So, my question is: How do you jack up your Casita? I mean, do you use your tow vehicle's jack, have a separate trailer-only jack, or what? My Spirit Deluxe is a high rise model and I know for sure that my nifty el cheapo floor jack won't go high enough.
And, while we're on the subject, if I were to order a couple of say, Kumhos, off the 'net and have 'em shipped, would I then tow my trailer to my friendly neighborhood tire merchant so they could swap out the ever-popular Marathons with the new tires that they would mount, or would I jack the egg up and haul the old tires in one at a time?
I know these may sound like silly questions, but I really want to know!
Hardly a dumb question...especially since it involves safety issues.
First, your Casita should be jacked up under the frame, NOT the axle
You have to take into consideration that the trailer will be sitting on the rim when you do the changing, so choose your jack accordingly. I don't believe that having a high-lift axle makes any difference.
It's safer to change the tire while you're hooked up, but it can be done either way. If you're not hooked up, just be sure your trailer is secured first.
You can go to your neighborhood tire center and have them order the tires for you (at no extra cost) so they can be delivered to their facility. When they arrive, you can take your trailer there to have them BALANCE the tires
, install METAL stems
, and mount the tires. Be sure to tell the technician to jack up the trailer under the frame! And don't leave there without your old Goodyears. They can fetch around $50-$60 on Craigslist. Boat trailer owners love 'em.
Or, you can order the tires yourself, have them delivered to your home or to the tire store (assuming you've given them notice to expect them), jack up the trailer on both sides, remove all of the tires* and head over to your local tire dealer. The benefit of this method is that it'll give you a chance to try out your jack(s).
* Order THREE Kumhos and switch out the spare, too. When you rotate your tires (some do this every 5,000 miles), include the spare.
Edited by ArizonaEileen, 21 April 2010 - 02:50 AM.