I have historically used the screw type jacks with a board. But, after seeing the set up with the travel trailer style crank down jacks submitted by Photog101, I am inclined to come up with something a little different.
I’m thinking about mounting a board to the bottom of my rear overhang with stainless hardware and undercoating everything. Then, mount two of the crank down travel trailer jacks to the board. Then they will be permanently attached to the rear of the camper. There will be nothing to break down or store when traveling. I don’t see away to get around having to carry around another set for the front. But, that will still be an improvement.
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I just lower it down on the jacks. Each jack has a short length of 2x6 under it to keep the jack from sinking into the ground. The camper is only about 5 - 6 inches off the ground. Just enough to keep the rodents from making it their winter home.
You see truck campers stored that way on dealers lots all the time.
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When ours is not being used, its on 8 concrete blocks, 2 stacked in each corner with a 4x4 across the front & back. When we take it off the truck camping, I lower it to about 18" off the ground and have a short 4x4. I put it vertically in the front to help support the weight on the front jacks. This takes a lot of the wiggle/movement out. I still have the front jacks down, but most weight is on the short 4x4.
My old setup also included a full 4' X 8" sheet of 1/2" marine grade plywood that I laid on top of the 4 other pieces that made the X's. It was solid like the Rock of Gibraltar, even with a 3 jack system. I used that setup with my last T/C, back in the late 80's and early 90's. It worked great where I lived before with a very flat drive. I also made up a table and benches that also folded up similar to those stands so I always had a picnic table, where ever I went. Everything laid flat in the bed of the pickup and added a little more clearance for the roof. I just can't find my old photos, because my ex-wife destroyed many of them.
I was going to do the same at this house, but the pitch on the driveway prompted me to find a different route. So it was off to Harbor Freight and picked up two more scissor jacks to match the couple that I had laying around.
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I took a sheet of plywood and cut some slotted pieces that fit together and support the camper off the truck. I store them under the camper when traveling.
Here are some photos.
I really like your support system!
When you store the panels in the bed of your truck, and then lower the TC on top, do you experience any shifting, from the plywood sliding around underneath?
It would seem that the plywood would have a tendency to slide around.
How high are the panels off the ground?
I mentioned in a recent post about Arctic Fox reccomemdations on supporting their TCs. This is what I made directly from their drawings in their manual. Thought this would clear up some questions. In my case, I can't see a time that I will unload it anywhere except at home.
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