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winniman

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Posted: 05/12/20 09:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chance are the tires are not brand new. I would tend to agree with the suggestion that if they are already a few years old, just put on new tires when you decide to get mobile again. That way you don't have to worry about them sun fading, cracking, getting flat spots, and any other problem that some folks go to great lengths to avoid. Some of us do nothing except buy new ones when they are needed. This is the easiest way I have found. Trailer tires should be changed every four or five years anyway. Those blowouts can cause a lot of damage at highway speeds.

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Posted: 05/12/20 09:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Leaving them raised off the ground makes them much easier to steal.

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Posted: 05/13/20 05:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would definitely raise the camper. You don't necessarily need to get the tires "off the ground", but take the weight off.

Big bonus to doing this is a stable, firm camper! Virtually all campers I see at camp grounds that are there for the season are on wood or cinder blocks. I think it is just nice to not have a creaky, rocking camper for the season.

You are talking at least two years. It really will be only what... one weekend to set up? (maybe two weekends to get parts you forgot) Put the camper on blocks, get some hard plastic piping for your septic, and life will just be wonderful!


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If the rear end is on blocks I would be concerned about cracking linoleum flooring during very cold weather. You should also block up the chassis at the axel(s) so there is no uneven stress flexing the frame in cold temperatures that might occur if the tires are carrying their normal weight. JMO.

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Posted: 05/13/20 03:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not necessary. Only if you have old bias ply tires as they will tend to get flat spots, radial tires won't.


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300+ dollars each. Removed all 10 tires, smeared with thick silicone spray and stored in shade. Michelins. 1100 x 22.5"

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HI

I just wanted to thank everyone for information and advice.

It truly is appreciated

This is an awesome forum

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I've stored mine with tires off the ground for years. I have two short fat pneumatic cylinders and I can raise my fiver and put it on jackstands in a few minutes. My fiver doesn't get a lot of usage and it's so easy to raise up so I do it. I'm also going to start letting the pressure down in the tires while it's stored. FWIW, my previous fiver had ST tires on it when I was living in Arizona and it didn't matter if I kept it stored with tires off the ground and the tires covered... The ST tires only lasted four years, almost to the month, before the treads separated. The last set of ST tires had tread separation and blew the sidewall out of one of them and blasted a whole in the vinyl tire cover even over the winter while it was stored off the ground. I figured that set only had 3weeks of road time on them That's right I put 16 inch wheels and LT tires on it! Craig

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