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Old 12-08-2012, 04:22 PM   #99
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that compressor is quite spendy....my skepticism about it being overkill as far as cost is quite strong....although ill admit I know next to nothing about compressors. It is amazingly small and looks quality.

Regarding patching...ive patched car tire once before after running over a bunch of nails...4 plugs later, aired it up....was good to go...I did go ahead and replace tire, but point is it didnt slow me down...my dad is a mechanic and he told me that MANY times he has plugged and it lasted for the life of the tire..but only if in the tread..never close to or on the side wall...no good there. I think I will keep such a kit in the case of a screw or nail...fix it...ride on....patch it or replace it later.....those kinds of punchers can tend to cause slow leaks so it should not cause immediate terrible blow out type damage I would think...cant hurt to carry a few plugs and the two small tools needed to do it. IMO everyone should carry some plugs - im only 29 years of age and ive had to use them twice and saved me alot of hassle.

Besides the compressor, fuses, wire, i have nearly most everything else....

I watched a vid on youtube - the long long honeymoon - and saw their blowout episode...I think I will can on the jack and just bring the wood as was suggested here...but we shall see. In that video, there is the concern about choosing an improper mount location for the jack...screw that up and you do damage



Silicone tape...yeah, that would seem a good one to carry...

I will need some of those big huge channelocks too...ive borrowed a set before to remove a hitch..need those!

Now I just need a TV, an AS, and a place to store it
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:24 PM   #100
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on the topic of a long screw driver to pry...my dad (a mechanic) has all sorts of sizes of these like pry bar things with screw driver handles...those are amazingly handy for stuff...will add a few of those to my wish list!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:11 PM   #101
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As far as jacks go, I don't use them on my 30' Classic W/SO, I used to use a wooden "helper", but I found this one and it is the only way to go IMHO. Again, a little spendy until you need it.


http://www.genuinehotrod.com/itemgroup/trailer-aid
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:13 PM   #102
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Trailer Aid

Trailer Aid is a great device for those with tandem axles. List price $52 but it can be ordered off Amazon for $34.48.

When I swapped out my 15" wheels for 16" wheels, I took my Trailer Aid to the tire place. They used it to change out the new tires and rims in the parking lot. Much better than letting them try to jack up the trailer and potential miss the jack location.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #103
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I, knock on wood, haven't had a flat....ever on a tandem axle trailer. But, why wouldn't I just use my lego blocks I already have on board? What am I missing?
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:32 PM   #104
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I, knock on wood, haven't had a flat....ever on a tandem axle trailer. But, why wouldn't I just use my lego blocks I already have on board? What am I missing?
Hi, I have never had a flat on my trailer either, but had two tires at two different times, on our Alaska trip go bad. I used my Trailer Aide Plus both times. I think that the cupped area on the Trailer Aide Plus would hold it more steady and they sure are stronger than leveling blocks. I also have leveling blocks, for leveling. Many people have used them for changing tires without any problems, so it's just whatever you choose to use.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:37 AM   #105
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I, knock on wood, haven't had a flat....ever on a tandem axle trailer. But, why wouldn't I just use my lego blocks I already have on board? What am I missing?
Lego blocks should work fine for changing tires. Trailer Aid may be a little safer due to the indentation which holds the tire bearing the weight of the trailer. It may also be easier to use than Legos if you are off the hard road surface on uneven soil or gravel.

I've used Trailer Aid once to change a flat tire. It helped make the operation fast and safe. Depending where you are when a tire goes flat fast can be a very good thing. When I'm driving on the highway, for safety and speed in the event of a tire incident, Trailer Aid rides just inside the tailgate with an orange cone, a box with three foldable emergency triangles, and my large 1/2 inch socket wrench with the appropriate size socket. I can change a truck or trailer tire very quickly. The most time consuming part of the operation is getting the spare out from under the trailer or truck.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:09 PM   #106
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Legos have to be piled up pretty high to get the other wheel off the ground. You might need 2 sets, but I guess you can lift it high enough with 10. Some sets are 8 (ones sold at CW) and some have 10.

