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View Poll Results: In between trips, stabilizer jacks up or down?
Up and ready to go 45 48.39%
Down and secure 40 43.01%
Depends (please explain) 7 7.53%
Neither, I do something else (please explain) 1 1.08%
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:27 PM   #15
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Sometime I have the slides out, cleaning, fixing stuff, etc. Will have them down of course for the slides. I may or may not bring them up when the slides come in. I don't worry with them much one way or the other.

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Old 08-07-2014, 06:48 AM   #16
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Slide rods won't rust or corrode while they are up.
Tires are made to take the load, or suppose to be anyway.

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Old 11-02-2014, 07:50 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by lynnmor View Post
If a tire goes flat there will be considerable weight on the jack nearest the flat.
This is the main reason I leave my jacks up - particularly when storing it for long periods of time (when the possibility of a flat/low tire would be increased). In addition (for those of us in cold areas) depending on what type of surface you are parked on there is a danger of a frost-heave causing the ground under one or more of the jacks to rise or lower and putting additional weight on one or more jacks.

<edit - after further thought the answer depends on rather you have leveling jacks or just stabilizing jacks. For those people that have actual leveling jacks (found on some motor homes and 5th wheels) it likely does not make a difference. This question is of bigger concern for those us with TTs or other units that may only have stabilizing jacks.>
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:44 AM   #18
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Out here in the desert, we frequently have high winds. Two nights ago the peak gust was 62MPH. Therefor I keep them down.

For those who say a flat would cause a significant load on a lowered stabilizer, how about the load it would put on the second tire if one went flat. Would you rather buy a new tire because it was grossly overloaded or a risk the stabilizer (which will hold the weight)?
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:52 AM   #19
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Down. I think most of us fuss with stuff in the T/T while parked at home. Stops it from rock'n.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:53 PM   #20
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People, I leave them in place when not in use or stored as well of course when camping. Keep in mind that the fridge needs to be level and the A/C also as there are fluids or gases in them that if they sit sideways for too long may cause some issues if you start them in that position. Even if some or all of you disgaree I am the one who will have to pay to get it fixed if your NOT right. So, I'll gamble with my own rig.... Just my opinion....
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:02 PM   #21
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The first year we owned our RV, I thought it was a good idea to take some of the load off the tires during the off season. I jacked the rig up to do that. After just 2 weeks, I saw the start of rusting on the piston rods of the jacks.

I polished it off and contacted the levelling system manufacturer. They said that if you're "close to a salt water environment" you shouldn't leave the jacks down more than a couple of days. They defined "close" as within 60 miles.

We're maybe 50 yards from salt-water marina waterfront. Since our driveway is within 0.25 degrees of level. we haven't left the rig on jacks since that first season. What I have done, about every 2 months, is to jack each side in turn so the front and rear wheels are off the ground, then rotate them half a turn. I figure the "settling" loads on the static tires will be cancelled out.
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:43 PM   #22
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Jacks up or down with the slide out?
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:03 PM   #23
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We camp just about weekly during the spring and summer, so the jacks are moved up and down as needed. For the winter months the trailer is lifted up onto cement blocks and 4X4's. Tires are still touching the driveway but there is no extra load from the extra snow we get.
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:01 AM   #24
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Stabilizers are kept up. They are just another path for the ants.
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:14 AM   #25
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Have had pop-up and 4 travel trailers before this Motorhome, so my response I always kept jacks up on pop-up and TT, but always jacks down on MH in storage to relieve some weight from tires.
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:18 AM   #26
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Frankdamp, I believe you can spray the jacks with a rust inhibitor like wd 40 or equiv. this will prevent the sea air from corroding the stabs.
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:35 PM   #27
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If the trailer is on the paved part of the driveway and I'm fussin' with it, the jacks are down. If it's parked and just waiting, no reason to lower them - we can handle a little wiggle while loading/unloading. If the trailer is pushed back on its designated parking pad, they cannot be down as the trailer from about 2 feet from the rear wheels back is about 6' off the ground.

Rear stabilizers are just that and not supposed to be weight bearing nor to be used to jack/support the trailer weight.
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:39 AM   #28
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I leave mine down, but with blocks under them so that I can quickly jack them up in an emergency, 4~5 twists on the handle and they are all the way up.

I go in an out of mine alot even when its at home as I am constantly tinkering with it, even in the winter months. I don't like the flexing feeling or bouncing when my big behind steps up into the trailer. this lets me keep it ready to go at a moments notice.


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