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Old 06-30-2012
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Re: changing tire on trailer with boat on trailer

Definately place the jack under the axle, not the trailer frame.
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Re: changing tire on trailer with boat on trailer

In addition to keeping it simple, it is generally accepted for most applications that wheel lugs go on DRY.. otherwise you run the risk of over-torque. Anti-seize, although not a full blown lubricant is NOT recommended. Your torque wrench settings are assuming metal on metal contact with no lubricant.
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Re: changing tire on trailer with boat on trailer

Those of you who think jack stands are overcomplicating life, have probably never seen a jack fail or a vehicle fall off a jack. If the ground is a little sandy, or not level, or the load not balanced, or the jack simply defective...a pair of jack stands is damn cheap insurance compared to having a boat fall on you.

And while torque specs are based on "dry/dry" there are compensations for using antiseize. If you've never had a stud snap off, often because some highly trained pro simply had his impact gun set on "max", or been unable to change a tire on the road because the stud was frozen, count yourself lucky. In 25 years of checking my car tires (when I mount the snows) I've found that only one shop actually torqued the wheels properly after removing them for a state inspection. Only one shop in 25 years, and at maybe 10 shops. Including a major service chain and a dealership. And I'm not talking about being off by 10%, they're usually been off by about 100%.

A little cheap insurance is a good thing, but if you'd rather rely on luck, go ahead. Luck is all it takes.
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Re: changing tire on trailer with boat on trailer

OP here, well that was anti-climatic as I hoped/expected. Two new tires in place, I'll be ordering two more on Monday. I won't bother with the details, with that said I agree a little insurance goes along way. The reason for posting the question in the first place.

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Re: changing tire on trailer with boat on trailer

yep simple... axle jack on the axle in question, loosen the lug nuts, jack away, change the tire, snug the lugs, lower, tighten the lugs, remove jack.. DONE... there is so MUCH lead in that keel, it's a NON-issue, COG is way lower than it looks.
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