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Old 11-13-2018, 08:50 PM   #1
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Winter storage conflicting info.

Hi All. A couple of questions about winter storage in Maine.
1. Deploy stabilizers or not? I have seen conflicting information about using stabilizers in the winter because of frost. Wondering what the community feels about winter storage and the use of stabilizers.
2. I have seen many campers with slideouts around my area with the slideouts open and they look like they have been stored for the winter. Is this a good idea? I would think a bad idea in a region with lots of snow.

We have a 2019 Cherokee that's been winterized by the dealer. Just want to make sure its resting place is done correctly.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:58 PM   #2
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Store mine with jacks down and slide-outs in.

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Old 11-13-2018, 09:02 PM   #3
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I don't see any advantage to having the stabilizers down if you are not using it. I store my unit unlevel to help with run off.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:10 PM   #4
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We store our TT at a small dealership with over 150 units stored and have never seen anybody store with the stabilizers down. We do have rubber pavers (from HD) down under our tires, (gravel lot) some people use 2x10's just a matter of choice. Slide out in when stored and front of TT down to aid in snow/rain runoff. Congratulations on your new Camper!
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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We store with stabilizers up now. Previously, we had it at permanent site and didn't consider lifting them up. They became a highways for mice.

I see no value in leaving slide outs out over the winter but see potential risk slide out roof, slide topper, sides of slides, etc.

My opinion would change if for some reason you planned on using where it sits it in the winter.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:30 PM   #6
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:34 PM   #7
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Side outs in and stabilizer jacks up. Later RJD
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:58 AM   #8
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The problem with having stabilizers down is if a tire goes flat during storage. Way too much weight will be applied to the stabilizers if they are the type that aren't meant to hold the entire trailer's weight
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:40 AM   #9
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:34 AM   #10
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I put my stabilizers up to make four less ladders for mice to climb up.

I put my slides in to protect them from being overloaded by snow and also to avoid the possibility of ice dams allowing water to get under the seals.


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