Using the spare tire. It’s something you rarely think about until the very moment you need it. And, then you figure out where it’s stored and HOPE that sucker actually has air in it. While rigging the trailer up for a quick spot move, I noticed the air was a little low in one of our tires. Upon inspection, I found that it wasn’t just low, the tire was peeling apart.
This is one of four Goodyear Marathon tires we have on the trailer. Now, that peeling isn’t a good sign and I’m glad I was able to spot the problem before we set out on a long stretch and suffered a blowout. Upon research, it seems this particular brand and series of tires suffers from these problems. I may have to just get all new ones. But, for now, I’ll just put the spare on and take this one in for a replacement.
Before we embarked, I knew sooner or later, it was going to happen. I would have to change a tire on the side of the highway, or in this case, a campground. LUCKY. I prepared by buying a few tools to make changing a tire on the tandem axle a somewhat quick and easy process.
If you have a tandem axle trailer, I suggest you buy one of these Trailer-Aid devices. It sure beats using an old rusty, leaky, or perhaps even missing due to misplacing, floor jack. I also had a nice tire iron that folds for storage.
I can’t say I’m happy I had to change a tire but it sure beats doing it out on the highway. A quick tire change, a little sweat and a cold beer makes Arizona a fine place. Cheers.