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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:04 am    Post subject: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin'.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have been using my 18 ft (I think) 2-axle flat trailer for several years. Factors people may overlook have come to mind:
[A] If you have a small 12 volt air compressor, will it reach from your 12 volt receptacle in the truck all the way to the flat tire? Either the wire or the hose needs to be plenty long!
[B] Do you have a spare tire that FOR SURE fits the trailer, and can you GET TO the tire? If planning to use the spare from underneath the truck, practice removing it from the truck. May be not so easy!! Also be sure your spare fits trailer.
[C] Can you jack up the trailer? Practice with WHATEVER JACK YOU PLAN TO USE, and do this on bad ground like you may be parked on at an event. If planning to use the truck's jack, can you get it out of the truck?? (My Silverado's jack is a nuisance to get out from under the back seat). Will the jack work if the trailer is on soft ground or hilly? Carry wood blocks.
[D]Can you get the trailer wheel hubcaps off with tools you will have with you? I use a 6 inch crowbar with 90 degree bend at the end, bought just for that purpose.

Dennis M. in W. Tenn.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good points Dennis!

I don't normally worry too much nowdays about having a 12v compressor with me, as my spare and all tires/wheels are brand new. However, when I take the 12v compressor with, I also have a 15' hose extension. It has a tire valve on one end of the hose, and the end of my (current) compressor has a locking attachment that clamps to tire valve. I find this works much better as 1) the air hose is much tougher than small electrical wires and 2) that it is better to extend the air hose rather than extending the electrical. To extend electrical, you should really use a size larger wire over what the compressor has.

Eventually I want to install an air system on both my trucks not only for filling tires, but for running air tools and having air horns. Just don't know that I travel enough to justify the costs. ...And no, I don't like those little electric air horns that use the tiny little compressor. If I have air horns, it'll be like what I had on my '76 Ford truck. Sounded like a freight train! *lol*
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I built a lockable tool box into the front frame of my trailer. Chains, binders, dedicated jack, blocking, and wheel wrench always in there.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I carry spare on trailer and have a toolbox for chains ,binders, straps,jack, lug wrench, and chocks. I also carry blocking of differant
sizes and plates of steel to put under jack or jack stand if needed.I carry small tools in toolbox in bad of truck.

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:05 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have spares for both my 32' gooseneck
and 20' tongue hitch. Carry tools in
both my dually and F250. Figure the
truck jacks will work on trailer.
Generally will be able to "limp" the
dual wheel trailer to a tire shop on
the single. Don't change on roadside
if I don't have to.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I carry a spare, and it is aired up.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I carry one of those steel ramps with a lower center so I can break the nuts loose and then pull the other wheel on that side up on it. Of course that only works if you have more than one wheel on a side.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

good thread! I always have my spare on the neck of my goose neck, air gets checked every trip just like the four on the ground do. Also have another mounted spare that I take in the truck bed if traveling too far, saves me from having to buy a tire on the road at some god awful price on Saturday afternoon in the middle of nowhere! My last names Murphy, and if I have one flat and use my spare, the second flat will be the next day when no one is open! I keep a 20 ton low pro hydraulic jack with plenty of cribbing, because I only have flats fully loaded.
I also have a set of bearings & cups pre-greased,8 lug nuts,spindle nut and keeper,wheel seal and one set of shoes. I've only had to use the bearings one time in 20 years, but have given them to other tractor people and RV'ers on the side of the road several times. I guess I get carried away sometimes, but I hate to call for help for something simple I could fix in a short time if I had the right stuff.
If you don't want to carry a set of bearings and such, at least write down the correct numbers and have in glove box so you know what numbers you need when looking for a set broke down!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:42 am    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't have much use for those 12 volt compressors. I carry one but only used it once on someone else's car when their spare was low. Other than that I check my tires and lights before I pull out of the driveway. So when I have a blowout, it's beyond what that thing can do. I always carry a spare and plenty of tools along with a cheap umbrella. Yeah I have that kinda luck. I've also never had a tire blow because I've hit something. Every tire I lost on the road was because the cheap junk tires came apart. They always look good and have great tread but separate and throw the tread off. Doesn't seem to matter what brand you buy. They're all junk now. My cousin was pulling a stock trailer a while ago when one came apart. He put the spare on and took off again only to have another come apart. He pulled over and looked at the tire only to notice the one beside was getting ready to come apart as well. He had to unhook the trailer go home and take the spares off of 2 other trailers. That was all he had so he had to pray the last surviving tire would make it home.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:26 am    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is he using trailer tires? If so, stop doing that and buy regular radial pickup tires.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can't tell you for sure about the stock trailer. They were the original tires when he bought the trailer new. Lasted a couple years and had very little mileage on them. I know for certain on his skid steer trailer he bought radial truck tires and had the same luck. Not 3 at once but one came apart and took part of the fender with it. I've run trailer tires and truck tires and haven't noticed much difference. They all seem to be junk. The tread looks good it just pulls apart from the tire.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:55 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just talked to 2 people in the last week had tires blow just like that, 2 years old or so, both were trailer specific tires. I've had a lot of bad luck with trailer rated tires over the years, which is why I asked.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My friend in Montana has gone to 16" load range G tires on his stock trailers. He said they seem to hold up better with all the off road and gravel road driving they do. Does anyone else have any experience with the heavier trailer tires?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:20 am    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I put some on my stock trailer last year. Haven't been on long
enough to form an opinion yet. I only live a couple miles from the
sale barn so hardly used. The tire dealer said they have had good
luck with them. They are the dreaded foreign made trailer tires.
They replaced expensive truck tires that didn't stand up. I guess
I'll see how well they work.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:29 am    Post subject: Re: are we prepared for a flat tire on trailer? Just sayin' Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you've found some that hold up better I would be willing to give them a try. Between my cousin and myself we just seem to have awful luck. Last year I put new airplane tires on my hay wagon. Got it out last week all of them flat and pulled away from the bead.
 
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