Trucks & Trailers - Changing wheels/tires on trailer

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Hollywood9s
03-16-2011, 05:19 PM
Guys, i just ordered a new set of puuuurty aluminum wheels to put on my trailer (08 Venture tandem axle, with torsion suspension).
Two of the wheels will come with tires mounted on them, and the other 2 without tires, so i will be switching two of the tires that are currenty on the trailer onto two of the new rims.

What's the best way to jack the trailer up so i don't screw anything up when swapping the new wheels/tires over?
Can it be done safely with the boat still on the trailer?


Parthery
03-16-2011, 05:34 PM
I'd take it to a tire shop....they will have two floor jacks and jack up the trailer. Remove the wheels, dismount and remount the tires, and you are on your way.

Whatever you do, spend a few bucks and get all 4 balanced before you put them on. The difference will be noticable.

SHAMROCK69
03-16-2011, 05:36 PM
I prefer Redneck style. For the fronts if I block the front wheel then lower it I can raise it enough to lift front axle off ground. For rears I drive up on 4 x 4 laid on top of a 2 x 6 and this is enough to hang rear axle. I do this more cause I am worried about dropping it off the jack.


rwidman
03-17-2011, 06:57 AM
Guys, i just ordered a new set of puuuurty aluminum wheels to put on my trailer (08 Venture tandem axle, with torsion suspension).
Two of the wheels will come with tires mounted on them, and the other 2 without tires, so i will be switching two of the tires that are currenty on the trailer onto two of the new rims.

What's the best way to jack the trailer up so i don't screw anything up when swapping the new wheels/tires over?
Can it be done safely with the boat still on the trailer?

Of course you can change the tires with the boat still on the trailer. Eventually, you will do this on a rainy night, in the dark, alongside a busy road, so it's a good idea to practice it in the comfort of your own driveway during the day.

I bought a small hydraulic bottle jack. Make sure you buy one that's rated for at least half the weight of your boat and trailer. There's no harm in getting a higher capacity jack. Bottle jacks don't have a large range and you may be jacking the boat up on soft ground someday, so get a couple pieces of 2"X8" lumber about a foot long each.

Block the opposite side of the trailer so it can't roll. Leaving it attached to the tow vehicle is a good idea.

Stack the lumber under the axle of the trailer or the frame as near to the axle as possible. Place the jack under the frame or axle. Add or remove lumber as necessary. Loosen the lug nuts (this is the time when you find out if the tow vehicle's wrench also fits the trailer).

Jack it up and change the tire(s). Tighten the lug nuts and let it down. Retighten the lug nuts and put everything away.

(hint): Make sure the jack you get is short enough to fit under the jacking point when a tire is flat.

fish factory
03-17-2011, 03:00 PM
I like to use a bottle jack on I beam frame between two tires.
No need to chock anything if trailer hooked to truck.

DoubleO7
03-18-2011, 02:55 PM
Make sure the new rims do not require some oddball lugnut shape.
And do not let the 300lb guy at the tire shop install the rims with their 150psi, 3/4" drive impact wrench.



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