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Message posted by billy on 19/9/2006 at 7:55pm
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--another basic question from soon to be caravan owner--how do you change a wheel--is there a jack--or can you get wheel clear of ground by winding down the corner stays?--cheers--

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A simple 2 ton bottle jack will do the trick as long as it is placed on the proper jacking points as specified in the handbook.

Thats what I use as I found the trolly jack to large for storage.

You can buy a proper jack from a dealer for alko chassis but be prepared to 60+.

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noooo, dont lift the wheel clear with the corner steadies, they aint designed for it mate and you`ll twist the chassis or damage the legs.

ALWAYS use a jack. buy a bottle jack , dont take up so much room and reasonably light. dont rely on a scissor jack if you are `lucky` enough to even get one with your van.

wind the legs down once its jacked up high enough by all means, but dont put weight on them. be careful that the legs on the opposite side to the one your jacking up are off the ground or you will do damage as you jack up.

hope this helps.


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Keep the van attached to the car.


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Quote: Originally posted by shooie on 19/9/2006

Keep the van attached to the car.



Are you sure?
I presume you remove the stabiliser. Wouldn't the van lift at an angle?
I've always had the van disconnected from the car.

Message posted by michael on 19/9/2006 at 9:36pm
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Are you sure?
yes once you lift a caravan,a caravan can twist and turn away from you.i know it happened to me.you learn by your mistakes.if it twist this will also pull it from the jack or stand.[:(]

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Hi all, The most important factor to remember when you get a puncture either on the car or caravan is to try to get the unit to a safe part of road if at all possible. Then if you can do that get all passengers out to a safe place too.

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Hi all, The most important factor to remember when you get a puncture either on the car or caravan is to try to get the unit to a safe part of road if at all possible. Then if you can do that get all passengers out to a safe place too

agree fully[:o)]



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Then pull your kids close to you to make sure there safe whilst the wife, who wanted the caravan jacks it up and changes the wheel...

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Just to add a bit of confusion to the topic... according to the handbook for my 'new to me' Trophy Agillic the corner steadies can be used to raise the caravan enough to change a wheel. The lifting has to be done on one side and a little at a time on each steady. I wouldn't recommend it, though...

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Thanks all--film was very helpful--

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Message posted by Basilbrush on 20/9/2006 at 9:43pm
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I always carry some 3x2 about a foot long. I put this in front of the flat tyre & pull the van up onto it. This gives enough ground clearance to get my Trolley Jack under the AXLE of the caravan. I also carry a short length of steel tube to put over the end of my wheel spanner in case the nuts are too tight.

I'd also advise you to put safety first & if need be, do as I did once & drive a few hundred yards to a lay by to change the wheel.

You'll find the trolley jack very handy on site for levelling the van from side to side & the wood handy to put under the low wheel to keep it level. I carry several pieces of wood of various thickness for this purpose. Some worry about the weight of the trolley jack but I'd rather have the jack than the shopping. A pack of lager won't jack the van up.

I strongly suggest you consider fitting TYRON safety bands in your tyres, they're 65-75 a wheel but well worth it. They do the job they claim to do very well.

Take care.

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I've towed for 23 years and never had a flat tyre yet so not sure I would call 150 for a set of Tyron safety bands 'well worth it'.  What is worth it is checking that your spare wheel will fit - especially if you change caravans.  A mate of mine had a puncture a couple of years ago and when he tried to fit the spare he found the stud holes were in wring place!  This got me thinking so I checked the spare wheel I was carrying - lo and behold it was wrong as well.  I had been given the rim by a friend and it did fit the first van I had - didn't think to check when got new one so had been carrying a useless spare wheel around for 15 years!!

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Hi, Yes very good tip, Westmorland....must check mine too....


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