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Old 07-31-2022, 10:08 PM   #1
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Load/unload car trailer with jacks down

Has anyone loaded/unloaded a car trailer, while hooked to the coach with the levelling jacks down? Is there any issue with doing this? I have an Equalizer jack system in a "new to us" 2014 Entegra Anthem 42DLQ.

I used to load/unload with with a previous coach with HWH jacks and a previous trailer, but I always wondered about whether or not there was an issue with this method.

I like to use the trailer as a garage from time to time, while it is hooked to the levelled coach.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-01-2022, 04:36 AM   #2
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IMO the answer lies in the weight capacity of your leveling system. What is the brand and model #? For Instance HWH sells jacks up to 24,000# ea. for MH.s, but if yours is rated properly they should add up to be over your MH GVWR.


In the meantime, consider adding wood blocking under the trailer tongue to support the additional weight when leveled.
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I don't see the tongue weight of the trailer being the issue, but the jolt you could give the "planted" jacks when taking the car on or off of the trailer. Slow and careful would be fine, but sometimes as the car exits or enters the ramps, they can give a pretty hard push on the trailer, which will push on the jacks.

Even though the coach brakes are on, some movement (tire flex) can occur.
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Dutch Star Don and Ray,
Both good points. I will block the front of the trailer under the jack and will have my wife watch as I drive up the ramp. If the fore and aft of the trailer is prevalent, I will use the winch to pull the car into the trailer in a more controlled fashion.
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I have 2 screw jack's (Scissor jack's) that I put under the rear of my trailer before unloading... trailer stays stable ......
I can even load/unload when hooked up or not hooked up to anything this way.
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I don't see the tongue weight of the trailer being the issue, but the jolt you could give the "planted" jacks when taking the car on or off of the trailer. Slow and careful would be fine, but sometimes as the car exits or enters the ramps, they can give a pretty hard push on the trailer, which will push on the jacks.

Even though the coach brakes are on, some movement (tire flex) can occur.
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I have 2 screw jack's (Scissor jack's) that I put under the rear of my trailer before unloading... trailer stays stable ......
I can even load/unload when hooked up or not hooked up to anything this way.
Great idea Palehorse89,

I will do the same.
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Another option is the swing down "Feet" at both rear corners. Just pull a pin and they swing down. Adjust the length you want with a second pin. After you have the length for your load, it's just pulling the pin on each side and the support is there. Over the years with an enclosed trailer and an open trailer, I've had the above mentioned jacks and also the adjustable crank down type. IMO, the only reason to use them is to add support to the trailer frame from the wheels back. All of my trailers were built to support the loading process without jacks, so I haven't used them in several years. With our enclosed trailer, the weight to the rear of the MH went from 800# down to 300# and then up to 1500# after loaded. I was more concerned with the rear flip down door that becomes the ramp. I supported that midway up just for POM. The MH didn't care if its jacker were down or not. Now, I use a hitch with a scale in it so I can set the tongue weight where I want it.
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