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Old 03-31-2021, 01:17 PM   #1
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Storing on hill, tail end low

I have two spots at home that I can park/store our TT. Oh, the trailer is the 2021 Jayco SLX 224BH. One spot is parallel to the road. And the other, is on a sloped driveway with the tail end downhill. Both have good points and bad ones.

The spot parallel to the road is a gravel pad I built to park my big ole diesel F350. It is mostly level. There is not enough room to have the trailer and truck inline when parking or hooking up. The trailer has to be parallel parked into the spot. When finished the truck is at an angle. It means any adjustment is made on a turn. There is a tree preventing the awning from opening for maintenance or cleaning. It is very close to the road, traffic, snow plows, people walking, dogs walking, etc…

The other spot is on the sloped driveway. The trailer could be backed down between to two trees to a nice open spot on the edge of the driveway. It is level left to right but the driveway slopes a lot. The tailend would need to be lifted. This spots gets the trailer closer to the house and away from the road. The trailer could be stored unleveled on the driveway. Or, I could make a wedge or ramp for each side to level the wheels with the tongue nearly on the ground.

I am curious to see your thoughts.

Questions:
1) Which spot would you use?
2) If stored unlevel, how close to level should we be to run the fridge and for how long (a day or two while packing)?
3) Before I start cutting, bolting, and rubberizing some 6x6 PT into ramps. Does anyone know if someone makes a ramp like this?

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Old 03-31-2021, 01:45 PM   #2
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I like the driveway, why? because I was sideswiped and totaled at a gas station while fueling. Daytime, kind of hard to miss but she got me. Only thing on the drive is extra chocking, just in case. I store mine nose high to get the water and leaves washed off.
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Old 03-31-2021, 01:49 PM   #3
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Yea, I worried by the road that someone will side swipe it or back into...or something.
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I don't know that I would want all the weight on the front wheels? maybe put something under the back wheels to distribute weight better across all the wheels?
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Keep it off the street and do the driveway. I've known a few people that have done it and it's fine. I've never heard of any issues with the trailer suspension doing this.
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Old 03-31-2021, 03:07 PM   #6
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As for how level the frig needs to be; 3 degrees side to side, 6 degrees front to back.

I like the driveway, just less chance of people messing with it.

My driveway sounds a bit like yours but slightly worse, as I am not level side to side ether.

I place my tongue jack on a piece of 2 x 6 and it is lowered ALL the way down. That levels it front to back.

Side to side, passenger rear wheel is on a single 2x8. Driver's side, huge leveling block. I think it is 6+ feet long, and I think 4 layers tall. It is designed to stepped ramps one layer at a time to keep the TT from pushing the block back as I back up on it. I think the front wheel sits on 3 levels and the back is on 4 levels. The front wheel on the driver's side is caulked by the next step up. I have been meaning to add a built in stop for the upper layer (rear wheel). I still use wheel chokes on three wheels.

In the summer, when we leave, the ramps stay in the driveway. We get home, I try to park right back on them without moving them.

Our TT comes out of winter hibernation Wednesday (ramps are stored in the TT for the winter). If I remember I will take a picture before parking.

Here is a picture of my old ramp at my old hose. We parked on the street there, so we only needed one ramp, due to the crown of the road. New one is similar, just back wheel is up higher than the front wheel.

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Old 04-01-2021, 06:21 AM   #7
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My back driveway is sloped like yours.
When I park back there I don't use the fridge but leave plugged in to charge the batteries.
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Make sure you can get it off and on the ball.
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