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Old 08-28-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Loading and unloading camper

How is the difficulty in loading or unloading truck camper? Some say never camp with them off truck and what is best way to store off truck for winter

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Old 08-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Because the , straight lift jacks on most campers , can be damaged by being in the camper without a lot of extra support, the manufacturers say don't camp in them off the truck .
I've seen all 4 jacks torn out of the camper frame work by people ignoring this advice.
For winter storage , because most jacks won't lower the camper to the ground , cribbing or very heavy duty pallets , is the way most people store in the winter.
Do your winterizing and clean up before you pull the camper off the truck, have most of the weight on the pallets , but leave the jacks contacting the ground too.

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Old 08-28-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Ive dropped my camper many times and camped in it. You just have to take some blocks to sit it on and take the weight off the jacks.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:26 AM   #4
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The people who don't take the camper off the Truck, is because they are not going to stay to long and do not want to unload and re-load before moving on. When they do take the camper off they are going to be using the truck to Explore, towing a trailer or a boat, and need to use the truck load/unload it. Using the camper as a base camp.
One member bought some plywood boards made cuts in the plywood that are fitted together at different angles to form a brace under the camper. It takes the weight off the Jacks, and makes a stable platform. I'll try to find the thread i read and the pictures. If you have space try to store the camper inside in the winter. Be sure to Winterize the camper.
Hope this helps,
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Check with Northstar about where to support the camper when off the truck. I know that with Arctic Fox, they have a blurb in their owners manual about where to place supports under the camper. Northstar may say that as well.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:55 PM   #6
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Good info, thanks. I plan to camp off the truck, so I'll look for more info on the proper support.

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