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Old 10-04-2010, 07:59 AM   #1
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Jacking up Trailer

Hi All,
I'm getting ready to store my pup (1207) in the garage for the winter. They suggest that the unit be jacked up. I'm wondering what the best method would be. Should I jack each of the corners with Jack stands or should I place 2 under the axle.. Or does it really matter. I think the purpose of this is to take some weight off the tires, am I correct?
Any input would be great..
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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I have owned 3 Jayco's and none suggested jacking up for storage. What does your manual say?
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:31 PM   #3
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Good Question

It isn't in the manual, but either is maintaining your battery. I read/ heard somewhere that it is not good for the Trailer to be sitting on the tires during periods of long storage.. Or maybe I'm just crazy, and it's not needed for that class of trailer..? Feel free to chime in.
Hey if I don't need to do it I won't...
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:41 PM   #4
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Well, I believe that TTs are intended, by-design, to be on wheels.

When we stored our previous 18ft TT in storage last winter (inside huge storage bldg) all the other RVs were on their wheels.

Since, we've parked our Jayco at a Camp Resort (we are seasonal campers) & gotten to know alot of other Seasonals there, some having been there for decades. There was no sign, or mention, of storing on jacks.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:39 PM   #5
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Ok..that's easy

Well that's easy then.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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We had a tent trailer years ago. We never stored it on jacks. Tires held up fine for the three years we owned it. Long distance traveled up to 7000 miles during a six week trip for two of the summers
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:53 PM   #7
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Thank you

Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it. I have no idea where I got that notion in my head. lol
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:35 AM   #8
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Glad to help Dee. Myths can be reliable information.

I always ask at forums about such fire-side chats before declaring it a fact.

IMHO you did the right thing by asking !
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:35 PM   #9
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Some folks say that it's unhealthy for tires to be sitting directly on stone (like patio stone, black pavement or cement floor) during its storage months. Something about moisture being trapped between the rubber and hard stone surface, and it "may" create hair-line cracks in the rubber. Myth or truth??? Not too sure. But when storing our many previous trailer for winter (or parking at seasonal camp site), I always park the trailer tires on wood. Simple 2x10 approx 16" long or even a small 2x12 of 3/4" plywood (on a hard surface) works great. And, very low cost investement to help the tires last longer as well...

Hope this helps in your "how to prepare for winter storage" research as well...

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Old 01-13-2011, 09:07 AM   #10
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Don't put them on jack stands it is not necessary and may hurt the RV. As Spike said put the tires on wood platforms (cover them if outside) and make sure that the whole tire is on the wood. I don't even lower the stabilizers as it just adds another point that rodents can use to access the RV
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