Jacks on---body damage waiting to happen.
Thanks for all the helpful input. I'm guessing I'll probably leave them on the TC since a big consideration will be steadying the rig when parked due to the soft suspension of the truck. Otherwise, I would leave them at home. I appreciate your perspectives, some of which were new to me.
I take my jacks off as soon as i load the camper. I dont like the idea of how much damage would occur to the camper if I hooked them on something or if they got hit by someone. As far as stabilizing the camper I put a jack under the frame of the truck on each side, the factory scissor jack and a screw-type jackstand do wonders.
2008 Ford F-150, 2" level, 33x12.50s
2011 Four Wheel Camper Hawk
2006 Honda XR650L, inverted forks, fmf q2 exhaust, 14/48 gears
2012 Yamaha Xtz1200 Super Tenere
2012 Honda Cbr250r
Can you get to your truck's spare tire with the camper mounted in the bed? If so, then no real reason you'd need the camper jacks while on a trip.
Campers that extend down around the back of a truck can block the jack crank from accessing the spare tire winch.
SuperCal, I like the idea of stabilizing the truck frame to minimize unwanted motion. That would probably be my only real reason for taking the jacks, but a couple small automotive jacks would be smaller and lighter. Great idea!
Yes, access to the spare due to the tailgate is an issue, but I'm either going to relocate the winch extension shaft to a more accessible point or there is enough room to use a small pipe wrench from beneath. It might be kind of like "how many licks to the center of a Tootsiepop", though, if/when all that cranking needs to take place. I'll test it first.
...............not only that, but jacks are ugly. Not to mention, one more thing to have to look around through the rearview mirrors. They can't help the aerodynamics either.
A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.....
Ive always take them with me but sometimes they end up stacked at the wheelwell just to avoid any mishaps. Mine come off easy though. Would love to leave them home, but always thought it would really suck if i had to ditch the camper and didnt have my jacks.
'87 &'10 4runner