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Old 09-15-2007, 06:52 PM   #1
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Question Any Exp Changing Tire with Trailer-Aid Ramp

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?
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:31 PM   #2
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It works pretty much as advertised, although I now use either my custom-fabbed bottle jack, or break out my bag of leveling blocks. The blocks can serve the same purpose as the trailer aid.
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:32 PM   #3
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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?
Hi 2db!

I just used the Trailer-Aid to change the tire on my 28" Excella. Worked as advertised. U do need to think about the kick-back when pulling off the Trailer-Aid. It has a habit of spitting out, so watch it! Mine was in asphalt.

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This only works on two- or three-axle Airstreams. I always carry one of my pair of inexpensive wheel ramps. And a bottle jack if I ever hit a road hazard that flattens two tires on the same side. There's no way I'd pay $66.65 for a Trailer-Aid .... oh wait, that's $59.98 with a President's Club membership...

Camping World is always going to be an expensive option. You don't need the tire shaped indent on top to tell you when you're fully up onto the flat part of the ramp. Check your local farm/fleet store or auto supply store. A pair of tire ramps have some other handy uses too. I actually got mine at Wally-world before I stopped shopping there.
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:38 PM   #5
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I have my lynx levelers to build a ramp. I have them to level the trailer, why carry an extra tool?
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You can get the Trailer-Aid device for about $39 at horse trailer sites. I recently had two of my tires disintegrate in the California heat wave, that is why it got my attention. But I would not pay $60 for it.
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I have used one for years hauling horse trailers. They work well.
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Here it is for 29.95 but the shipping is 14.95. I just bought a second one from this person.

"NEW" TRAILER AID Jack Stand, Flat Tire Ramp, BLACK - (eBay item 290140658293 end time Sep-16-07 07:32:05 PDT)
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You can get the Trailer-Aid device for about $39 at horse trailer sites. I recently had two of my tires disintegrate in the California heat wave, that is why it got my attention.
Darned Marathons. Do you know what cold pressures you were maintaining?
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The first tire I lost going over the grapevine on #5 into Los Angeles. I had just stopped at a rest stop and checked the tires for overheating and they were fine. I had checked the pressures to be 65 psi the day before. Had planned on just going short distances while it was so hot, but was impatient to get where I was going.

I have driven around 15,000 miles in the five months that I have had my Airstream. Know it had sat on the hot pavement in the Fontana dealership for many months prior to my getting it. Getting all new tires seemed the right thing to do and will give me peace of mind, for awhile at least.
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I am carrying leveling boards. Since I have a dual axle trailer... I have used them to "jack up" the trailer to replace one of the tires. No point in spending money on something when I already have boards that serve the purpose.
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I have the leveling blocks but also carry 4 - 2 X 6 X 16 boards for the tongue jack our even raising an axle to change a tire. Loosen the wheel (lug) nuts while the tire is on the ground first then raise the axle. After the fresh tire is on snug up the lugs as best as you can while it is up then torgue them tight when it is on the ground.
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Bought mine years ago for $40. Used several times on car haulers and horse trailers. My time is too valuable to screw around with boards and bottle jacks. Too, there's a safety factor using Trailer-Aid ramp and it's a lot easier to store than a bunch on 2X6's. Worth it in my opinion.
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Can someone answer a ? about these Trailer Aid ramps...are they solid or hollow?
I would like to cut one shorter than the 24" lg but that would only work if they are solid...

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