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Old 10-02-2015, 12:29 PM   #1
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Is 1.5 inches enough?

Our 17B is level front to back (& side to side). If I raise the frame by 1.5 inches and block, am I raising it enough to take enough pressure off the suspension system to protect it over its winter stay? I understand the tires will not be off the ground, but then again they will provide some additional stability.

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Old 10-02-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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I have never worried about lifting the frame and putting it on blocks at all. I have heard of it, but really see no benefit in it, as it is designed to be on the wheels anyway.
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Is this for seasonal storage or long term (more than 6 months?) I didn't lift wheels off the ground on my cars unless I was going overseas for a year or more while in the military and never noticed any problems with flat spots on tires.
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Is this for seasonal storage or long term (more than 6 months?) I didn't lift wheels off the ground on my cars unless I was going overseas for a year or more while in the military and never noticed any problems with flat spots on tires.

It will likely be at least 7 months. But if it really isn't necessary, then I'm happy with that too!

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Just make sure the tires are on wood boards versus dirt or cement.....
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Just make sure the tires are on wood boards versus dirt or cement.....
Why would that be? I haven't ever heard of this.
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The cement/concrete can leach chemicals to the rubber and on dirt you may create a pot hole since the wood spreads the weight over a greater surface.
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The cement/concrete can leach chemicals to the rubber and on dirt you may create a pot hole since the wood spreads the weight over a greater surface.
I would think the tires would "age out" before any damage was likely.
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For the price of a piece of scrap lumber, why guess?
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I have heard of someone having a problem with the tires on cement. Not sure if newer cement was the cause.
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:18 PM   #11
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The cement/concrete can leach chemicals to the rubber and on dirt you may create a pot hole since the wood spreads the weight over a greater surface.
My driveway is asphalt (black tar pavement). Does that change things, or wood is still advisable?

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I have never worried about lifting the frame and putting it on blocks at all. I have heard of it, but really see no benefit in it, as it is designed to be on the wheels anyway.
Agree with this. I roll the wheels onto a long 2 x 6 to keep them off the moisture laden ground.
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:50 PM   #13
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Asphalt is better than cement but you will get an indentation after awhile, I'd still use a board or even a small narrow piece of plywood.
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I kept my last trailer on a concrete floor from October to May for 11 years. No problem with either tires or the slab.
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I don't see an issue with tires and ground moisture. Mine seemed to be fine in the Pacific Northwet with my vehicles parked outside for 32 years before I had a garage. They're wet for 6 months of every year!
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There's also a discounted belief that you shouldn't store flooded cell batteries on concrete and in folklore sitting on concrete causes hemorrhoids.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:18 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the opinions and thoughts! I"ll put the ideas in a coffee can and draw one... don't think I can go wrong!

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Yup, but don't keep that coffee can in the fridge..
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I've never heard of a car collector putting their car tires on wood to avoid having them on concrete or asphalt - draw whatever conclusion you want from that.

Lifting the frame 1.5" will take most of the load off the tires and suspension... if you decide that you need to lift it.
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:36 PM   #20
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I had bubbles form on the inside of a set of tires on my last trailer, tire guy said I need to either block up the trailer so the tires are off the ground or remove them. I blocked it up the next year but have determined it's just too much work. I'll keep checking them and replace them when needed. My trailer sat from mid Oct to Mid April, at least.
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