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Old 06-30-2016, 03:14 PM   #15
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I have found that a jack that will not hold a load is directly dependent on the quality of the jack. I have seen several jack made from Chinesium that wouldn't hold a load. Usually a hydraulic jack will not pump up any higher if it is overloaded. In your case the fluid is seeping past the valve.
Your jack is on the light side but should do the job. I typically use a 5 ton bottle jack (domestically manufactured).
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:18 PM   #16
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I think that temporarily I'll go with the Camco 21 Yellow Trailer Aid ramp, but I'll check all of the other suggestions for possible future use.
Thanks for the suggestions, everybody!
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:22 PM   #17
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Agree with twinkie. To change one tire on a tandem trailer, why use a jack at all? Just pull the other tire on that side onto a few blocks and the "bad" tire will be off the ground. As long as you have chocked the tires on the opposite side, there is little chance of the trailer falling. It's just a safer way to do the job.
Don't forget to loosen the nuts before you get the tire in the air. When my tire failed in Iowa and I had no jack I just pulled the unit onto a curb in an abandoned parking lot.
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Old 06-30-2016, 04:08 PM   #18
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If you have a tandem axle trailer get one of these:
Andersen Manufacturing 3620 Rapid Jack
A description From the Amazon web site.
"The Rapid Jack is your best friend when it comes to fixing a flat tire or removing a wheel on your multi-axle trailer or dually truck. Simply place the small end of the Rapid Jack under the closest good tire and drive up! NOTHING COULD BE EASIER! It can also be used as a jack wheel holder, a jack post block, and a pad block (see pics). Doubles as a wheel chock."

Works great, is light and easy to use.

https://www.amazon.com/Andersen-Manu...derson+leveler
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:23 PM   #19
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I have 2 axels on my 27 ft. FC. I have only had one flat - spike thru the tire. Used my Camco 21 Yellow Trailer Aid (ramp) - simple and easy. Don't even think of a jack - too many issues that could be dangerous for you and/or the trailer.
I agree. Spend the 30 bucks and never worry about a jack slipping again. I bought one last year thinking I would be wasting money and I was wrong. Tire changing is safe, easy and fast.

Here is one place to look at it:

https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Aid-T.../dp/B000I4JPZE
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:42 PM   #20
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Maybe they should have been rotated?..
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:17 PM   #21
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One last question. (?) I got the tire changing ramp. How long can I leave a trailer up on such a ramp? Can I take a tire off and have it replaced (might take all day) with the trailer on the ramp or should I put the spare on and back it down until the new tire can be put on?
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:00 PM   #22
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It will be fine sitting on one wheel.
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:27 PM   #23
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Thank you!
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:55 PM   #24
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If you decide to stay with ST tires, which I along with many other AS owners advise you change to LT tires, you might consider a set of Centramatics, which balances tire and drums automatically as driven. There are many threads on the tire subject and many converts to LT tires due to premature ST failures, some with huge damages to their AS from the ST tire blowing out and damaging wheel wells, body parts and black/grey valves destroyed.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:54 AM   #25
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Okay pappy, I'll take that into consideration. Thank you!
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Old 07-04-2016, 07:57 AM   #26
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A question comes to mind. Why would one tire wear out? I can only think of a few reasons, axle bent, axles out of alignment in which case you would think two tires would wear out, a defective tire, mis-matched tires or maybe something else I haven't thought of. Is it time to replace all 4? If they are older than 6 or 7 years the answer is probably yes.

Regarding your other question, my rule of thumb is carry a bottle jack with capacity equal to your trailer weight and wooden blocks to augment the height if the screw out part isn't long enough plus one to put next to the trailer unless A/S provided a jack point.
Correction: I meant to say twice your trailer weight.
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:33 AM   #27
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Okay, thank you.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:29 PM   #28
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I just wanted to let everyone know that the tire changing ramp worked great! Very easy!
Thanks for all of the input!
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