trailer aid plus easily change rv tire

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Trailer Aid Plus is the easy way to change a tandem axle RV travel trailer or fifth wheel tire. It is fast and simple! You don’t even need a jack. Just drive your good tire up onto the Trailer Aid Plus and the other tire is lifted off of the ground.  That’s it!  Now you’re ready to change your tire.  

While the Trailer Aid Plus is one of those things you hope you’ll never need, if you find yourself on the side of the road with a flat on your trailer, you will definitely be happy to have it!

Trailer Aid vs. Trailer Aid Plus

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Original Trailer Aid in front. Trailer Aid Plus in back. The rubber plate on the Trailer Aid Plus adds an extra inch of lift.

The only difference between Trailer Aid and Trailer Aid Plus is how much lift they provide.

  • Trailer Aid – 4 1/2 inches
  • Trailer Aid Plus – 5 1/2 inches

That said, I highly recommend Trailer Aid Plus for RV use. We have used both over the years. The original Trailer Aid does not always lift the bad tire quite enough to get a fully inflated spare tire back on the trailer. The extra inch of lift on the Trailer Aid Plus is well worth having to ensure that you have enough clearance to change your tire even if the ground is not level.

Trailer Aid Plus Review

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The Trailer Aid Plus is an accessory that we highly recommend for anyone with a tandem wheel travel trailer or fifth wheel. We consider it a must have item for RV travel because it enables you to change your tire quickly and easily. When you are on the side of the road with cars and trucks flying by at 70 mph you’ll want to be able to change your tire and get off the side of the road as quickly and safely as possible.

Pros

  • Easy to use – just drive your good tire up onto the Trailer Aid Plus and your other tire is lifted enough to change (or work on) the tire.
  • Fast – no need to place, raise and lower a jack.
  • Safety – stable and concave surface cradles tire.
  • Sturdy construction.
  • Easy to handle and stow away when not in use.
  • Lightweight at just over 6 lbs.
  • Ramp is textured for traction – prevents tire slippage when pulling onto the ramp.
  • No chance of damaging axles jacking up trailer.
  • Supports up to 15,000 lbs.
  • Minimizes time spent on the side of the road changing tire.
  • Useful for working on tires too.
  • Serrated teeth and steel bolts on the bottom of the Trailer Aid Plus prevent it from slipping.
  • 5 1/2 inches of lift provides enough clearance to remove the bad tire and install a properly inflated spare.
  • Lifetime guarantee.

Cons

  • May be difficult to see Trailer Aid Plus in order to pull onto it without a spotter to let you know when your tire is properly positioned in the cradle.

Would we recommend the Trailer Aid Plus?

Yes, absolutely. In fact, we wouldn’t travel without it. It is simple to set the Trailer Aid Plus in place and drive your good tire up onto it. This makes changing a tire very quick and easy which is exactly what you need when you are on the side of the road with a flat. No need to crawl around, place a jack and then raise the jack high enough to change the tire. Once you’ve changed the tire, drive off of the Trailer Aid Plus, put it away and you’re ready to go. The faster you get off of the side of the road the better!

Tire Changing Tips

  • Swollen lug nuts are a thing! Unfortunately, if your lug nuts are swollen you may not know it until you need to change your tire. This can be a real problem, not to mention a safety hazard if you are in a remote area . We always carry a 21 mm socket that fits our lug nuts and a 22 mm socket just in case. The 21 mm socket may not fit on a swollen lug nut but the next size up should do the trick.

  • Carry a torque wrench. You’ll want to tighten your lug nuts to the proper torque after you change a tire and you should be checking your tire lug nuts every so often as well.

  • It is always a good idea to test functionality before you actually need it. So, once your Trailer Aid Plus arrives pull a tire up onto it and make sure that it lifts your other tire off of the ground. If you’ll be using a jack make sure you know how it works and where your jack points are.

RV Roadside Assistance Service

There are a variety of Roadside Assistance plans available for RVs. We have used both Good Sam Roadside Assistance and Coach-Net and they have both provided assistance when needed. Keep in mind, you want to make sure the plan you choose covers your tow vehicle or toad and your RV – both when you are towing and when you are not.

TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

A TPMS is a must have safety accessory. The EezTire TPMS has worked well on our RV for over 5 years now and we are very happy with it. It continuously monitors tire pressure and temperature for up to 26 tires. Installation is simple, the TPMS sensors screw right onto your tire stems. A booster is available for very large vehicles too.

We love seeing both our tire pressure and temperature at a glance as we travel. While a TPMS can’t prevent blowing a tire, it can definitely warn you before a problem becomes an emergency. For example, if we see one of our tires running hot or losing pressure we know it’s time to find a safe place to stop and take a closer look.

Roadside Emergency Triangles and LED Flares

Alert oncoming traffic of a hazard. We have these DOT approved folding reflective emergency triangles with weighted bases.

Super bright and magnetic LED Flares are also great. You can set them to flashing or solid and place them on the ground or attach them to your vehicle with the magnet. Both our emergency triangles and LED flares have held up well over the past 9 years.

Lug and Torque Wrench With Several Lug Socket Sizes

As mentioned above, lug nuts can swell so it is a good idea to carry a lug wrench that fits your lugs nuts and the next size up just in case.

Work Gloves

Tires are really dirty and blown tires have sharp steel “threads” poking out in all directions. You’ll want to wear work gloves while changing your tire. They are also really useful for a variety of tasks around the RV. We usually get 10 packs of nitrile coated work gloves so we always have a pair on hand.

Kneeling Pad or Knee Pads

A little extra padding never hurts, especially if you are on a gravel surface.

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