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Posted: 07/07/19 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since I am in the heart of the Ridgecrest earthquakes, I have hooked up the trailer to the truck with the equalizer installed and am leaving it hooked up to 110 with the fridge on. The water tank is full and the gen is full of gas. I was going to leave the jack down to relieve pressure on the suspension, but when the 7.1 hit the other nite the trailer was bouncing around quite a bit and slid on the jack(even with the BAL ground chocks installed). I happened to run to the area of the yard where I had sight of it.
I know I am in earthquake country so I have always kept a nominal amount of water and gas in the trailer, but in this case I feel a little more prep is needed. The goal of course would be to use the trailer where it is if needed, but there may be a need to move it.
With the USGS predictions, if nothing big hits within the next week or so, the chances drop dramatically that it will, so I will unhook next weekend if that is the case. Actually, I have reservations in Mammoth next weekend, but the wife is a little shy of going not only further into quake country, but a geothermal area as well. We will see.
Any advice on keeping in this config for a week or so (jack up or down etc) would be helpful. Thanks!


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Posted: 07/07/19 09:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It sounds to me like you have good plans. My heart goes out to everyone in the area. I just can't imagine how scary things must be. Stuff can be replaced, take care of yourselves and family. We will be following the situation on the Weather Channel.


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Posted: 07/07/19 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Leave it hooked up....READY to GO!

Don't need the wheel chocks.....it's connected to tow vehicle

DOn't need tongue jack or stabilizers.........it's connected to tow vehicle

READY to GO!-----Run out to it jump in tow vehicle and go.

Hooked up ready to go is less strain/stress on tow vehicle/trailer then want normally occurs when driving down the road

READY to GO!

And I hope you don't have to GO!!!
(Lived in SO Cal for 30 yrs---BTDT)


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I hope that every one is safe in your area. I am kind of a prepper so my TC is always ready to go, my biggest challenge is getting DW ready to go. It sounds like you are well prepared.

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Posted: 07/07/19 09:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not much of California isn’t in quake country.


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Posted: 07/07/19 10:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The truck can carry the weight of the trailer tongue forever. There is no need to extend the trailer tongue jack.

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I would probably leave the front and rear jacks about 2 to 3" off the ground to avoid any possible damage to your jacks or frame in case of further tremors/quakes. This will still allow to the trailer to move with additional tremors. To additional weight, I would fill the fresh tank.

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Posted: 07/07/19 10:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would keep the fresh water, the propane, a generator and the truck gas tank full. I even do that in case of tropical storms.





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Raise ALL the jacks. Be ready to drive away.


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Agreed raise all the jacks, they are unnecessary and can only possibly damage something if the ground rolls. Leave the jacks up let the tires and suspension absorb some of the shock.


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