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#1 Regular Guy

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 10:56 PM

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 10:58 PM

I think most of us don't travel with jacks on. I never do -- no need, for me.

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 11:12 PM

Don't have jacks on my camper but wouldn't travel with them.

I learned a good lesson .Back in 1981 we had a hard side camper with the jacks on.

We had stopped at Needles for food and a car backing out of a spot caught the left rear

jack and pulled it out of the camper. No great damage but I was at the start of our trip

and not much I could do with a tweaked jack had to wait to get home to do a good fix.

So if I had jacks would I travel with them,NO.


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 11:13 PM


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 11:14 PM

There are several threads from the past on this topic. This is good one from 2015:


I remember it because in the beginnings of my FWC travels, I wondered the same as you. This thread made it clear so I have never traveled with the jacks. Too heavy and to likely to cause severe damage to the camper while on or off road. Perhaps I could conjure up the need to have them on, but it would be a rare occurrence to need them and the cost is outweighed by the little benefit.

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 11:17 PM


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 01:15 AM

They would be vulnerable to snagging, so absolutely not.

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 01:17 AM

' haven't taken delivery of camper yet, but has anyone heard of someone needing truck repairs and the shop lacks lift capacity or clearance with a camper on and couldn't work on the truck until the camper was removed? I'd even thought of leaving jacks and hardware in boxes on rear floor of truck, but doubt it's worth it. One reason we bought a Ford truck is that more of their dealers can deal with motorhome chassis, trucks upfitted to ambulances or boxes, etc, so should be able to handle a camper.

And, if one isn't using camper jacks, is there a need to buy them if you didn't need the truck bed? If an RV repair place needed to remove a camper from a truck, would there be a hefty charge for them to temporarily install jacks?

Edited by michelle_east_county, 07 May 2021 - 01:21 AM.

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 01:30 AM

Old camper: No.

New camper: yes, but not because I want to. Being electric they don't come off nearly as easily so I leave them on. Have never used them anywhere but in our driveway.

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 02:01 AM


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