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Old 07-23-2015, 11:54 AM   #1
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In case you have a flat

I am on my 3rd Airstream and had my first flat. I thought I would pass along what I learned in case it might help someone else. This occurred on a 2014 30' Flying Cloud. First, in case you do not know, (at least my model did not) it does not come with a jack. The manual recommends changing with leveling blocks. I had leveling blocks, but not enough to get my trailer high enough to get the new tire on. I made it to a Walmart and purchased the item below and it was perfect. I would guess you need something to get the good tire approximately 8" off the ground to compensate for the drop in the axle with the flat (see picture below). In all likely hood there is a better way to do this, but this solution worked for me and I hope it helps someone else be prepared in advance.
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Old 07-23-2015, 12:02 PM   #2
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I wonder if Lynx blocks would work. I have two sets.

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Trailer-aid block very handi

Camco Trailer Aid, Black - Walmart.com

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I wonder if Lynx blocks would work. I have two sets.

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Kelvin,
There are people on here much more qualified to speak to this issue than myself, but I think they would.
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Old 07-23-2015, 12:15 PM   #5
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That would have been perfect, Joe! I was in a Walmart in a small town in Alabama and did not see that option.
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I am on my 3rd Airstream and had my first flat. I thought I would pass along what I learned in case it might help someone else. This occurred on a 2014 30' Flying Cloud. First, in case you do not know, (at least my model did not) it does not come with a jack. The manual recommends changing with leveling blocks. I had leveling blocks, but not enough to get my trailer high enough to get the new tire on. I made it to a Walmart and purchased the item below and it was perfect. I would guess you need something to get the good tire approximately 8" off the ground to compensate for the drop in the axle with the flat (see picture below). In all likely hood there is a better way to do this, but this solution worked for me and I hope it helps someone else be prepared in advance.
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That is exactly what I have, but I bought mine at Advance Auto because Advance was within walking distance when I had a flat at the house.
It came as a pair. One is in the shed. The other is in the rear storage compartment under the bed. We have camped on a spot so un-level with the front of the trailer so high that I used it as a first step to enter the trailer
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I wonder if Lynx blocks would work. I have two sets.

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2 sets of Lynx Levelers will git-r-dun.
1 set is not quite enough.
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The Camco Trailer Aid comes in two sizes, buy the one for the 16" wheel and it does the job quite nicely.
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if you're really in a jam.........
deflating the tire can give a lot more clearance but you'll need a pump to refill the spare.

if you're on soft ground you can dig under the flat tire with a shovel.
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I just carry a bottle jack.
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I just carry a bottle jack.
Bottle jack is fine IF you know where to place it. One member here had roadside assistance come to his aid.... and the "technician" put the jack on the belly pan and kept pumping away until it splintered through the floor!
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Is it true, I've heard that once you get the tire off that you can ride on just one tire at a reduced speed just to get to the next exit to have tire repaired.

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In case you have a flat

I've been told a couple of 2x6s (from the odd wood leveling assortment) would be enough.

Bottle jack? No thanks. Only if it has a real base welded to the bottom and a jack stand top. They like to tip over.

Floor jack ... perhaps too big and heavy for most to think about.
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I carry the lynx blocks and a bottle jack.

If most of the weight is on the lynx blocks the bottle jack can be used under the axle with the flat, gently, to pick up an inch or two.
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