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Oasisbob

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Posted: 12/22/19 03:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I lived in my TC for a year off the truck. Just support the floor.


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Posted: 12/22/19 03:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like said, depends on the camper, but worst case make a plywood “X” support or couple fold up saw horses and a sheet of plywood or similar.
Depending on where it is and how long staying determines how much I lower it even if using it off the truck.
But it’s totally doable.


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Posted: 12/23/19 08:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for input My camper is 1997 Lance 8000 extended cab style , This is my first trip in truck camper in 35 years , My first camper was not this big or heavy . Hope this gives idea .

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Idk the particular recommendations for that camper, but surely, you've accessed the inside of the camper while it was off the truck and sitting on jacks?
How did it feel? Stability?
Anything sagging underneath?
How well do the 20+ year old jacks work if you cycle them full height a bunch of times?
90% chance it's perfectly good with some simple support under the belly to help stabilize or take part of the load and might be fine with no additional support.
Someone with a similar model will likely reply now that we know what camper you're asking about.

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Posted: 12/25/19 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your TC is a foot longer than mine which is a 1990 Lance..I do not trust the jacks..When I off load mine,I set it on 3 cinder blocks in each corner with a 2X12 across for support..If I was traveling and off loading,I would use those stack jacks with something simple across the front and rear of the floor for support(just incase)..

I have never had a floor issue with it off loaded using it regularly..


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Anybody remember the plywood Xes we put under waterbeds?

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Posted: 12/27/19 01:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've been doing it for decades. Our TC wasn't designed to be used off-truck, so we had to build additional floor structure for it, and always have supports under it when we use it. We carry it with us all the time...takes about 15 minutes to unload and setup.

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I have owned a Northern Lite, Lance and several other older TC's and have always offloaded the campers.... just out them as low to the ground as possible.





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X2...support the floor....just the jacks are not enough to support movement. It is to much stress on just the corners moving around inside or if the wind is blowing. Same as if you stow it away..and are not using it...shore it up from underneath and give it a good base.

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Posted: 12/28/19 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before our 2002 Lance 1130 we had a 1997 Lance 165, both campers were (in my opinion) too unstable to use off the truck without some support under the camper. I was not afraid of the camper toppling over front to back but side to side movement on the front jacks put stress on the jacks. EVERY time I took it off the truck I put some support under at least the front of the camper. I know just getting in and out you could see movement and stress being put on the front jacks. For me it wasn't worth it not to put some kind of support under the front to relieve the pressure on the front jacks

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