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How to Replace a Tire On a Dual Axle Trailer | RV Safety Tips and Tricks
How to Replace a Tire On a Dual Axle Trailer, Safely

How to Replace a Tire On a Dual Axle Trailer, Safely

Travel trailer with flat tireYou’re on a camping trip, or you’re just getting ready to leave, and you discover that you have a flat tire on your trailer.

Well, I was searching on the internet the other day looking for information on this subject and found this cool, time-saving, safe and cost effective way to replace a tire on a dual axle trailer, safely, without calling a professional or use a jack.

Here it is, step by step.

  1. First, make sure that your trailer is attached to your tow vehicle and there are no wheel chocks are under the Wheels.
  2. Place 3 pieces of 2 X 6, about 2-2 1/2 feet long, on top of each other and in front of (if you are pulling the trailer to replace the back), or behind (if you are backing it up to replace the front).  You could also use a combination of square plastic leveler blocks to do the same thing.
  3. Before you move the trailer make sure that the trailer jack is raised off the ground so as not to bend or break it.
  4. Now, pull forward or back up, the good tire up onto the blocks or pieces of 2 X 6. Have someone standing at the tires to guide you  into the right position.
  5. Stop the engine, chock the tires on the opposite side of the trailer and the wheel on the blocks, (or 2 X 6’s), to prevent the possibility of the trailer rolling when you unhitch from the truck.
  6. Your tire should not be all the way off the ground yet.  Take advantage of this and loosen the lug nuts on the tire a little, but don’t remove completely.
  7. Now, using the trailer jack,  raise the front end of the trailer just enough to get the tire of the ground.
  8. Take the lug nuts off, remove the tire and replace with the new one.  Put on the lug nuts and tighten just a bit before lowering the trailer so the wheel touches the ground again.  Tighten the nuts properly and finish lowering the trailer back onto the hitch ball of the truck.
  9. Remove the chock blocks, raise the jack, until it is safely off the ground, take the trailer off the blocks and you’re good to go.  If your staying put then put the chock blocks back under the wheels and then you can safely unhitch the trailer.  JOB DONE

I hope this has been a help to you and until the next blog, Happy trails and have a good trip.

P.S.  Here is a YouTube video I think will help as well.  it’s pretty simple.

Travel Trailer Tire Change

How to change a Travel Trailer Tire in the field, away from home, without a jack.

 

Happy Camping everyone and stay safe.

4 thoughts on “How to Replace a Tire On a Dual Axle Trailer, Safely

  1. My uncle drives a trailer every time he needs to transport building materials for his construction projects. I like how you pointed out that you should make sure that your trailer is off when you get a flat tire and needs to be replaced. It would be a great idea to find a commercial truck repair company in case he needs their services in the future.

    1. First of all, glad you found my website and found this article helpful. I don’t know how important it would be to drop a transport trailer but, what I do know is that when it comes to travel trailers, especially, lifting the trailer to replace a flat puts a lot of extra stress on the hitch area. For the amount of time it takes to drop the travel trailer (which is only a couple of minutes), it’s totally worth doing so in order to avoid any further possible damage. Better to do the job the right way instead of taking short cuts that could be costly.

      I would agree with you on the second item as well. If one is not confident in changing a tire, it would be much safer to use something like a commercial truck repair company or, in the case of a travel trailer or other RV, Calling a tow company or someone like CAA or USAA would be the best option.

      Thanks for leaving the comment, Derek.

      Happy Camping and stay safe,
      Wayne

  2. Ey there Wayne, absolutely love this post… outstanding information for anyone pulling a two axle trailer. We always carry a ton of custom firewood, usually 2×6’s, scraps from the lumber yard so this would work perfectly for us! Cannot thank ya’ enough for some excellent information!!! Keep up the great work partner!!!

    Randy

    1. Thanks for the comment Randy and I’m glad the info was helpful. There would be nothing worse than being stuck somewhere with a flat tire and having to wait hours for a tow truck when you could have fixed the problem yourself and been on your way in 30 min. or less. It also works with those plastic levelers you can buy at your local dealer.

      Happy Trails, Wayne

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