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Old 03-29-2014, 03:28 PM   #21
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we are seasonal with a 35' Rockwood. we have stabilized with cinder blocks and 2 Hydraulic pump jacks.

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Old 03-29-2014, 03:32 PM   #22
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we are seasonal with our 35' Rockwood. We stabilized with cinder blocks and hydraulic pump jacks. We have found that our neighbors were more than willing to offer advice when we didn't know something.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:48 PM   #23
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We have a seasonal site that we have a 30 5er that is skirted and the slide stays out year round. I made wooden "cages" to put under the frame in 6 spots and have very little movement. I shut the power off in the fall and drain all water systems plus take the battery home. We have a 30x14 patio block deck as the board won't allow wooden ones other than a 5x5 deck for the entry. We have to haul our water so I have a 200 gal tank and it will last us most of the summer. We also have to haul our sewer so we shower at the shower house and there is also bathrooms throughout the park.
We've had this place since 07 and love it but decided to buy another 5th wheel because we want to start being snowbirds in the south!!!
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Days camped in 2014: 7
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:23 PM   #24
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We are seasonal campers and love it. It seems that cinder blocks and wood under the tires has been covered. We keep our slides out all season, but don't be tempted to support them underneath b/c if the ground shifts or softens (which is inevitable) it can cause damage to the slides from too much pressure pushing up. Also, we keep the tires just touching and the stabilizers down.

Once you level, wait for the shifts and re-level. This will be inevitable since the ground will waver under the weight according to temperatures, melting, spring rain etc. Eventually it will level for good for the most part.
Could take a few re-levels for a year.
We connect our sewer using PVC and always remember to keep it at an angle down to the's not like at home, it works by gravity.
Get a water pressure valve so you never have too much water pressure build ours at an RV store, not expensive.
Get a surge protector that will detect highs and lows and avoid spikes or low surges to protect your appliances, etc. (This is recommended for travelers too).
As far as structures like decks and sheds go, find out the rules there.
We cannot put in anything permanent, so built our deck on cement pillars which hold 4 x 4 posts for that purpose.
Depending how elaborate you get, setting up deck, shed, etc. is a bit of work. But once it's done, it's less in the long run.
Know this: People at your campground will be super happy to help you.
Our CG will offer workers to guide you. Mostly, fellow campers will help you!
Best regard and hope to hear of your progress and see pics too!
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:58 PM   #25
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Seasonal for 4 years now. Slides stay out. April 15 thru October 15th. Awning comes in whenever we leave. Most of the folks, myself included use cement blocks to stabilize our trailers in addition to the jacks.Please make sure u use them the right way the holes go up and down not horizontal. It is really loud when they break and a most unpleasant surprise for those inside. Most of us have run PVC for our waste, some still use the slinky like hoses and leave it forever. Don't think it matters except that PVC is smooth on the inside and yes a PIA to configure so don't glue until everything is fitted! Most of us have nice patio furniture which we just leave out ('cept for the cushions) and nice fire rings. You will meet wonderful folks and never want for a cold beverage. So much less packing. DW says she likes it cause she can unlock the door, push the button on the awning and start enjoying her wine. We can stock up on the non perishables not worrying about the weight. On a side note, we turn off the water when we leave for the week...just in case! I think you may like the experience.

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