It doesn't seem as safe at that height as 2x. And Legos eventually start breaking, so I'd watch for that too.

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Old 12-09-2012, 01:24 PM   #107
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The tool box is certainly an interesting question! I approached it like this - -
What would I know how to fix?
What would be feasible to fix on the road?
What would I need to McGyver something for a short run?
What do I need for basic maintenance?

I have no knowledge for how to fix a car engine for example. Or replace brakes, or install a water pump and all those kinds of things. I do want to be able to change a tire, torque my lug nuts, tighten my hitch parts, replace blown fuses, and maybe McGuyver something for a few miles.

So I pared my tool kit down. I have a torque wrench with the sockets I need for wheels and hitch, tire tools, screwdriver set, a hammer, vice grips, tire gauges, lot's of kinds of tape, epoxy, 12g electrical wire, nuts and fuses, small wire cutter and stripper, jumper cables, coat hanger wire, some sharp utility knives. Not much beyond that. With the exception of the torque wrench, it fits in a medium sized heavy plastic toolbox.

So, I am definitely NOT in the "all contingencies" mode. I do know a fella who is in that mode. The back end of his PU is a full blown workshop full of tools of every description. He is a good guy to have a on a rally!
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #108
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Legos have to be piled up pretty high to get the other wheel off the ground. You might need 2 sets, but I guess you can lift it high enough with 10. Some sets are 8 (ones sold at CW) and some have 10.

It doesn't seem as safe at that height as 2x. And Legos eventually start breaking, so I'd watch for that too.

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But the AS axle only drops...what maybe 4"? That's only 3 legos high. I do carry 2 sets anyway (and have found some brands break and some don't) as I use them under the stabilizers as well as under the wheels. Sometimes in a real uneven site I even have to use 2 or 3 under the tongue.

I get what you are saying for a leaf spring/equailzer type suspension.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:41 PM   #109
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I found is it more than 3" and less than 4" to get the wheel off the ground. I thought the Legos are 1" high—they look that way, but I never measured them.

I have no doubt they can work, but I feel 2x pieces are more stable. I think the webbing can suddenly split, especially if used under the tongue jack or stabilizers. I think those metal parts are more likely to start to break the webbing and if that happens with a tire on 3 or 4 levels of Legos, I'd prefer a second means of support under the trailer.

The Legos are a lot lighter than carrying around a bunch of 2x lumber and if you have a weight problem in the tow vehicle, I can see wanting to use Legos.

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Have not tried to change a tire with the plastic blocks. But using them for leveling makes me think it might be hard to get it high enough. If you are on pavement the stack slids if it is more than 2 high unless it has a long taper. If on ground the weight pushes the stack into the ground.
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Have not tried to change a tire with the plastic blocks. But using them for leveling makes me think it might be hard to get it high enough. If you are on pavement the stack slids if it is more than 2 high unless it has a long taper. If on ground the weight pushes the stack into the ground.
I had package of these plastic leggo-type stacking blocks. As you say, they move around when trying to back up on them and, in my case, they even managed to get mangled. I turfed them and carry several 2x6 boards that are 2-feet long with a tapered edge in the back of the truck.
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Hmmm, I've never had them move around on me on any surface. I did have one brand (can't remember the name, but certainly remember the construction look and feel) that cracked to pieces when used on uneven ground and gravel. The new ones feel like a much more dense material and are physically thicker. They also cost $28 as opposed to $16 at CW.

This is one of those casee where "youz getz what youz payz for".

Yes Gene, when stacked they are 1", except for the top one whose "male tabs" are exposed and add about another 1/2 - 3/4". So three high gets you to about 3.5 - 3.75" of height.

Probably should try this at home before I find myself on the side of the road......
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