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Old 07-18-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Stabilizer jacks when stored?

I am new to the camper world and have a 2317g pop up. My camper is going to be parked in the driveway for several weeks and not used Should I use the stabilizer jacks or does it matter? My thought about using them is to make it harder to steal. I have a fairly safe neighborhood, but the camper is out in full view all the time and it's a busy street.

Are there any other advantages/disadvantages to using them?
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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I always used mine with my travel trailer if we were going to be going in and out of it, if not, I didn't use them
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:18 PM   #3
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I've never bothered with them unless it was set up for an actual outing. If you're just going in and out at the house for various things and not actually staying in it, a little rocking isn't going to bother you much. As for the theft, you'll probably have better luck with a good coupler lock.
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Well this happened when I forgot to crank up the jacks for hitching...

How much to fix? I over loaded my stabilizer arm this weekend.

I now keep them up, unless camping.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:10 PM   #5
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I leave mine up because I noticed little foot prints (mice) on them when I left them down.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the advice. Looks like I will just keep them up which will be more convenient too. I do have a lock on the coupler, I guess I'm just overprotective:-)
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:22 PM   #7
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We always leave ours down to take a little load off the tires & suspension. If we park over one night or are not moving the trailer for several days, I will also deploy the jacks in front of the axles to take more load off the suspension.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:31 PM   #8
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We always leave ours down to take a little load off the tires & suspension. If we park over one night or are not moving the trailer for several days, I will also deploy the jacks in front of the axles to take more load off the suspension.
If you're lifting the camper any at all...........you're over using them.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #9
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If you're lifting the camper any at all...........you're over using them.
The rear stab jack legs have been reinforced (separate thread)as has the mounting channel. Not worried about the stab jacks or the trailer frame. We lift the rear about 1/2"-1".

If the frame was stronger, I would not be afraid to lift the rear 2"-3" if the motor was strong enough, the legs are not going to bend.
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Carry on then
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