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« on: November 30, 2015, 07:49:11 AM »

Just wondering what the consensus is.  I've done both.

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2015, 08:51:06 AM »

Stabilizers are for the purpose of minimizing movement while the RV is occupied, there is no reason to have them deployed on a stored RV

There could be downsides; if a tire loses air, all the weight would transfer to the jacks and possibly cause damage.  The jacks also provide additional paths for vermin.

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2015, 12:47:40 PM »

I've never stored any of my trailers with the stabilizers down.  I didn't think it through as completely as beemerphile1, I just never saw any need to or advantage.

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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2015, 04:00:46 PM »

I don't keep the stabs down because of the tires loosing air pressure over time. Also, I regularly spray for insects and keeping the stabs up saves on Raid.

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2015, 05:06:16 PM »

I agree with beemer.  Re the tires, when we had a trailer with Goodyear Marathon tires, Goodyear advised that the tires should be over inflated by 25% for winter storage.

I now have Sailun tires but I haven't seen any advice from them on winter storage considerations.


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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2015, 07:46:52 AM »

I have lowered my PU real low on the front and then deploy the stabs in the back this way it would make it harder for someone to try to hitch my PU to there TV. Just a little bit more security  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2015, 01:00:55 PM »

NO -- for us.
We store with the "mouse ramps" up :)

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2016, 08:11:42 AM »

I will disagree with all but Recumbentman - I like his anti-theft reason.  Yes, you could jack the hitch up high enough to hook-up, then pull forward which would likely bend/break the rear jacks.  But, it still would be deterrent for someone trying to avoid drawing attention to himself.  Until the stabilizers broke, they would make a heck of a racket!

But, I keep a front stabilizer down to reduce the risk of the trailer rolling.  Yes, I chock the tires, and have the tongue jack on the ground, but one more point for stabilizing against a very strong wind is a good thing, in my mind.  I don't worry about rodents, as I am fortunate to have lots of predators in my neighborhood, and there isn't an easy opening if the mice did climb the stabilizers.

Just thought of something, Recumbentman - due to my scenario above, wouldn't it make more sense to raise the tongue higher than normal hitch-height, then lower stabilizers?  They couldn't get the hitch low enough to fasten to the ball.  Just a thought that just came to me.

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