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Old 03-09-2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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Storage question

We're storing our TT in our side yard. Are there any concerns with leaving the stabilizer jacks down all the time? And other than collecting crap on top of the slide, is there a problem with leaving the slide open all the time?

I'm finding myself going in and out of the TT often, and would prefer to leave the slide open and the jacks down.
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:45 PM   #2
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Personally i would never leave the stabs down nor the slide out.
If I need to get inside to do stuff, I just open the slide while in there and close it when I leave. Leaving slides open when it's not being used, exposes the slide roof and seals to the elements.
Stabs down provide a ramp for ants and pests to climb into the trailer. And if you lose air in a tire, it would put weight on the stabs, possibly damaging some of them.
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With the jacks, you shouldn't have any issues at all.

Slideouts....there's two trains of thought:
1. Keep the in to keep them clean
2. Keep them out for easy access

I fall under both! Our parking area is parallel in front of our house. We have a private drive that one neighbor uses to access her house. When parked, the passenger side slide is out so I can maintain access to the entire trailer's interior. This still allows 12' of payment width for my neighbor to drive. When my in laws come to stay, we push the driver side dinette slide out and leave construction delineators to mark the 3' push out.

For both slides being out, the main concern is keeping them clear of debris prior to bringing them in. The roof membrane on the slides is there as a roof and they are built to shed water to the outer edge when the trailer is level.

In short, just make sure there isn't crap on the slide when you bring it in.
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Great points I hadn't even considered.

Thank you.


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Personally i would never leave the stabs down nor the slide out.
If I need to get inside to do stuff, I just open the slide while in there and close it when I leave. Leaving slides open when it's not being used, exposes the slide roof and seals to the elements.
Stabs down provide a ramp for ants and pests to climb into the trailer. And if you lose air in a tire, it would put weight on the stabs, possibly damaging some of them.
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Great points I hadn't even considered.

Thank you.
We camped at a California State campground and a ton of ants were using the stabs to crawl all over the trailer and got inside.
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During the summer I'll leave slides out occasionally and stabs down. During the winter...especially this winter, I have to pull slides in due to a crap load of snow. Stabs stay down all winter long with the nose sloped downward to assist with snow melt runoff and snow load on the roof. Had 18" on top this winter.
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This is kinda how mine sits when I get it ready for winter. Notice stabs are down.

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I store with my jacks down all the time, I do pull the sides in during the winter, no use in me heating the extra area, you should never extend slides with out jacks or being level, during the summer I store it with slides open and also jacks down, as far as the ants stated above, just spray them and your power cord, and around the tires.
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Personally i would never leave the stabs down nor the slide out.
If I need to get inside to do stuff, I just open the slide while in there and close it when I leave. Leaving slides open when it's not being used, exposes the slide roof and seals to the elements.
Stabs down provide a ramp for ants and pests to climb into the trailer. And if you lose air in a tire, it would put weight on the stabs, possibly damaging some of them.


This is exactly the same as what I would say.

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I have a new fifth wheel with auto level system.
Should i store with rear jacks down? Or is front jacks only the way to go.
Should the unit be level?
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