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I use my TC about every 2 months or so.
I have a 3500 Dually with airbags.
Lance 950S camper. (not small but not big either)
When at home I set my bags to 30 psi and drop all legs until they contact and then about another 1" or so to spread the load.
What's your opinion on how I am storing?
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I likely would release the tiedowns so if air is lost, tires or bags, camper isnt holding truck.


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We store our camper legs up. The truck suspension doesn't have any issues with the weight and we don't have airbags so can't comment on air pressures.


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When I was rebuilding front end on my Fleetwood, I noticed that camper sides sag good distance over the years, what not only show on bed sides clearance, but also cabover was touching truck roof lights.
Now I keep my camper with most of the weight on jacks and only some on wood blocks supporting front of the floor.





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Owning a TC, taking it on and off was a pain, espcially with a canopy on the truck. I left it on over one summer and found it was still possible to haul some buidling materitals in the camper.

If it is a secondary vehicle, that you don't drive that much, leaving the camper on is a good idea. Good comments about storage.

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dwrat wrote:

I use my TC about every 2 months or so.
I have a 3500 Dually with airbags.
Lance 950S camper. (not small but not big either)
When at home I set my bags to 30 psi and drop all legs until they contact and then about another 1" or so to spread the load.
What's your opinion on how I am storing?
Thanks

That's fine. I prefer to run the truck at least once a month though.
I'll take it out for a half hour drive. Also, check the battery level and solar charge.


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I don’t think there is any reason to extend the legs especially if you have airbags. If you go to the ground with the jack legs, do unhook your tiedowns to keep from putting pressure on the TC tiedown mounts.

I’m sure it’s possible to have some spring degradation over time. If you are worried about that, then I’d put more air in the airbags to take some pressure off of the springs.


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After noticing that Class C’s don’t have any legs, I gave up on it...

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Definitely do not store a truck camper on the truck with the jack legs down.

A piece of frozen poop falling from an airliner could land on it.
The truck’s springs might let it bounce harmlessly off the roof, hit the ground, thaw out and fertilize nice flowers by your camper.
If the jacks are down, it’ll just put a hole in the roof and a mess on the floor.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

When I was rebuilding front end on my Fleetwood, I noticed that camper sides sag good distance over the years, what not only show on bed sides clearance, but also cabover was touching truck roof lights.
Now I keep my camper with most of the weight on jacks and only some on wood blocks supporting front of the floor.


This was not becasue the camper jacks weren't down, it's becasue the camper was dilapidated.
If the camper couldn't support its own static weight sitting in the truck bed then running the jacks down was a stop gap for a camper in poor condition. Not something that not all would need to be done.


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