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Posted: 04/26/22 01:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2012 Arctic Fox 1150, when I'm not using it, it's sits on the four powered jacks, about 1 foot off the ground.
It is under a covered carport.
Is it safe to store the unit on it's jack legs for long periods, or should I be using some sort of platform to take the load off the legs?

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Posted: 04/26/22 03:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nope, you're good.
If we were actually using the camper off the truck, I'd lower it down most of the way, but for storage I never even lowered it down from loading height unless I was doing something inside that caused it to sway quite a bit


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Posted: 04/26/22 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Logic says it should be supported the same way it is when in your truck. That would mean a box or stand and if you want to put the jack legs down for stability that would also be good.

But then I know nothing about truck campers.

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Posted: 04/26/22 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always supported my TC as if it was on the truck. Further, I don’t trust any jacks for longterm support. Miss my ‘78 Beaver.


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Posted: 04/26/22 03:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our 2013 AF811 has spent all its 5-6 month winters on it’s jacks. On asphalt. No issues, and no other supports.

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Posted: 04/26/22 03:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

seems to me it would take the stress off nuts an bolts if it was sitting on blocks.jack used for loading unloading.

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Posted: 04/26/22 03:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Lance 1181 was meant to be stored on all four jacks when off the truck. It said this in the manual and per Eric Dye in a thread many years ago that I was part of on Lance Of America. Eric is the owner of LOA or at least he was at the time. I haven't been over there in a while. Artic Fox I don't know.

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Posted: 04/26/22 04:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have never heard of a jack failing or any major issue, but I do support the camper with a small stack of pallets. I would want to avoid a lot of swaying due to heavy winds. I suppose being only a foot or so off the ground would stop that, even so.....

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Posted: 04/26/22 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always stored ours on a pair of 2x8 planks on top of cement blocks, so it sat like it did in the truck. Yes, the jacks are designed to support the camper, and we camped in it several times off the truck with it sitting on the jacks.

However, if you look at the length of the jacks they apply a LOT of leverage to the mounting points, and every time you wiggle something it works to make it looser. I depend on my jacks when I need them, why stress them when I don't?

There is certianly nothing wrong with how you are storing the camper, but in my mind putting on solid footing is better.

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Posted: 04/26/22 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JimK-NY wrote:

I have never heard of a jack failing or any major issue....


Then you haven't read this thread.

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