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Stabilizers down in winter storage outdoors?
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November 11, 2011 – 11:49 am
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I am looking fro advice on whether I should use stabilizers on my 1997 Jayco Eagle 12 during outdoor winter storage.  Any thoughts?

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November 11, 2011 – 12:28 pm
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I suppose where the p’up is being stored might have something to do with how it is positioned. In my case the storage area(s) have always been level. What I’ve done is drop the trailer tongue down to where it rests on a short piece of 4" X 4" giving the front a steep slope. No need for stabilizers in this position!  But always made sure the tires were chocked.

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November 11, 2011 – 6:26 pm
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I do not put the stabs down during storage.

I throw a brick under the tongue jack and crank it to its max.  The bumper is inches from the ground so the stabs probably wouldn’t swing down. 

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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November 11, 2011 – 7:10 pm
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Mostly level area, and will be under a roof as well, but still out doors.  Some talk has been of putting cement slab or block under wheels as well.  Not sure why tho.

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November 11, 2011 – 7:21 pm
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The cement slab or block under the wheels idea is because the tires should not be sitting in dirt for extended periods of time.  Apparently it is not good for the tires.  But if you are parking it on grass you can just back it onto a couple of patio blocks.  I would also recommend putting a block under the tongue jack as well to prevent it from sinking into the dirt.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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November 11, 2011 – 8:34 pm
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I just had 2 yards of shell rock put down level to park the Pup on 8)

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May 8, 2013 – 2:28 pm
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I have seen larger campers with stabs down in the winter… but never PUPs…. what would be the advantage of having them down?

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March 29, 2018 – 3:48 am
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None that I can think of. But I can think of a disadvantage. A friend actually damaged his older trailer by having them down. After 6 months storage he tried to crank up his stabs and one was bent enough it jammed tight. Found out that the tire on the same side went completely flat and the stabs on that side ended up supporting all the weight that the tire on that side would have. A winter of stress on the stabs.
Stabilizers are not meant to support the entire weight of the trailer, but only to prevent shaking and tipping. You wouldn’t use them to change a tire! 😉
If you insist on using some type of stabilization (due to ground conditions or slopes), it would be better to use jack stands strategically placed under the frame with their bases on pads. 

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