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Just Pete

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Posted: 12/22/19 06:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good morning,plan on long trip to Arizona my question can we sleep in camper off truck safely?

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Since all TCs are not the same, it is hard to answer your question. I have seen a number of the larger TCs being used in campgrounds, off the truck, with no issue. A big wind storm would make me wonder how safe, but that is with any camper. How stable is yours, off the truck, if you try to rock it, while inside, or pushing from the outside?

A pic of the camper in question may help.

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I never did. Didn’t even walk within a foot of the front legs. Made me nervous.


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For what it's worth, I use mine off the truck on blocks almost every day... Up in the bunk also.

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some owners report front floor separation due to water tank weight when having camper on jacks only.
I had it as well on my Fleetwood, but it had dryrot damage at the time, so now, even I reinforced the floor with additional steel plates, I always put 4x4 beam under front floor and either cut to length piece of 4x10 or couple of 4x4 as vertical support. That also drastically reduces camper movement





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Yep, camper dependant, I sleep a lot with camper off truck, no problem-o. Just lower it down and while it will sway and shutter in a strong wind, it's fine...

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This picture shows front support on my Fleetwood during the repairs.
The lower 1x4 board and steel corners are my reinforcement and the picture shows following repairs when the wings sag.
I did the 1st repair after my water tank start showing outside.
Camper has "aluminium construction" but no aluminium on the wall in picture. Turn out first years of introducing aluminium to TC industry was just a skeleton, where most of corners still depend on wood for integrity.

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fpoole wrote:

Yep, camper dependant, I sleep a lot with camper off truck, no problem-o. Just lower it down and while it will sway and shutter in a strong wind, it's fine...

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Put mine even lower than yours. Put mine as low as possible but still use the grey tank drain which requires an elbow to access.


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We sleep in our Northstar off the truck without any issues. Just lower it down and you will have no issues.


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Ok, jayco. Not sure my fear was rational but it was real!

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