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Old 05-31-2006, 08:06 AM   #15
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Over the years I have found a small bottle Jack, some pieces of 1"x6" wood , a four way lug wrench and a small shovel have allowed me to change a tire in any location. I once lost a wheel. Found it in the woods but had to jack trailer off the ground wood and a bottle jack did the trick. as far as tires any good tire shop can fix you right up . C load if what I have on my 5thwheel Scamp.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:16 AM   #16
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Over the years I have found a small bottle Jack, some pieces of 1"x6" wood , a four way lug wrench and a small shovel have allowed me to change a tire in any location. I once lost a wheel. Found it in the woods but had to jack trailer off the ground wood and a bottle jack did the trick. as far as tires any good tire shop can fix you right up . C load if what I have on my 5thwheel Scamp.
Good Luck and most of all enjoy
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Thanks to all of your tips, our trip to pickup our Scamp this weekend went very well! We brought tires up with us and had Walmart change them out for $20 (I prewarned them about where to jack up the trailer). We towed it over 600 miles without any problems, and now it's safely in our backyard, getting a makeover.

I have the trailer's frame resting on two of those tiny jacks (bottle jacks, like Taylor mentioned?)- which were inside the trailer when we bought it used- to take the weight off the tires while it's parked. Seems to work really well. I'd imagine that would work fine if we needed to take a tire off to change it.
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:08 AM   #17
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Over the years I have found a small bottle Jack, some pieces of 1"x6" wood , a four way lug wrench and a small shovel have allowed me to change a tire in any location. I once lost a wheel. Found it in the woods but had to jack trailer off the ground wood and a bottle jack did the trick. as far as tires any good tire shop can fix you right up . C load if what I have on my 5thwheel Scamp.
Good Luck and most of all enjoy
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The tire size for an '85 Scamp is 175,80,13 load range B, C has a higher load rating and would work just as well, but requires a higher pressure (and I find, costs less). Just be sure they are TRAILER tires. Just picked up an '85 in Alabama and pulled it to Texas, about 850 miles. My van didn't come with a jack, just got a sissors jack at WallyWorld for in case. Figured if I had it I wouldn't need it, but if I didn't have it, I'd wind up in trouble. Ergo, no trouble.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:21 PM   #18
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I am travelling a distance this weekend to purchase a used 13' 1985 Scamp this weekend (Yay!), and I am trying to verify the tire size so that I can put new tires on it before I tow it back home. Does anyone know if the tires for all 13' Scamps over the years (especially 1985) are the same, 13" B rating?

Also, I'm wondering if my Toyota Sienna '05 car jack will suffice in case I need to change a flat on the Scamp during my journey (I read in the online manual that you need to use a jack other than the one equipped on the trailer for tire-changing purposes)?
I think that the tires for the 13' and 16' are the same except the 13' is a B range rather than C. The factory recommended I replace the bias ply tires on our '99 Scamp with Goodyear 175 80 R13 radial load range C. The jack I use is a common scissor jack which I also use to stabilize the rear of the trailer when the leveler jacks on the rear bumper are too long to use (when backed into an incline). I prob. could use the Durango jack without problem but I sure don't want to leave it with the trailer when it's parked and we are using the tug to look around.
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:44 PM   #19
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...My Boler has very common Dexter hubs with 5 bolts, and the studs are 1/2" thread (which was the common practice for at least 1/2-ton pickup trucks before metric threads); the nuts require a 13/16" socket. The Sienna nuts need a 21 mm wrench (socket), and are presumably a 12 mm (probably M12x1.5) thread. That means a separate wrench is required, as Suz mentioned...
Some of you were probably thinking: "doesn't he know 13/16" and 21 mm are the same size?" Indeed, they are very close (13/16" is 20.6375 mm), and I found some 1/2-20 nuts (for a Chev pickup) in my toolbox which were actually labeled as 21 mm hex size. I test-fit some sockets on various nuts, and found that the two sizes interchange reasonably well, although the tightest of my 13/16" sockets (there is significant tolerance in these things) barely goes on the Sienna's 21 mm nuts.

So two observations:
  • I found that one socket serves both my van and my Boler, if required, despite the tug being metric. This likely works for many of our tow vehicles, since many have M12 studs.
  • For an even better match, nuts for the trailer (1/2" thread, 20 threads per inch) with a 21 mm hex (like M12 metric wheel nuts) are (or were) available.
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Old 06-04-2006, 11:50 PM   #20
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For a jack, I've gone to what is called aquick change tire jack, which greatly simplifies trying to dig out the car jack when travelling. I would only use this jack when connected to the tow vehicle, but it is great!

http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/catalog/page...567&pageNum=488

See item 735073. I first saw it advertised in a Bass Pro Shops catalog.

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Old 06-05-2006, 08:31 AM   #21
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Hi ,

The original manual for my '77 Boler says, approximately, "to change a tire, just use your car bumper jack (italics mine). Even at an RV service shop I prompted them to use their floor jack at the bumper. It works fine.
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Old 06-06-2006, 07:53 AM   #22
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...Jack the trailer up using the frame. Usually the best place is right in front (or behind if you have a leading arm axle rather than trailing arm) the axle bracket.
Thanks, Roger! I always knew that I had to jack mine up behind the axle, but I never knew why. Now I do!

Boy, Rog, you're just a wealth of information!
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