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Old 11-20-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Jacking Up Escape for Winter?

Back in our 13' Scamp days, and even with our 16' Casita, I would put the camper on jack stands, placed near the axles, to take the weight off the wheels and suspension for the winter. Especially with the Scamp, the concern was that over time the elastomer in the suspension would weaken to the point of tires eventually rubbing the tops of the wheel wells. I just came back from jacking our 19 up a couple of inches and putting stands under the frame right behind the rear wheels. It's not high enough to take all the weight off the wheels, but some. Am I wasting my time? With the stands right behind the wheels, I don't think I'm stressing the frame, but maybe it's not worth the bother. Anyone else do this?
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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I have alway put RV on jack stands for the winter how can you go wrong. I also keep my tires just a little bit off the ground. Don't know if it's true but I have heard that it's not good to leave your tires frozen to concrete for long periods of time. Anyways that what I will be also doing to my new Escape 19 when get next May.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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Okay, I may take some heat for this, but that's okay... this is MHO. My soon-to-be 26 year old Scamp is on it's second axle. It has NEVER been stored with the weight off the axle. I replaced the original about 8 years ago. The part cost me $450. 20 years = 7,300 days / $450 = .06 cents a day. I lose more than that in the sofa cushions every day! I'm at the stage of my life convenience is important. I want to come home on a Friday night, hookup and leave.. It doesn't matter the time of year to me, it's the fact I can... like BUG OUT! I don't want to screw around removing blocks and jacks and stuff. Even worse is having to put on tires because someone said you can gain a couple of years by storing them in the garage! I know at least one person who jacks up his trailer if he's not going to use it for 30 days... really? I mean really? There are people who turn themselves into pretzles protecting a $70 battery for five years, but cheap out on tires and/or wax. One which is a safety issue and the other can add years to the gelcoat.

So, while I'm not answering your specific question.. ask yourself... what's important to you? Time is money. And frankly so is convenience. YMMV
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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Parker, it is certainly recommended to do that. I am with Donna though. Don't want to bother and want to be able to move it if necessary. We move ours at different times during the winter, however, to have the wheels in different positions so the weight will perhaps not affect the tires or bearings or whatever as much.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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All I do is back the tires it up on some 2 X 12s take about 20% of the weight with the jacks turn the key and that it. The trailer is at dry weight, so it's nice and light already.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Okay, so far I like Donna's answer the best. I'm probably a little more of the "if it's not that hard, go ahead and do it" mindset, but I certainly can't fault her logic. I'll still probably jack ours up when stored for much of the winter, but otherwise it's ready to roll. I haven't heard anyone say it's putting any harmful load on the frame or the like.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:13 PM   #7
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When it comes to the tires, web lore is that tires should be replaced at five years of age, regardless of tread. So, I can't imagine that taking weight off them would extend their life, or make any difference really.
I'm still running the original bearings after five years. That leaves the axle and you won't know if un-weighting the trailer helped until it's 35 years old or so. And, even then, you'd have to buy a second Escape to use as the control for the experiment.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:26 PM   #8
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My primary concern is having the suspension settle. The larger the trailer, the less that seems to be a problem, it seems. I'm in the habit of not running tires longer than five years, so I doubt that taking the weight off them is going to matter all that much.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:28 PM   #9
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Okay, so far I like Donna's answer the best. I'm probably a little more of the "if it's not that hard, go ahead and do it" mindset, but I certainly can't fault her logic. I'll still probably jack ours up when stored for much of the winter, but otherwise it's ready to roll. I haven't heard anyone say it's putting any harmful load on the frame or the like.
Parker, that's exactly as it should be. It's more about YOU and less about US. You can ask opinions of all the 2,313 registered members here on the EscapeForum, then filter those opinions as they apply to you.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:05 AM   #10
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In the past I have put it on jack stands. This year I think I will just use each of the 4 scissor jacks and the front jack enough to take some weight off the axle, then, as per Goodyear recommendations, inflate the tires to 60lb. I think with the weight distributed to all 5 points that it should not be putting any stress on the frame?
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