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    Changing tires

    quick question....
    Any tricks to jacking up a 5th wheel?
    On my TT I would put the jack on the frame next to the wheel... Same for the 5ver?
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    Yes, this is what they recommend, put jack on frame not on axles.
    If changing a tire on the side of the road (thankfully not on our Reflection yet, but several times on our old TT) we would drive the good tire up on leveling boards high enough to let the wheel with the flat hang in the air to change it. Easier and quicker when traffic is zipping by at 70 mph.
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    I carry a "Trailer Aid" which is a two level ramp type device that allows you to pull the good tire up and raise the problem tire off the pavement. I have had to use mine twice on the side of the Interstate. Allows you to change tires rather quickly. I also carry a bottle jack and some small blocking in case it's needed. Prefer not to use a jack if possible. The side gusts from the semi's scares the heck out me.
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    I have use the Trailer Aid ramp, easy and safe

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    I have a trailer aid plus and tried it at home in my driveway, it wasn't tall enough to lift the other tire off the ground on my 369RL
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    Guess I better try my new Trailer Aid before I hit the road.
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    Regarding the Trailer Aid. Depending on the slope or uneveness of the shoulder you may need a jack to get that final clearance off the ground. The Trailer Aid is great but sometimes you may need some extra lift. Thats why I carry some blocking and a bottle jack. On the two flats that I had with my 30ft Arctic Fox 5th wheel the Trailer Aid did the job with no jack required. I have not tried it with my 337. These larger 5th wheels may require a jack to get that last bit of clearance.
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    I'd be worried about putting added weight on one wheel
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    I've been watching this thread with interest. I have watched tire shops and RV dealers lift the wheels by the axles. I know Lippert does not suggest this, but does anyone know the reason why? It seems to me that if you lift at the shackle, you are not putting anymore force on the axle than when going down the road. Thoughts?

    Jim

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    Hi Jim,

    Excellent question, I have been following this thread and wondering the same thing. It has always been my experience that lifting (other types of) vehicles by the axle near or at the spring attachments, is the safest. I made an axle saddle for one of my bottle jacks. (I already had this jack . . . I realize 20 tons is a "little" more than required). So, if I lift the axle 2", the tire is off the ground and there is little or no added twisting action on the frame. The only problem I can see with this plan is that it looks like the jack will be in the way for adjusting the brakes.

    Rob

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