How Do I Change Travel Trailer Tires?

How Do I Change Travel Trailer Tires?
Traveling on unpaved roads can leave travel trailer tires worn and prone to damage. Change tires that appear damaged to avoid a rollover, which can occur if a blowout occurs on a single-axle trailer. A sudden shift in weight from a blown tire can cause such an accident.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wheel chock
  • Lug wrench
  • Jack
Step 1
Park the travel trailer on level ground.
Step 2
Wedge a wheel chock against the tire opposite the one you want to change, to help keep the trailer from rolling.
Step 3
Loosen the lug nuts on the tire you want to change, using the lug wrench. Don't unscrew the lug nuts completely.
Step 4
Place the jack under the travel trailer's undercarriage, close to the axle, and lift the trailer with the jack. Lift the trailer just high enough for you to be able to turn the wheel and tire.
Step 5
Unscrew the lug nuts with the lug wrench and remove the wheel and tire from the travel trailer.
Step 6
Install the new wheel and tire on the travel trailer by placing the small holes in the wheel over the bolts in the wheel.
Step 7
Screw the lug nuts back on with lug wrench.
Step 8
Lower the travel trailer with the jack.
Step 9
Remove the wheel chock.

Tips & Warnings

 
Check the tires on your travel trailer regularly.
 
Lifting the travel trailer any higher than is needed to turn the wheel and tire could throw off the vehicle's weight and cause it to tip over.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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