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Old 03-26-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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Changing tires on a 25' Safari

We recently purchased a 2005 25 foot Safari, so we are new to Airstreams. I want to replace the tires and take it into a tire shop to do so. Reading the owners manual, it speaks of a jack point behind the rear wheels, which I have located. My question is, will that jack point raise both the forward and rear wheel on one side of the trailer, or just the rear wheel? I am thinking I should buy the ramp to get one wheel off the ground. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help!

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Old 03-27-2015, 09:00 PM   #2
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I think there is only one jack point for each side so it should raise both tires. We have only had ours for a year, so have not had to do it yet. The structure is ridged so I really don't see a reason why it wouldn't. I would place a block of wood or 1foot by 1foot piece if plywood on the jack to protect the underbelly.

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Old 03-27-2015, 09:12 PM   #3
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Get ramps. Much safer when you have to change a flat on the road. If you use 2; one on each side. The tire shop will like you.

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Old 03-27-2015, 10:14 PM   #4
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I replaced my original Goodyears with Maxxis and had them done at our local Discount Tire Store. They had to do the swap outside as the trailer wouldn't fit into the bays and I didn't want them to mess things up anyway. I explained to them how it needed to be lifted and showed them the lift points They were great! They asked me to watch them and asked all along the way if this was OK.

You can get a ramp but they did it quickly and safely. I think you just need to be assertive and let them know what you expect.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:43 PM   #5
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I've done an emergency tire change with nothing but a chunk of 4"X4" and a 2' piece of 2"x8". Just pull one tire up the ramp until the other is off the ground, and make the change.

I've subsequently had all the tires switched out to Goodyear Marathons. In the process they had problems with some of the lug nuts and were concerned about possibly twisting off one or more studs. One might consider having a total set of new replacement lug nuts to put on when you have your tires replaced. It could save you much grief in the future. (needless to say, if they are tight enough, and tough enough to get off that the tire shop is concerned about twisting them off, they may be too hard for an individual to get them off with the standard manual tire wrench/socket in an emergency.)

The tire shop I used spent substantial time "chasing" the threads on a large number of the studs before they could actually put on the new tires.
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Yes, the one jack point will raise both wheels on that side.
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In the 12 years I have owned my 30ft. Dual Axel 1994 FK Excella I have had to change a tire a couple of times on the road due to a blow out. In my little tool box on the front of the trailer I carry a 12 inch piece of 4x4 with one end cut on a 45* angle. When I have a blow out, I loosen the lug nuts on the bad wheel... then back or pull the other wheel up onto the 4x4 which gets the bad tire off the ground high enough to get it off.

Before leaving on any trip... or departed for the day's ride... I also also check the air pressure of all the tires (when cold) AND the spare. I carry a small portable air compressor in the back of my truck for this purpose. When boondocking, I also have a Honda 2000 Generator to run the air compressor if I need to.

For tires, I try to deal exclusively with Discount Tires whenever possible. They are very honest (as I know from experience when they once overcharged me and a manager caught it a week later and refunded my overpayment) and competitively priced.
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I use the Andersen levelers. They make leveling and lifting for tire work painless. Andersen-3604 Camper Leveler: Automotive

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