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mountainkowboy

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Posted: 06/11/20 07:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How our TC is stored, been doing it for over a decade. 4 screw jacks with supports under it and the jacks sitting on 12"x 12"x 3/4" plywood squares.

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Someone posted a while back about how they put their camper on a huge foam block.


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I stack three Cinder Blocks High front and rear with 2x6 across blocks and top it off with 2” Foam Pads that the Camper rests on. The Jacks are lightly touching the Concrete Driveway.

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Gravel will compress, but I don’t think it will do enough unevently that the TC will fall. That is, if it was installed corectly. I put small squares of stall mats under my jacks. I think 1 ft pavers would work as well. The benefit of the stall mats is they go with me and are of course, easily movable.


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Thanks for more of the info. All a learning process.


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I will say from start, I do not know what I'm talking about. Pitching a idea.
Remember the Xes made out of notched plywood used under water beds? Maybe a plywood sheet top and bottom?
Lay a rope down, back over rope, unload. Build stand in front of camper, then pull it under.
Might even be carried under camper?

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Gravel = no problem.
Pea gravel for a driveway is another story, but not Germaine to the conversation.
Put some pads or patio blocks under jacks.
Unload camper, mostly done at this point.
I used to support the camper floor and take weight off the jacks. Quit doing it years ago when I realized it wasn't necessary for my camper.
You can stabilize the camper for use off the truck a couple ways. Or combinations of methods.
1. Lower it down to reduce stress and sway on legs.
2. Support camper floor.
Many mthods for #2. Conger blocks and boards. Sawhorses and boards or plywood. X brace like Scooby mentioned. Pallets, barrels, etc etc.


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JRscooby wrote:

I will say from start, I do not know what I'm talking about. Pitching a idea.
Remember the Xes made out of notched plywood used under water beds? Maybe a plywood sheet top and bottom?
Lay a rope down, back over rope, unload. Build stand in front of camper, then pull it under.
Might even be carried under camper?


I actually already have a 2x4 platform from the previous owner. It could certainly be set on the ground though leveling it could be tough and it would be in direct contact making an easy path for critters. I am thinking of placing that platform on top of either cinder blocks, the sawhorses or barrels.

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Grit dog wrote:

Gravel = no problem.
Pea gravel for a driveway is another story, but not Germaine to the conversation.
Put some pads or patio blocks under jacks.
Unload camper, mostly done at this point.
I used to support the camper floor and take weight off the jacks. Quit doing it years ago when I realized it wasn't necessary for my camper.
You can stabilize the camper for use off the truck a couple ways. Or combinations of methods.
1. Lower it down to reduce stress and sway on legs.
2. Support camper floor.
Many mthods for #2. Conger blocks and boards. Sawhorses and boards or plywood. X brace like Scooby mentioned. Pallets, barrels, etc etc.


Fortunately it is not a driveway. Someday I will remove the pea gravel and replace it with concrete. Until then, we'll work with it.

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Just beware about supporting blocks or pads footprint.
With my dually I have about 1" clearance between my tires width and camper footing.
Meaning quite often I drive 1 side over the footing.
When you put pad under the camper footing and drive over it, there is high risk the camper will tilt.





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