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Flat Tire repair

Unread postby kilbrider on Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:33 am

As I am still relatively new to the whole trailering experience, I am wondering what everybody carries with them to fix a flat tire on the TT. I know that some use road side assistance, but what about everbody else? Do you carry a dedicated jack for the trailer, use the TV jack or use some other method?

I have seen ads for this type of product http://www.trailer-parts-forless.com/tr ... d_jack.htm and was wondering if it a viable option?
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby wintek on Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:23 pm

I have a small bottle jack. Still new in box as I never had to use it and hopefully never will. Just received a tip from my tire man the other day. He adds 3 psi more than needed in spare to accomidate the natural slow loss of pressure. Premise being it's easier to let air out than put it in. Good tip for those of us who don't check spare as often as we should.
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby mikhen on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:19 pm

I have my small floor jack in the TT along with a lug wrench. Haven't had to use them yet.
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:18 pm

I have a bottle jack and carry 2X10's for leveling, if I had a flat and if the jack wouldn't do it you can roll the good tire on the 2X10's lifting the flat tire far enough to change it. But....more than likely I'll call AAA 8-)
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby skipnchar on Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:40 pm

The Wood Tinker wrote:I have a bottle jack and carry 2X10's for leveling, if I had a flat and if the jack wouldn't do it you can roll the good tire on the 2X10's lifting the flat tire far enough to change it. But....more than likely I'll call AAA 8-)

That's the method I've used for many years for duel axle trailers. I finally broke down and purchased a set of linex leveling blocks that I use JUST for that purpose. they seem like WAY too much trouble to use for just leveling but when the extra height is needed for raising a wheel they work great. Just remember that in some cases you may need to disconnect the trailer from the truck to actually raise the FRONT tire off of the ground (or at least I do).
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby catmom on Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:49 pm

We carry our Good Sam ERS card. Have had to use it a couple times on the road, back in our PUP days.
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby kilbrider on Mon May 05, 2008 7:18 pm

Just as a follow up, I got a reply back from Crossroads and, at least for my ST26RK, this is what they had to say regarding the use of a "SmartJak" type gizmo:

"Your email was forwarded to our service manager for his evaluation. He said that if you choose to buy this product you will still need a jack because the other tire will stay down because of the equalizer system on your unit. It would have the same affect as going over a bump in the road."
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby Limey on Mon May 05, 2008 7:26 pm

kilbrider wrote:Just as a follow up, I got a reply back from Crossroads and, at least for my ST26RK, this is what they had to say regarding the use of a "SmartJak" type gizmo:

"Your email was forwarded to our service manager for his evaluation. He said that if you choose to buy this product you will still need a jack because the other tire will stay down because of the equalizer system on your unit. It would have the same affect as going over a bump in the road."


I disagree with that! It depends on how high you lift the one wheel off the road. I had a flat on my JayFlight a few years back, and while not having a SmartJak gizmo, I ran the one good wheel up on some blocking timber and the flat came right off the ground. Looking at SmartJak website I would say it would work - however, lumber is a lot cheaper! :mrgreen:
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Re: Flat Tire repair

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Mon May 05, 2008 9:44 pm

Just got home from a 4 day trip and found a nail in the sidewall of my TT tire!!!!!!!!
Got out the bottle jack and put on the spare and now I'll have to get a new to replace it. I HATE when that happens!
The tire did not go flat but you can see a tear in the rubber....not taking any chances. 8-)
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