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Old 02-22-2014, 05:42 PM   #15
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The whole reason folks started "jacking up" trailers/vehicles to begin with had nothing whatever to do with axles. It had to do with preventing tires from becoming misshapen due to sitting unused for long periods of time. That was before radial tires, of course.

That problem has virtually disappeared now that nearly everyone uses radials...but the "jacking up" practice seems to persist in some quarters, now attributed to axle preservation.

Speaking as someone with an almost forty year old trailer that has spent most/all of those years on its still-original torsion axle ( however long it's going unused), I question the utility of the practice.
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Francesca I remember the old nylon tires thumping for a while after sitting a few days, you jogged old memories with that comment. I agree with you on the tires used today but think the torsion axles would benefit by having 50% of the trailer weight off of it for long periods of non use. The four trailers I have with leaf springs I don't lift and it's never been a problem but if the Casita were to be parked for more than three months or so I do believe I would put a pair of jackstands under it just to maybe save the axle rubber. May or may not help, but for a few minutes work it can't hurt anything. Glad you've had good luck with your practices and happy camping to you.
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Francesca I remember the old nylon tires thumping for a while after sitting a few days, you jogged old memories with that comment. I agree with you on the tires used today but think the torsion axles would benefit by having 50% of the trailer weight off of it for long periods of non use. The four trailers I have with leaf springs I don't lift and it's never been a problem but if the Casita were to be parked for more than three months or so I do believe I would put a pair of jackstands under it just to maybe save the axle rubber. May or may not help, but for a few minutes work it can't hurt anything. Glad you've had good luck with your practices and happy camping to you.
So, you're saying.... don't let the trailer sit for longer than two months, save yourself even the little bit of trouble jacking it up.

GO CAMPING INSTEAD! I like that idea!!!
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So, you're saying.... don't let the trailer sit for longer than two months, save yourself even the little bit of trouble jacking it up.

GO CAMPING INSTEAD! I like that idea!!!
I like that idea too!

Someone here awhile ago indicated the guys at Scamp suggested to them they could simple take the weight off the axle by dropping the rear stabilizers and cranking up the tongue when the trailer is in storage. Although I personally wouldn't crank it up to much as the rear stabilizers are not the strongest item on the trailer.
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From the Dextor website FAQ page:

"MISCELLANEOUS - Is it okay to jack up my trailer?
Dexter recommends that you do not jack up the trailer on the suspension components because there is always the potential for damage. Bent hangers, leaf springs, or axle tubes can cause bad axle alignment with bad tire wear resulting. Also, many trailer builders do not use Dexter hangers and we have no idea how strong these hangers may or may not be. Therefore, we take the conservative approach and recommend jacking up only on the trailer frame."

Makes sense, especially for suspended leaf spring setups, but I have a sneaky suspicion their lawyer told them to post that to cover their rear end just in case something unfortunate were to happen to someone. Puts the risk and liability on the person doing the jacking....
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I like that idea too!

Someone here awhile ago indicated the guys at Scamp suggested to them they could simple take the weight off the axle by dropping the rear stabilizers and cranking up the tongue when the trailer is in storage. Although I personally wouldn't crank it up to much as the rear stabilizers are not the strongest item on the trailer.


Scamp actually suggested that?

Stabilizer jacks are only that- stabilizers. They're not meant to do any "lifting", nor are they installed in locations on the frame intended to bear such weight. Unless I miss my guess lifting/storing at extreme front and rear would put a lot of stress on the trailer's frame.
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Scamp actually suggested that?

Stabilizer jacks are only that- stabilizers. They're not meant to do any "lifting", nor are they installed in locations on the frame intended to bear such weight. Unless I miss my guess lifting/storing at extreme front and rear would put a lot of stress on the trailer's frame.
Apparently - one would have to do a google search of this site to find the post but it came up on a thread not unlike this one in regards to jacking up the trailer to save the axle. But I do not believe for a minute that Scamp was suggesting the trailer be "lifted" by the rear stabilizers - if I recall what was posted correctly it was suggested simple that by putting down the rear stabilizers and jacking up the front jack until it felt snug/tight that in itself was enough to take the pressure off the axle for storage purposes.
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