote for Trailer Aid or equivalent ramps. Even floor jacks slip, unless you are working on a perfectly level concrete floor like Andy does at his shop. Bottle jacks are definitely less safe. Doing it on gravel or a tilted driveway is definitely out.
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Hi, I bought a Trailer Aid Plus for my trailer.
I vote for the Rrailer Aid. Easy to use. "new"model has one inch added to lift height for better clearance.
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I vote for the Rrailer Aid. Easy to use. "new"model has one inch added to lift height for better clearance.
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Thank you very much Andy. I have only had to jack once and used a floor jack at the jack point OK, but I was in my level concrete driveway.

If on the road I would probably call road service but I often wander if they would be as particular with my trailer as I would like.
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Thank you very much Andy. I have only had to jack once and used a floor jack at the jack point OK, but I was in my level concrete driveway.

If on the road I would probably call road service but I often wander if they would be as particular with my trailer as I would like.
Probably not, since they don't know what a torsion axle is all about.

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Trailer Aids

If it's the middle tire on a triple axle, wouldn't you need two Trailer Aids?
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If it's the middle tire on a triple axle, wouldn't you need two Trailer Aids?
Hi, I have the Trailer Aid "PLUS" which is the one that has the rubber pad making about one inch taller than the Trailer Aid. I believe that one "Plus" would be enough for a 34'er. Also you would only be able to use one because they won't fit between the wheels.
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