A trailer jack is often one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment among boat owners. Most agree that taking care of your boat is necessary, but most don’t pay much attention to the boat trailer, especially the tires. Taking care of the boat trailer tire is a necessity. Just like other aspects of your boat, you need to ensure that proper care and maintenance is focused on your boat trailer and tires. This article will provide you with instructions on how to safely and efficiently change a boat trailer tire with a trailer jack.
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE WHILE CHANGING YOUR VEHICLE’S TIRE
There are times when you’ll be left with no choice but to change your tire while the boat is already on the trailer. In times like this, the first thing you need to be certain of is the boat; you need to make sure the boat is well-secured. Skipping this step might lead to serious complications. Do not depend on the winch because the main reason why the winch is there is for the loading and unloading of the boat.
Make use of tie down straps to keep your boat from slipping off your trailer just the same way you would if you were hauling your boat on the road. The next step is to attach the trailer to a tow hitch if it isn’t already. This will provide you with additional stability whether or not there is load on the trailer.
Assuming you are changing your tire by the road side, make sure you are safely parked a safe distance off the road so that you can avoid getting hit by oncoming traffic. If possible, ensure that you are parked on a flat surface. Use wedges or chock blocks to hold your tires in place by placing them on the opposite side of the tire you are about to change. Ensure that the blocks are behind and before the wheels. This way your trailer will remain in one position as you change the tire.
USING A TRAILER JACK
The first step to changing the tire on your trailer with a trailer jack is by loosening the lug nuts with a lug nut wrench. It is recommended that you make use of an X-shaped lug wrench as it will be easier to use. Doing this before you lift the trailer is the best idea as it will allow the weight of the trailer to keep the wheel from spinning when you are turning the lug nuts. With that said, turn the wrench on each lug in a counterclockwise direction. After you have loosened each lug nut on the wheel with the flat tire, you are ready to use your Ready Jack.
Using the Ready Jack as your trailer jack will make your work a lot faster and easier than if you use other trailer jacks, such as a scissors jack. With this awesome trailer jack, you’ll be able to lift your trailer with little stress and exertion. Once you have followed the aforementioned steps, the next thing you’ll have to do is pull the pin that holds the Ready Jack in position on your trailer. Once you pull the pin, the Ready Jack will position itself in the ground so as to be able to lift the trailer. Let the lug nuts be loosen half a turn at this point. Now, simply drive your vehicle a little ways, say a foot or so; just a little bit to keep the wheel in a suspended position allowing for easy removal of the new wheel. Your trailer has just been lifted with the best, most convenient boat trailer tire jack on the market.
The next step now is to set your parking brake and put your wheel chocks behind and in front of the wheel. Ensure that’s it’s on the other side of the trailer with the flat tire. Once you have achieved this, take off the lug nuts from the wheel. Take out the flat tire and replace it with the new one. Tighten the lug nuts with your hand then use the lug nut wrench to securely tighten them using a star pattern. This will ensure that the wheel is well seated on the axle.
LOWER THE BOAT TRAILER
Once you have securely fitted the wheel to the axle, the next step is to safely bring down your boat trailer. To achieve this, all you have to do is remove the wheel chocks and release the parking brake. After this has been done, move your vehicle in the opposite direction, ensuring that the motion is slow and the direction is opposite from where you moved to when you lifted your boat trailer. Doing this will bring the trailer flat on the ground; once this has been achieved, stop your vehicle, put your gear in park, and set the parking brake of your vehicle.
What’s left to do now is to raise the Ready Jack to a high position; high enough to allow you insert the pin, which will hold the Ready Jack in position. Once this has been accomplished, you are good to go and ready to be on your way.
THE BEST BOAT TRAILER TIRE JACK
You have clearly seen how easy it is to use the Ready Jack. You can change your flat tire while towing your boat on a trailer in just five minutes. Also, you really won’t be stressing yourself at all. The only hard part about it is loosening the lug nuts, which is something you cannot miss out no matter what kind of trailer jack you are equipped with. If you have ever tried to lift a boat trailer using a scissors jack of any other kind of trailer jack at the side of the road, you will really appreciate how easy the Ready Jack is to use, not to mention how quickly you can change a flat tire on your trailer. Take a look at our shop now and get yourself the Ready Jack today.