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awmasparky

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Posted: 06/24/06 10:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably a stupid question, but here I go. I will be receiving my 06 six pac D850 next week and would like to store it in my driveway. The driveway has a pretty steep slope. I was considering making some blocks to match the slope of the driveway and I know that the front cannot be lower than the back or it could fall over. Is this a bad idea or is there a safe way to do this.

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Posted: 06/24/06 10:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It may be helpful to give folks an idea of how steep you are talking about, and in which direction. I imagine there is an excessive slope. Mine is pretty light at about 3-4% forward (nosedown), and a couple 4x6's work just fine.


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There is always a way to do it.[emoticon] If it was mine I'd have some sort of a safety chain anchored to the back just to make sure that it doesn't slide down the hill with you when get out from under it.[emoticon]
Put the blocks under the front jacks and just lift everything enough to get out from under it and level up after.
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Posted: 06/24/06 12:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The camper will be front end down hill. As for the slope, it is a 3.25" drop for a 48" run. I do not recall how the calculation is done for the slope, but if it is rise/run then it is around 6.8%. I have also considered installing some tie down points on the driveway to ensure that the back of the camper cannot tip forward. I did get the electric jacks, so I would think that I could figure out a safe way to get it done. I just hate the feeling you get when you do something stupid and you realize later that you should have known better. By the way this is my first TC, I have had several TT's but this TC thing is all new to me.
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I think your slope calculation is correct. I would be nerveous too.

I lift my camper up evenly (parallel to the slope) to clear the truckbed, and slowly drive out from underneath the camper. I lower it evenly to the ground, and then raise only the front's to level the camper.

The reason I don't take it to level in the air is that as the rear goes down relative to the front, the jacks are going to need to bend away from each other since, to them, the feet are moving apart. This can cause binding in some jacks.

You'll see and understand what I mean when you try it. The jack feet will skid a little as the camper goes from parallel to level and vice versa. It will be more pronounced the steeper the slope is.

* This post was edited 06/25/06 08:22am by gregorya *

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Posted: 06/24/06 05:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

awmasparky wrote:

The driveway has a pretty steep slope.

Loading and unloading on a slope is hard on the nerves and on the equipment. Do yourself a big favor and find a level spot to leave your camper.

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My driveway is also on a slope except for the first slab from the street. It has only a slight slope. I finally figured out that if I drive front first into the driveway & stop with the rear of the camper next to the curb, I can unload the camper on the first slab by driving toward my garage door. I have done this once & it worked great. I even think I can get the truck out from between the garage door & the camper by wiggling the truck back & forth till it is on the adjacent driveway.
I always thought I had to back into the driveway to unload, but it looked too dangerous to me, so this is how I solved my problem.

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I also have a steep ugly driveway, but I drop my camper onto a small box trailer...that way I can wheel it over to my neighbours nice, luxurious, flat driveway to load and unload! [emoticon]


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I too have a serious sloped driveway. Tried unloading with the front down the slope when I first got the camper 3 years ago. This is extremely dangerous!!! I encourage you to find another solution. My camper started walking on the jacks forward and I luckily got some cinder blocks under the front corners in time so I could lower the back down enough to stop it and get the front jacks back under it. It was such an aweful experience that I spent 5 weekends clearing trees and building a 4' high timber retaining wall with 3/4" crushed stone plus a landing pad so I could take my camper off safely. I will never ever attempt to unload on uneven ground again.


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I would be concerned with the situation tha SlideInDad mentions. A 6 or 7% grade is not trivial. If you HAVE To do it, the first thing I would do is get myself some of those automotive ramps used to raise the end of a vehicle. Then just before you got into position, I would put them under the front wheels of your truck and back up on them. This will mitigate some of the grade. Then, build yourself some blocks for the front legs so that you dont need to extend them (I'd guess with that sort of grade, you might find that you dont have enough extention in them to raise it off the truck??) all the way. Lastly, a way to anchor the blocks to the ground so that you dont get any slipping. Where there's a will, there's a way. I do think getting your rig just a little more level before starting will make a big difference tho.


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