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BurbMan

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Posted: 03/07/21 07:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've only had this camper for a year now, but whenever it's off the truck I have it sitting on planks and blocks. I only use the jacks to take it on/off the truck.

I may have to put the camper in a storage yard for 3 or 4 months while we get some stuff straightened up around the yard. Can I leave it on the jacks for that long or should I plan to bring the cement blocks and planks from home for it to sit on? With the jacks fully retracted, the bottom of the camper is about 1' off the ground.


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Posted: 03/07/21 07:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess if you have them, you might as well use them. They’d also be out of your yard while you are completing your project.

My TC sits on the jacks year round unless we are using it in place for guest visits, etc.


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Posted: 03/07/21 07:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The issue is with the camper on the truck I don't have anywhere to put 4 cement blocks and 2 planks. I suppose I could wrap them in a blanket and put them in the camper but if I didn't need them it would be just as easy to leave them home.

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Posted: 03/07/21 07:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My new neighbor from Oregon has left his AF 990 on the factory jacks now for like six months and some heavy snow loads... Seems to be just fine, I look every day to see if it failed....lol


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Posted: 03/07/21 08:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, some things are fine until they aren't...

I left our first TC ('87 Lance 10.5' with manual jacks) on the jacks only about half-way up beside the house during that year - came out one morning after a biggee Spring wind storm to find a front corner sunk in the wet gravel and the TC leaning against the fence.

Fortunately no real damage, but after getting it back up I procured some 8x8 timbers and cross-stacked them 2' high. I'd haul the blocks in the camper and set it down for peace of mind.


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Posted: 03/07/21 08:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have the blocks already I'd use them.
When mine isn't on the truck its on cinder blocks.
Just less stress on the camper.


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Posted: 03/07/21 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just loaded my rig after 18 mo's of sitting on the jacks, it's an 06 and it's never been on anything but the jacks when off the truck.

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It’s no problem unless you have cause to believe one of the mounting points is weak.


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Posted: 03/08/21 06:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unless you have reason to suspect the integrity of the camper's structure it should be fine sitting on the jacks alone. It was designed to sit on its jacks when not on the truck.

Lowering it down and setting it on something doesn't hurt a thing. It's probably a good idea to lower it to reduce the effects of leverage on the legs in windy conditions.

Consider this an opportunity to build something better and handier to set the camper on, such as a set of plywood "X's' that are talked about on here frequently.


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Posted: 03/08/21 07:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine stays under and RV structure which sits on 5.5” of concrete for 6 months on its jacks.

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