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Hi all, we are fairly new to camping in our travel trailer. I store my fun finder 16' travel trailer on the side of my house, sometimes for several weeks at a time. Should I extend all 4 stabilizers for storage or can I leave the trailer stored with just the front jack extended? We don't enter it or use it while it is stored.

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you dont need jacks for storage they are just there for comfort to keep the shaking down to a minimal

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My personal preference is to put them down.. Mostly because I use the trailer as a 'guest room' while it's stored next to the house.

Been doing this for 10+ years and have yet to have an issue...

If I were not to be using it while in storage, I wouldn't bother putting them down..

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Posted: 01/25/13 12:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I put my stabilizers down. We sometimes get wind here, and they help, well, stabilize my TT.


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I do not store mine with the jacks down. The wouldn't want the weight of the TTs to be on the stabilizer jacks if one (or multiple) tires were to get too low. It could put a lot of uneven stress on the jacks if they were to support too much weight for too long w/out me noticing.

I guess it depends on your trailer, but for mine I prefer to keep them up as it makes it easier to hookup when we do get it from the storage lote (we do not store at home).

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I put the fronts down simply because my tongue jack is extended quite a bit from the slope where I keep it. Just don't like all the wiggle from the front jack when we are packing, unpacking, cleaning, etc.

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Here's another take for you. I don't even put the stabilizers down while camping. Lazy I guess, but I don't really care about the little bit of "wiggle" while camping and neither does DW.


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I put the jacks down when the trailer is in the driveway between camping trips, reason being is that we have a steep slope on our drive way and I like the extra security with the jacks down,
however for winter storage our trailer gets put in a boat storage barn, i simply drop it in the yard and drive away, the staff takes it from there, same thing in the spring.


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newman fulltimer wrote:

you dont need jacks for storage they are just there for comfort to keep the shaking down to a minimal


x2 stabs down are when you are actually using the TT.


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You may damage the frame if your tires go low and the weight of the trailer rests on the stab jacks.

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