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Old 09-22-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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Winter Storage On Jack Stands

We are about to put our new 19 into storage for the winter. I want to put it up on jack stands. When we had our 17B, we put it up on two jack stands, one on each side under the single axle. We now have a 19 with two axles so I need to know where the best place is to put the jack stands. Should I get two more and put them on each side under the axles or just use the two I have and put them on the frame between the two axles?

I'm a bit concerned putting just two on the frame because of the small surface area of the jack stands. I'm afraid the frame could bend there. Is this a valid concern? And, if I put one under each axle, since the axles are not independent and are rigidly attached tothe frame, it would be difficult to make sure each jack stand is taking its share of the weight.

Where is the preferred place to put the jack stands...on the axle(s) or the frame?

I'm in a quandary and need some advice. Anyone else putting their 19 on stands? If so, how did you do it?

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Old 09-22-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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Re: Winter Storage On Jack Stands

Also interested in an answer to this. Related does the 19' come with scissor jacks? The one we looked at before sending in our deposit did. If you had 4 scissor jacks that could support the weight of the frame would it be bad just to prop it up with the wheels hanging in the air.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:57 PM   #3
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Re: Winter Storage On Jack Stands

Ours only has the single leg stabilizers. Another poster on this forum said they purchased and installed scissor jacks. I've asked for a more detailed explanation with photos but so far he hasn't replied. I've heard that the scissor jacks can support the trailer's weight which would be perfect.

Hopefully others will weigh in on this topic and provide some more information.

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:21 PM   #4
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Re: Winter Storage On Jack Stands

Doug;

I did reply I guessed you missed it ,under modifications.
I explained how I installed the scissor jacks, directly behind the stabalizer legs.

If the whells on the 19 ft trailer wre about 1" further apart I would have purchased another set of jacks and mounted them in between the axles, to lift just the wheels as you are looking for. then used the other jacks just to balance the trailer.

as it is with the jacks mounted where they are and the inherent ridgidity of the trailer, I would have no qualms about lifting the trailer the way I have it now.

To answer the original question, purchase two sets of jacks, lift the trailer wheels off the ground, and place the jacks behind the wheels under the axles, using the stabalizers to ballance the trailer should work.

The temps up here are dropping below freezing every night now, but I have one more trip to make with the trailer before I put it to bed for the winter.
We will be putting our trailer in a commercial storage lot, and after it is set up will let you know how it works.

I did post an explanation of how the jacks were installed, I still do not know how to post pictures.

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Old 09-23-2011, 03:35 PM   #5
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Sorry, Doug. I didn't go back there to look. For now, I think I'm going to go with two sets of jack stands and place one set on the frame just behind the rear axle and the other on the frame just ahead of the front axel. That should get the wheels off the ground and the tongue stand can act as a stabilizer.

I'm still going to consider the scissor jacks, especially if they can lift the trailer by themselves. Some say they can, others say don't try it. More research is needed.

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Old 09-23-2011, 04:43 PM   #6
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Re: Winter Storage On Jack Stands

And, you're adding more weight to your light-weight trailer.

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Old 09-23-2011, 06:30 PM   #7
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Gbaglo has a point. I don't know how much those things weigh but I'd bet it's substantial.

I had a reply from another fellow with a suggestion on how to easily put the 19 up on the jack stands without having to jack up the trailer. I'm going to try that first. If that doesn't work, I'll reconsider the scissor jacks. I wonder if Canadian Tire would stock some of decent quality?

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Old 09-23-2011, 11:22 PM   #8
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Re: Winter Storage On Jack Stands

With regard to putting more weight on a lite weight trailer, I guess it boils down to what is more important to you.

When I walk in my trailer I want it to be stable.
I do not want to carry leveling blocks, or the annoyance of setting them in place, pulling up on them, or putting them back in storage.

When I park I just want to turn the cranks a few turns, level the trailer then settle in, and know the trailer will not be moving around.

The scissors jacks will lift and level the trailer , No problem, end of story, a few minutes of work.
The scissors jacks will lift the trailer and wheels off the ground if rquired, and when the trailer is off the ground you can also lift the front end jck up to.
I can see no reason to do this other than raise the trailer to be put on stands for winter storage, but it can be done.

With regard to weight, the jacks weigh in at 30 pounds each, these jacks are made to stand the strain.

With regard to pulling the extra weight, my truck has 390 horse power under the hood when required.
In fact I got a speeding ticket going up hill with 800 pounds on the truck and pulling the trailer.
I did not get the ticket for speeding, I got it because I was speeding while pulling the trailer.

I guess you weigh what is more important for your comfort.

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I guess you weigh what is more important for your comfort.

Doug
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True.

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The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

So on we go
His welfare is my concern
No burden is he to bear
We'll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

If I'm laden at all
I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart
Isn't filled with gladness
And love for one another

It's a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we're on the way to there
Why not share
And the load doesn't weigh me down at all
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

He's my brother
He ain't heavy, He's my brother

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