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DWeikert

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jimh425 wrote:

narcodog wrote:

That's a curious statement that I never heard. Can you expound on it?


Which part? I’ll take a guess. Btw, if you keep up with the threads and remember the cases, it helps. But, you can also do a search along with “site[emoticon]v.net” which will find cases in the archives.

That’s why I said, don’t assume that the particular model will be fine.

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Popups not recommended off truck.

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/19120591/print/true.cfm


Palomino is one of the brands that I recall was not recommended for use off the truck. Specifically, IIRC, do not fill the FW tank until the floor is supported by the bed of the truck. This was older Palominos and may have changed by now so if in doubt it's best to check with the manufacturer.

Northstar is one brand of camper that does say their campers can be used off the truck. Popup or hardside. I suspect that is the norm these days for most TC's but I will not claim it's universal. Especially if looking at an older/used camper.


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The older camper that only had three jacks were probably not best to be used off the truck.
Most of the new one's can be. We just lower it down as far as possible and then sometimes add a couple small screw jacks to the front for extra stability.


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Mote wrote:

The older camper that only had three jacks were probably not best to be used off the truck.
Most of the new one's can be. We just lower it down as far as possible and then sometimes add a couple small screw jacks to the front for extra stability.

As I recall the issue wasn't jack stability, though I would not want to use one supported on only the 3 jacks. The issue was manufacturers didn't build the campers with sufficient structural support in the floor to hold full water tanks unless the floor was also supported by the truck bed. This was a very small number of manufacturers and I have serious doubts any new campers have this restriction. But it never hurts to check with the manufacturer for verification.

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We use ours constantly...off the truck. And because of that, and the rumor mill as it is, I called AF when we first got it to check. Ours is older, so good chance things have changed, but they advised me to support it. We do, and probably would anyway (whether required or not) as the additional support stabilizes the camper significantly. Takes us about 5-8 min's to unload, level and support. Sits on three 4x's.


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[quote=DWeikert][quote=jimh425][quote=narcodog]That's a curious statement that I never heard. Can you expound on it?[/quote] Which part? I’ll take a guess. Btw, if you keep up with the threads and remember the cases, it helps. But, you can also do a search along with “site:rv.net” which will find cases in the archives. That’s why I said, don’t assume that the particular model will be fine. ....snip..... Popups not recommended off truck. [url]https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/19120591/print/true.cfm[/quote] Palomino is one of the brands that I recall was not recommended for use off the truck. Specifically, IIRC, do not fill the FW tank until the floor is supported by the bed of the truck. This was older Palominos and may have changed by now so if in doubt it's best to check with the manufacturer. Northstar is one brand of camper that does say their campers can be used off the truck. Popup or hardside. I suspect that is the norm these days for most TC's but I will not claim it's universal. Especially if looking at an older/used camper.[/quote] That must be an older Palomino. I have a 8801 and in shopping for one I know all the current Palominos are for off truck camping. Dave

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DWeikert wrote:



Palomino is one of the brands that I recall was not recommended for use off the truck. Specifically, IIRC, do not fill the FW tank until the floor is supported by the bed of the truck. This was older Palominos and may have changed by now so if in doubt it's best to check with the manufacturer.

Northstar is one brand of camper that does say their campers can be used off the truck. Popup or hardside. I suspect that is the norm these days for most TC's but I will not claim it's universal. Especially if looking at an older/used camper.


That must be an older Palomino. I have a 8801 and in shopping for one I know all the current Palominos are for off truck camping.

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I use my Palomino Maverick off the truck in the hangar but I support it with a dolly composed of 2x6's on casters. The dolly supports the metal frame around the perimeter of the camper but not the entire floor. Anyone think I should add another 2x6 to support the floor under the 30 gal FW tank?
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