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Is anyone using camper supports under their camper when off-loaded? I have just taken notice of a product offered by Torklift, through dealers, called 'Camp'r Pack'r', which are essentially saw horses. Torklift sells the hardware and recommends 2x6 lumber for construction, which they say will be support up to 3,000# per horse, or 6,000# total load capacity. Would like to get my camper off the jacks when off-loaded. Any thoughts? See the link:

http://www.torklift.com/p.php?w_page=campr_packr


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I use metal sawhorses that the previous owner gave me.


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For the past 11 years I have used homemade wooden stands. They are getting pretty weather beaten and I am having steel stands made.
Unfortunately, my unit has to stay outside year round.


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Posted: 08/01/06 08:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those saw horses are nearly worthless unless you are parked on perfectly level ground. If one side of the saw horse is elevated even slightly above the other the “low” side is going to be getting most of the weight instead of evenly distributing the weight like it should be. Not only that, they are big and cumbersome.

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I use and highly recommend Aluminum Stacker Jacks (with a small piece of wood placed on top) as they are light in weight, can be adjusted for any variance in the terrain and are easily transported.

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Those saw horses are nearly worthless unless you are parked on perfectly level ground. If one side of the saw horse is elevated even slightly above the other the “low” side is going to be getting most of the weight instead of evenly distributing the weight like it should be. Not only that, they are big and cumbersome.

I agree, I use 4 jack stands, with a hardwood 3X3 across in pairs.

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I bought some aluminum jacks to support my TC. They looked as though could have been too light. The disclaimers on the box they came in made me uncomfortable also. I ended up going to Lowe's and buying some cinder blocks. It was probably overkill but it put my mind at ease. I considered saw horses but my owner's manual said to store the TC as low to the ground as possible and I didn't trust myself enough to build them. The last thing I want to do is worry about how solid my TC is being supported. If it fell, I would never hear the end of it.....


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I've been using the triangular automotive support stands as they are rated at 4000# each minimum with a 4X4 across the floor area. I shim the cradle of the stand to insure level but the aluminum jackstands would be easier to use. I am not familiar with their load capacity. I leave the legs of the camper jacks just touching the ground in the event something should happen figuring it's cheap insurance.


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I have a Lance 845 Lite which states, "do not use sawhorses, cinderblocks etc. to support the camper in the off truck position".


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davedye wrote:

I have a Lance 845 Lite which states, "do not use sawhorses, cinderblocks etc. to support the camper in the off truck position".


Only assuming here but I imagine they are talking about only using ”sawhorses, cinderblocks etc” like setting the camper on blocks and not using the jacks in conjunction with the sawhorses, cinderblocks etc. I highly doubt Lance is talking about using them in addition to the jacks like most of us do to add stability the jacks alone don’t provide. I don’t like my slide-in being “wiggly” at all and the only way to prevent that is supplement the jacks with additional support.

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For what ever reason, mine is different. I haven't had it long, however, over the weekend we spent two days in it, off the truck, simply on the jacks, lowered to the ground, it doesn't wiggle or move with us in it.

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