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Poll: Jacks up or down? (21 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you put your TC jacks down when sitting on the truck at your camping spot?

  1. Yes (10 votes [47.62%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 47.62%

  2. No (11 votes [52.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 52.38%

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#1 ONLINE   the tc life

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 05:34 AM

​ While I am parked with the camper I have only once put the jacks down. That was in Montana when there was 70 MPH winds. I have never used the jacks to stabilize the camper when in use on the truck any other time, that I can remember anyway. The Chevy I have and the Dodge I use now both have a stiff suspension. There is very little movement with the jacks up.

 

 


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 07:35 AM

If I was not towing with my F250, I would put down my rear jacks to limit suspension movement. When I had my trailer connected, I would drop the tongue jack to accomplish the same thing. With my 5500, it is stiff enough that I do not need drop the jacks for stability. When I did use the camper or tongue jacks, I would run them down until I saw just a little lift. This would slightly unload the suspension but did not rely on the jacks for the full weight.


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 02:26 AM

If it is a short stop I will usually lower the rear jacks just to take some of the movement out of the camper. If it is a longer stay I will lower all four and disconnect the tie downs.



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 04:45 AM

I used to lower jacks on previous SRW truck but not yet on new DRW.



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 07:00 PM

We have never lowered our jacks when we camp, however we do generally unload if we plan to be in the area 3-4 days. I can imagine driving off with a jack down....... well, you would think I wouldn't remove our tv antenna on a tree branch either!

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 08:00 AM

I hardly ever lower the jacks unless it is awfully windy and need to stabilize the camper. I'm usually not at a campsite for more than a couple of days so I don't  have to worry about driving off with them down.   


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:25 PM

I lower my jacks even if I just stop for lunch and a nap.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 05:29 AM

I just about always put the jacks down. We (especially my wife) don't really like to have the camper bouncing around. The steps I added at our side entry really put some "twist" on the back of the camper when you step on them. If nothing else it makes the truck springs creak. Having the jacks down eliminates that noise too.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:15 AM

Jacks up.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 08:44 AM

My suspension is a bit noisy at times so I let mine down just enough to raise the truck a bit. I like the stability. I also leave a sticky note on the steering wheel with "JACKS DOWN" written on it.

I'm a mobile sleeper. I toss and turn a lot so people might get the wrong impression if the campers moving around.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:51 AM

Fellow campers might admire your stamina if the camper is rocking all night...

 

Maybe you burn more calories working out while asleep then while awake?


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 03:48 PM

Fellow campers might admire your stamina if the camper is rocking all night...

 

Maybe you burn more calories working out while asleep then while awake?

 

 

nay, just getting up to use the bathroom all the time.


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 04:37 AM

To those that lower the jacks: Keep in mind that if you do not unhook/unbuckle the camper from the truck, and a tire should lose air, the truck will be hanging from the camper. That would be an unwanted test of the tiedowns' strength...


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 09:58 AM

Jacks up



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 05:20 PM



nay, just getting up to use the bathroom all the time.

Heh... So it's not just me?  :P

 

A couple items come to mind here. . .

1.) Jacks up. (In my noobie mind it would seem putting the jacks down when attached to an 8600 pound truck is just looking for an expensive 'oops').

 

2.) Compared to a TT my TC is solid as a rock when it's on the truck.  :fing32:

 

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 06:10 PM

only time I put the jacks down was to remove TC from truck.


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 11:33 PM

It was a habit to put the jacks down for us, since we had quick loads it was just a quick pop of the lever and it didn't hurt the jacks.


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