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Old 02-25-2014, 07:38 PM   #43
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Hi Everyone,
Well, Discount tires was very nice. Their Claims department in Arizona is going to send a check for the repairs...
Thank you all!
Sounds like a company worth supporting!!
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I agree - I will use them now!
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:01 PM   #45
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Ok. Dumb question but I am glad t read this. Where do you put the jack. 2007 25FB
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:38 PM   #46
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I have single axel Bambi, so blocks dont work for me, right? I purchased a jack and four way thingy to keep at all times. On the jack box I wrote where jack goes, but as soon as all the snow melts, I will be down under adding reflective tape. I think my hardest part would be getting spare tire out, and instruction manual.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:59 PM   #47
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With our last tire replacement ( Michelin recall) I used a local tire shop and was on my hands and knees with the tech pointing to the exact locations for the jacks! I didn't take any chances.
We've had our tires changed at tire shops, and like Zigidachs, I am right there with the tech them showing where to put the jack and I stay there the whole time. If they don't want me to watch I will not let them do it.

I have changed a tire along side the road twice using a bottle jack ... once from a flat in town (valve stem failure) and once from a blowout on the highway. Neither were fun. Having a single axle, we have no choice but to jack. It worked, but it was hell, so I now carry a floor jack and use the axle bracket rather than the jack points ... A floor jack works better because you can get the rig high enough to get the tire off and the spare on.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:14 PM   #48
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I have single axel Bambi, so blocks dont work for me, right? I purchased a jack and four way thingy to keep at all times. On the jack box I wrote where jack goes, but as soon as all the snow melts, I will be down under adding reflective tape. I think my hardest part would be getting spare tire out, and instruction manual.
Hints on getting the spare out of the rack:

Before
you jack the rig up, standing on the curbside of the tongue, release the spare rack latch using your left hand to squeeze the rack arm in the latch where the pin is, lifting it slightly up to lessen the tension on the latch ... this makes it much easier to get that pin out ... then move the latch mechanism off the arm and let the rack down to the ground.

Then move to the street side of the tongue and sit on the ground with your legs spread to either side of the lowered rack... this gives you the leverage to drag the spare out of the rack through the forward opening in the rack with your hands .... much easier than trying to stoop over to get it out.

After
you have the spare on the rig and off the jack, reverse this process using your feet to push the flat tire into the rack (unless you can carry the flat tire elsewhere).

Don't forget to re-latch
the spare rack in the upward closed position before you take off! I would practice getting the spare out at home BEFORE you need to do it along side a busy road.
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It worked, but it was hell, so I now carry a floor jack and use the axle bracket rather than the jack points ... A floor jack works better because you can get the rig high enough to get the tire off and the spare on.

What is an axle bracket?
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:36 AM   #50
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But I do have the tire change ramp in the trailer.
The jack that came with the truck is not heavy duty enough to lift the trailer.
Hauling a floor jack around doesn't appeal to me- too heavy for me to lift and eats up payload...
You don't need a floor jack - a bottle jack will do the job. That's what I use at home. They're not that large, either, so you probably could find a spot to store it in the camper, and they're fairly inexpensive to boot.

I don't carry it with us when traveling, so the one time I had a flat on the road, we pulled it up on blocks to change the tire. If it were going flat in the campground, I'd probably have to hook up and do the same - although I wouldn't bother with the lifter bars and sway control, just drop it on the ball and put the spare on. I'd be tempted to just wait until we're hooking up to leave if at all possible, then just switch at that time. This delay wouldn't work if it was leaking so badly that the trailer was putting too much weight on the stabilizers.
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It worked, but it was hell, so I now carry a floor jack and use the axle bracket rather than the jack points ... A floor jack works better because you can get the rig high enough to get the tire off and the spare on.

What is an axle bracket?
The axle bracket is the part that hangs down where the axle is mounted to the frame. You can use that or the axle mounting flange on the frame.
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Hints on getting the spare out of the rack:

Before
you jack the rig up, standing on the curbside of the tongue, release the spare rack latch using your left hand to squeeze the rack arm in the latch where the pin is, lifting it slightly up to lessen the tension on the latch ... this makes it much easier to get that pin out ... then move the latch mechanism off the arm and let the rack down to the ground.

Then move to the street side of the tongue and sit on the ground with your legs spread to either side of the lowered rack... this gives you the leverage to drag the spare out of the rack through the forward opening in the rack with your hands .... much easier than trying to stoop over to get it out.

After
you have the spare on the rig and off the jack, reverse this process using your feet to push the flat tire into the rack (unless you can carry the flat tire elsewhere).

Don't forget to re-latch
the spare rack in the upward closed position before you take off! I would practice getting the spare out at home BEFORE you need to do it along side a busy road.
Thanks for posting these hints, which I added to our trip binder!
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:15 PM   #54
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I carry a bottle jack at the bottom of a closet that's over the curbside wheel well. There's just enough room between the door and the wheel well for the bottle jack, a folding sewer hose support (that I've used about 3 times in 3 years) and the coupler lock that I use when the trailer is stored.

I've only lifted it with the bottle jack, because the storage sheds are paved with gravel so a floor jack would be inconvenient at best. It has plenty of lift to get the trailer high enough.
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I just checked mine, and it is CLEARLY labeled where to place the Jack.
I would be very careful of that assumption. I have an 04 34' in the shop. It has a big reflective decal saying "JACK". The problem is, that decal is 9" from the frame rail where you actually are supposed to jack. Had I not known, had I gone by the owners manual, I would be fixing the belly pan instead of moving on to the next project. The location back to front is very critical, but more critical is the jack being under the frame rail.
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