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Posted: 03/17/22 08:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With our 8-11 on our SRW (with modified suspension) we do not lower the jack legs unless it is very windy. There is a little movement without them down but not a big deal. Before the mods we were camped in a remote spot that was rocking us so much that we put them down for the night - it was intense, probably gusts to 60 plus.... man.

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Posted: 03/17/22 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I had my F250, I would lower the rear camper jacks or lower the trailer jack just enough to slightly unload the suspension. This was enough to noticeably reduce the movement while inside the camper. With the heavier suspension of my current 5500, I do not lower any of the jacks for stability.

With heavy sustained winds or gusts, I try to nose into the wind. This reduces camper rocking and fumes from LPG appliances being blown inside. It also keeps rain moving along the seal overlap rater trying to push under or through seams.


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Posted: 03/20/22 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We haul a late model NL 8-11 on a 1-ton SRW with lower torklifts and rear sway-bar. After 40k and 3 years, we've never felt the need to drop the jacks. Sometimes we do get some very slight rocking in very high winds (>25 mph), but nothing disconcerting enough to warrant using the jacks. As for stability on the road, several times we've encountered 25-30 mph side winds (45-50 gusts) while driving at 60-65mph. Very stable---no wandering or on-going sway, just controlled push/pulls with each gust.

Hopefully the OP is hauling their NL 10-2 with a DRW. The 10-2 is about 600-700 lbs. heavier than an 8-11. The 10-2 is a lot of camper for an SRW and is not going to experience the same stability we've had with our 8-11.

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Posted: 03/20/22 05:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not most of the time. On trips where we don't unload (single nights) I usually just dump the suspension and use leveling blocks on the front only to force a twist for side to side. The rear is then sitting on the rails..and that's pretty solid.

Close works for us, as long as my head is not downhill while sleeping.


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I always put my jacks down. I don't try to level with them just touch the ground to control some of the sway. Sometimes if it is just a quick stop in a parking lot to just get some sleep I just put the rear jacks down. I have power jacks so that does make it easier.

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Posted: 03/23/22 01:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't have a Northern Lite, but I never need to stabilize it. There is a little bit of movement but not enough to concern us.


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SoonDockin wrote:

Its probably more of an issue on single rear wheel trucks. The few I have been in on duallys are typically pretty stable as is. Mine sure is.


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Posted: 03/29/22 04:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

zcookiemonstar wrote:

I always put my jacks down. I don't try to level with them just touch the ground to control some of the sway. Sometimes if it is just a quick stop in a parking lot to just get some sleep I just put the rear jacks down. I have power jacks so that does make it easier.


Me too, It makes me feel better to slide the room out when I'm getting coffee or something. I have power jacks the whole ordeal probably takes 1 minute. Yes I drop them to stabilize.

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