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Default Changing tire on loaded triple axle trailer

Best way to jack up a loaded triple (torsion) axle trailer to change a flat? 36YF At prob 16k loaded. I’ve seen the easy lift, and other ramps for dual axle trailers but pretty sure this isn’t going to work on torsion axle if you need to change front or rear tire. Also, wouldn’t want to put that much load on one axle. Bottle jack doesn’t lift high enough, maybe with a hunk of 6x6?

Who's done it, and what do you use?
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I use a 20 ton bottle jack, a 12” piece of 1/4” plate steel and some boards. You can get away with a piece of LVL for the base support. Very simple.
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Use wooden 4x4 block, put in front of one good nearby tire, pull trailer with truck onto said block
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Originally Posted by unobtanium View Post
Use wooden 4x4 block, put in front of one good nearby tire, pull trailer with truck onto said block
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Originally Posted by unobtanium View Post
Use wooden 4x4 block, put in front of one good nearby tire, pull trailer with truck onto said block
Not quite sure 4” will be enough on a torsion axle, maybe if I ratchet strap the torsion axle to the trailer 1st?
Either of you done this with a 4x4 on my setup?
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Not quite sure 4” will be enough on a torsion axle, maybe if I ratchet strap the torsion axle to the trailer 1st?
Either of you done this with a 4x4 on my setup?
I've Done it with an 28' enclosed trailer (duel Torsion axle).
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Originally Posted by OffshoreApparel.com View Post
Not quite sure 4” will be enough on a torsion axle, maybe if I ratchet strap the torsion axle to the trailer 1st?
Either of you done this with a 4x4 on my setup?
With torsion axle you can take one side rim off and drive away, with springs you have to strap them
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I took several rough sawn 2x8 boards and screwed them together then took a chainsaw and cut a drivable angle on both ends. Don’t cut the screws and make them fit between the tires. With a triple you can drive up on two wheels. Loosen lug nuts first.
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I keep 2 EZ Jacks in the truck when towing my triple torsion axle trailer. I cut one of them short enough that it can fit between two tires/axles when the trailer is loaded. With a single flat I can raise the trailer with EZ Jacks under two axles/tires adequately to easily change the flat with no other jack required. Just takes minutes. Expensive up front, but for a trip we made round trip from Louisiana to S. Florida quite a while back where we went through 5 tires it was priceless.
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I carry 2x8 pieces of wood long enough to reach 2 axles and drive good wheels up on them. My boat/trailer is 12k and 2 or 3 stacked up are always enough to lift the flat tire off the ground. If your boards are long enough for 2 axles and you need to change the center one just pull forward till the front and center wheel are on the boards, then place more behind the rear wheel and back up till the center wheel is hanging between the two stacks.
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get you a battery powered impact wrench as well!
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
get you a battery powered impact wrench as well!
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Originally Posted by OffshoreApparel.com View Post
Not quite sure 4” will be enough on a torsion axle, maybe if I ratchet strap the torsion axle to the trailer 1st?
Either of you done this with a 4x4 on my setup?

Drive on the 4x4s and then use a jack. On my triple axle the 4xs won’t get the third tire all the way off the ground but close. So I drive on them then use a jack for the rest of the way. Takes a lot of the load off.
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Originally Posted by unobtanium View Post
Use wooden 4x4 block, put in front of one good nearby tire, pull trailer with truck onto said block
Yup. no jack in my truck. Block of wood and a 4 way
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I have changed a middle tire on my triple torsion axle in my gravel driveway.
12T bottle jack under the trailer frame at the rear axle, raised it up just enough to get the tire off, worked like a charm.
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Originally Posted by unobtanium View Post
Use wooden 4x4 block, put in front of one good nearby tire, pull trailer with truck onto said block
This won't work with really heavy boats. A 20t bottle jack sitting on a 4x4 always works.
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I have a couple scissor jacks(like the ones the use in RVs to stabilize) from Harbor freight . 3/4” socket on my cordless 1/2” impact. Wham off the ground in 2 seconds. The jacks don’t last long but there FAST and convenient
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
This won't work with really heavy boats. A 20t bottle jack sitting on a 4x4 always works.
id go bottle jack or a harbor freight floor jack i can just throw in the back of the truck! have tried the block method with heavy loads and as caj said it usually wont work with any kind of heavy load! light stuff sure but heavy not so much!
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Depends on what tire goes flat.

I've had a flat (right rear) on my triple and didn't need a jack or any other device. Pulled to the side of the expressway, backed until the rear was almost off the shoulder, took off lug nuts, backed the rest of the way (maybe 2 inches), remove, replace, reverse process.

Also carried bottle jacks, 4x4s, extra bearings, and assorted other spare parts; but, hey, sometimes you get lucky.
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Here’s what I have used for my 36’ Yellowfin.
It gives me about 6 1/2 inches of lift.







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