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Old 12-08-2015, 03:46 PM   #1
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New member here! First time fifth wheel owner and have a question. I have a 2001 Dutchmen Fifth ave with triple axles. I had it delivered to my campsite and now have a bad valve stem on the most forward tire. How can I safely change the tire without a tow vehicle? I have yet to get a hitch installed in my truck as of yet. Help a newbie out!! Thanks
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Old 12-08-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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If you don't already have bottle jacks or any way to raise the trailer... call a mobile tire service, like those that come to change tires for 18-wheelers on the interstate. They'll come right to your rig, and have everything necessary to do the job.
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Old 12-08-2015, 04:50 PM   #3
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Do you have levelers? Put some wood under them and raise the trailer. If not, Tom's alternative is all you have left. FYI, perhaps it's not the stem but just the removable valve? Try tightening or replacing. Had it happen on my truck. Just bent the valve while trying to fill the tire. $1.00 fix. Worth a try?
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:09 PM   #4
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Mark, I have used the levelers on my 3895, and didn't add any blocks before lifting, well I ended having one of the jacks start leaking, I think from lifting to high, if you want to use your levelers, place a couple blocks under, so the jack doesn't extend all the way…..I use Bottle jacks, if I am in a safe place, if I have trouble on the highway, I will use the leveler jacks..
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:42 PM   #5
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If he has a 2001 5th wheel he isn't going to have hydraulic levers.
Mark you need to call a tire service or carry a bottle jack & lug wrench with you.
I have installed a air compressor on my truck so I carry a air bottle jack. You don't want to know how many tires I have changed on my Teton. Out in the middle of no where with no cell service a tire service isn't a option. Be prepared just like a good Boy Scout.
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Fix-a-flat?

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If he has a 2001 5th wheel he isn't going to have hydraulic levers...
That was my thinking also...
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Fix-a-flat?

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That wouldn't have worked on any of my Teton tires. All but one were major blowouts with no tire left to put air into.
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Have levelers, not the valve itself, checked. Do I just raise the front end??? I only have front hyd !
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New member here! First time fifth wheel owner and have a question. I have a 2001 Dutchmen Fifth ave with triple axles. I had it delivered to my campsite and now have a bad valve stem on the most forward tire. How can I safely change the tire without a tow vehicle? I have yet to get a hitch installed in my truck as of yet. Help a newbie out!! Thanks
Thanks for all the help guy's!!! I do have front electric levelers rear stabilizers!! Do I just raise the front, it is the front wheel that needs to come off! The valve stem is OK, It's the valve it self, small crack! All new tires with 2000 miles, former owner did damage to valve he said.
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It may not the miles, but their age might be the problem. Most RV tires never "wear out" but go bad with age. Our previous RV was a motorhome that had Michelin tires with the stickers still on them but had sun cracking on them. They looked brand new except for those unsightly cracks--kiind of like varicose veins.
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Old 12-09-2015, 01:19 AM   #13
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I have Good Sam roadside assistance. Got a flat at a truck stop on the way to FL on a Sunday evening. They had a service guy there in 45 minutes to put the spare on. Once I got to FL, changed all the tires using my F250's bottle jack, and the spare, one axel at a time. Not fun in the sand, but doable.

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That wouldn't have worked on any of my Teton tires. All but one were major blowouts with no tire left to put air into.
Sad thing is; that is what a lot of new cars are using for a spare tire!

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Sad thing is; that is what a lot of new cars are using for a spare tire!

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What spare?

AAA says car makers are eliminating spare tires | WREG.com

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I have Good Sam roadside assistance. Got a flat at a truck stop on the way to FL on a Sunday evening. They had a service guy there in 45 minutes to put the spare on. Once I got to FL, changed all the tires using my F250's bottle jack, and the spare, one axel at a time. Not fun in the sand, but doable.

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Mark Preacher - I suppose you could call Good Sam and sign up for their road service. While your on the phone and finished with the sign-up you could tell them to send out the service truck.
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New member here! First time fifth wheel owner and have a question. I have a 2001 Dutchmen Fifth ave with triple axles. I had it delivered to my campsite and now have a bad valve stem on the most forward tire. How can I safely change the tire without a tow vehicle? I have yet to get a hitch installed in my truck as of yet. Help a newbie out!! Thanks
As already mentioned try replacing the valve stem first.
Fix-a-flat will not likely work with a bad valve stem.

Your 5ver should sit at the campsite fine on five tires so no rush.
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Change all the valve stems with the medal ones
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