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Old 02-01-2020, 12:44 PM   #1
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I know, because of the torsion axle, it is not a good idea to let a Scamp sit too long without moving it or jacking it up. I keep my Scamp in an enclosed pole building with a concrete floor. I have a tongue wheel in front, so it is easy to move from time to time. I wonder if moving it 5 to 10 feet every couple of weeks would be a viable alternative to jacking it up?
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No, it will not. Jacking it up is needed to reduce load on the axle.
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Old 02-01-2020, 08:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response. I realize that, but if the trailer is going to be used (towed) every two or three weeks, I don't think a person would jack it up and reduce tire pressure every two weeks. I guess maybe the question should be, how long can a Scamp sit idle before it should be jacked up?
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My Escape has been on its wheels since I bought it twelve years ago. Had it inspected at Escape Trailer Industries about a year ago. They recaulked a couple windows, but that's it.

Whatever you do, don't jack it up by the axle. I did that on a tent trailer and the axle went up, but the trailer did not.
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.. I guess maybe the question should be, how long can a Scamp sit idle before it should be jacked up?
I would guess about four or five months. Any less than that and the benefit is likely not worth the effort. And even if you never do, any degradation on the axle will take a few years to be noticeable.

Although you can drop the tongue as far as it will go (with wheels well chocked!) and then set jack stands maybe a foot astern of the axle on the frame, then jack the tongue up about as far as it will go. This will take a little tension off the rubber in the axle and it only takes a few minutes.
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You don't really have to if you don't want to. The potential benefit is slowing down the gradual sagging of the rubber torsion axle, but it won't extend its service life measurably- that's mainly a function of time and/or miles.

I do lift mine if it's going to sit more than a month or so. I take the wheels all the way off the ground, which allows me to spin the bearings occasionally, check the tires, service brakes or bearings, work under the trailer... I store it on five points. Two jack stands near the axle carry most of the weight. Tongue jack and rear stabilizers make it rock solid, which is nice if you use the trailer (guest quarters, man cave...) or work on it while stored.

With a small floor jack it takes less than five minutes to raise it onto the jacks or take it down.
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Thanks for all the good tips. I guess the snowfall around here will dictate what I end up doing.
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Old 02-03-2020, 09:46 AM   #8
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We have a new 13' layout 2 Scamp and simply use the factory jacks to keep the weight off the axle -- they can easily lift it off the ground and if not where the tires are barely making contact.
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We have a new 13' layout 2 Scamp and simply use the factory jacks to keep the weight off the axle -- they can easily lift it off the ground and if not where the tires are barely making contact.
“New” is the key word here. I presume yours has the new BAL stabilizing jacks mounted on the frame rails under the rear dinette. That’s a fairly recent change.

I would never, ever lift the wheels off the ground with only the older bumper-mounted Atwood stabilizers. Those need additional secure support near the axle.
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You got it right.
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