Since I used up all my vacation time during the month of February to visit the Everglades and the Keys, I'm sort of out of luck for the the rest of the year. But my wife has still has oodles of time left so she wants to spend about 10 days or so at a local CG where I can still commute to work. My problem is, I still need my truck for daily use.
I understand that is suppose to be the beauty of having a truck camper and many people do take it off their truck while camping but after about 10 days at a CG with water hook up, I know my gray and black water tanks are going to full and very heavy when lifting it up to load back onto my truck to empty and take home.
I'm know I'm still relatively new to the truck camper lifestyle and have yet to shirk off the nervousness I get when I see that camper sitting so high off the ground when loading her up on the truck. And that is with empty tanks and unpacked. But with the camper weighted down with all out stuff and tanks full of water, I have a feeling my anxiety level is going to be off the charts.
So my question is, am I over reacting or do I have reason to be concerned.
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The other question is - if your wife has an unlimited water and electricity supply for the 10 days, could you be at risk of finding that at least your grey tank is full long before that (after a few long luxurious showers for example).
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Also consider that the waste tanks are usually near the rear of the camper. With the overhang and typical forward COG, the front jacks already carry most of the weight. Adding more to the rear jacks isn't going to be a problem.
Shouldn't be a problem, unless your tanks are not mounted to the camper in a way that allows them to be full while off the truck.
If that is the case, choose a camp ground with on-site hook-ups, so you can keep the tanks draining into the campground sewer system. Or, use a portable tank to dump into ever so often and take it to the central dumping location at the campground.
As far as lifting the camper, the jacks will do it, provided they are in good condition and properly mounted to the camper (no rotted out corners barely holding the jacks on).
I have lifted my 1181 a number of times with nearly full tanks, but don't like it. If she is going to be at a campground would they not have sewer hook ups? If not, maybe they have a honey wagon service where you could get pumped out when full.
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If she has full hookups she could leave the fresh water tank mostly empty. She could also dump tanks every 2 or 3 days. Don't forget some sort of system for camper support while off the truck. This will ease the jack strain and remove the wobble.