Jack Trailer When Stored?

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Jack Trailer When Stored?

We are intresteed in buying a scamp- some one told us that when the camper is not in use we are to jack the wheels off the ground, IS THIS TRUE OR NECESSARY .

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As I understand it, the axle

As I understand it, the axle assembly used in Scamps is a type that relies on internal rubber bar compression -- there are no springs, struts, shock absorbers, etc. The axle compresses these to absorb bumps and bounces, and does so continuously as it sits. Sitting on these for long periods of time will "fatigue" the rubber and it will not return to it's orginal shape, losing its ability to absorb bumps and bounces. Therefore, it is good maintenance to jack the Scamp up for long term storage; to let the tires hang. For me this is the last step in winterizing my Scamp at the end of the season.

I do this by using four standing jacks and sixteen pieces of treated 4x4. I drop the tongue down as far as it will go and make a stack of four cross-layed 4x4s on both sides under the rear of the trailer, placing a jack on each under the frame. Then I jack the tongue up until the tires are suspended and repeat this process up front. Finally I lower the tongue so there is still slight pressure on it while the jacks bear the majority of the weight and the tires are clear of the ground. With experience this will take only 20 minutes. Simply reverse the process when you are preparing to travel again. --JErickson

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You may jack up the trailer.

You may jack up the trailer. It helps to relieve the load on the tires and suspension.

But it's not necessary to get the tires completely off the ground.

I do mine by lowering the hitch jack some, put down the rear stabilizer jacks, then crank the hitch up to level the Scamp.

the tires remain on the ground, but with less weight on them.  By raising the scamp, the axle springs can relax and keep their resiliancy.

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half way up is good

Extending it completely off the ground is okay but halfway is better........ while your at it reduce the air pressure for winter storage to about 10-15 lbs. There are many ways to do the right thing so this is just one of many

Joe & Linda
New River, Arizona 

2013 Casita SD 17'

Jennifer C
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Good Info

Wow....I had absolutely no idea I was supposed to do this! 

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How long before you should jack it up?

It makes sense to jack the Scamp up if you're not going to use it for several months (over winter).  But what is the shortest length of time you should allow to pass before jacking it up?  One week? One month?  In other words, what is the max number of days you can leave it resting on its wheels and the hitch jack before you should jack up the rear?

Thanks! - jon

2005 Scamp 13'

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Extended Storage

I have checked the manual for you and all that is discussed is extended periods of non-use, such as winter storage.  Irrespective of the time of year or season, if you're not planning on using your Scamp for an extended period of time, the rubber torsion axle should be relieved of the trailer's weight.  It would not be sensical or a prudent expenditure of your time to jack the trailer up in-between each use during your camping season, whenever that is.  Although I have no specific time range to offer you, I can tell you that my Scamp sits in the driveway between trips from late May through October each year, without being jacked up at all.  It is on jacks from November through May.  

To me, it should be jacked up if you do not intend to tow with or otherwise camp in the trailer.  If you don't plan any camping for a particular year, then it should remain on jacks.  If you plan on only one or two trips and you're done, jack it up.  I hope this helps.  I think most people have the trailer off jacks for the "season" or time they plan to camp, and that's it.  Although full timers of course don't as the trailer is in almost constant use.

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Winter storage

Can I put the Jack under the axle to Jack it up? Then put jacks stands under the axle on each side near tires? Just doesn't look like there's anything else under there strong enough to put the Jack on.

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Jacking on RV axle

No axle on any brand of RV trailer can be jacked on without risk of bending.

Keep an eye on tire guys, they like to bend axles.

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I jack on the axle, right

I jack on the axle, right next to where it's welded to the frame, and support it there with jack stands during storage.  How does that risk bending the axle?


Randy in Paonia

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My supposition, and I may be

My supposition, and I may be mistaken, when folks speak of bending the axle they are referring to the steel sheath that covers/contains the rubber suspension components of the axle. At least this is what I have always read the warnings to be about - crushing the suspension housing. Makes sense why on a torsion axle it matters and a leaf spring axle it's not critical. 

I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm mistaken.