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Old 09-20-2007, 10:13 AM   #15
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Bill, they are hollow with cross bars of plastic supports.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:46 AM   #16
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Bill, they are hollow with cross bars of plastic supports.
Thanx Gary, if I cut one down to about 16" long (so it is only the angled/ramp end) would it still be sturdy enough to drive the trailer on?

Here is my intention; I use (2) 4 x 4's 16" lg, cut at about 15deg to level my AS. Just place them under the low side and drive up the angle as much as you need to level. Chock wheels...all done! No boards to mess with. Very easy, infinitely adjustable (up to 4" max ht).
Problem is I, the widest wood I have been able to find, and fit through my saw, is a 4x4. This does not fully support the width of the tire and could lead to damage of the tire bands if left for too long. I have been trying to find something wider.
Years ago, there were some short ramps made of aluminum for this purpose. I saw pix somewhere on this site (don't know if they were made by/sold by AS). But that is where I got the idea. It works great, very easy, beats the heck out of boards.

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Old 09-20-2007, 08:15 PM   #17
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Bill,

Measured the Trailer Aid - it's only 5 1/4 inches wide so not sure it would work for you. Maybe something like these would work better? They are 7.88 inches wide.

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Old 09-20-2007, 11:01 PM   #18
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I've seen many threads on how to jack up an Airstream. Has anyone had any expierence with the Trailer-Aid device that Camping World sells (item #10867) that you drive the good tire up on the ramp and it lifts the flat tire off the ground so you can change it without using a jack on the trailer frame?
Check this one. Jiffy Jack - Horse.com
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:45 AM   #19
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Thanx...those both look good.

Gary, do you have a link to that Tr-Leveler?

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Old 09-21-2007, 06:45 AM   #20
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Just thought I'd post a pic from my archives...Have worked on my trailer at a rally using this method. Just be sure you are hooked up and wheels choked on other side. I don't leave home without my boards.
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:54 AM   #21
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Just thought I'd post a pic from my archives...Have worked on my trailer at a rally using this method. Just be sure you are hooked up and wheels choked on other side. I don't leave home without my boards.
Yeah, that is what I try to avoid...carrying 1/2 a lumber yard with me!
Pretty sure you should have both axles supported too.
I understand you can overload if you just jack one axle for too long. OK for tire changing maybe, but I would not want to stay like that.
The ramp idea works great-infinitely adjustable-not just in 1 inch increments, I just need to find something wider.

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Old 09-21-2007, 07:36 AM   #22
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Here you go Bill - there are also the Lynx levelers - a lot of folks here seem to like those also.

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Here you go Bill - there are also the Lynx levelers - a lot of folks here seem to like those also.

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Yeah, the Lynx tend to crack if used on hard surfaces. I am refining my ramp idea...works well.
Sometimes the original is the best, this method goes back a long ways, wish I could find a set of those old aluminum ones!

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Old 09-21-2007, 08:01 AM   #24
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Your not thinking of the aluminum wheel risers the trucks use are you? Better have a fat wallet for those......
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:26 AM   #25
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Your not thinking of the aluminum wheel risers the trucks use are you? Better have a fat wallet for those......
Nope. There are some old AS ones floating around. I have seen pix somewhere on this site, that's where I got the idea to replicate them put of wood. They work great.
I firmly believe in the K-I-S-S principle and these strongly adhere...brilliant, simple.
(probably would need fat wallet for the AS ones too...if you could find them).

I'll look for the pic, and take a shot of mine this weekend up in NH...

Found it; http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...-up-25931.html

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Good luck finding the original one - would be nice, Here's one that might work well without breaking the bank.
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Good luck finding the original one - would be nice, Here's one that might work well without breaking the bank.
Thanx Ganglin...too long to fit between wheels...

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:04 AM   #28
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No-slip Tire Ramp

I have used a ramp to remove flat tires for many years on two and three axle Airstreams. To keep it from sliding on smooth pavement, I put a rubber mat under it. I have also reduced the need for it by going to Maxxis load range E tires on my current 31' trailer.
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