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dansblkonblkz06

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I have a new travel trailer that I want to permanently stabilize on my lot. I've heard that you should remove the tires so that they don't rot. How do I stabilze the trailer so that the tires can be removed? Do I simply put jacks on each axle?
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Years ago people put their trailers on cement blocks rather than using the trailer stabilizers but, years ago, trailers usually didn't have stabilizers.


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Think I would invest in some cement blocks, enough for one every 4 feet or so all the way around, not just at the corners. Use shims and level it to your satisfaction, then re-check it periodically, esp. after winter if heaving from freezing/thawing is an issue. Before doing that, though, I would lay down some kind of moisture barrier.

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Posted: 10/29/09 07:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cement block with a piece of wood between the block and the frame. I know people that left the tires on and people that took them off and they all dry rotted.

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Your trailer should be put on concrete blocks just like a mobile home. I don't know the length of the trailer, but at least piers at the very front, before the axles, and then, depending on length, either a pier between the end of the rear and the axles or a pier just behind the axles and another at the very end of the frame. Also, depending on the length, a pier may be necessary between the very front and the axles. The tongue should not old any weight after the piers are holding the trailer. The axles likewise should not hold any weight, either. Use pressure treated wood between the top of the concrete block pier and frame and wooden wedges for the final adjustment. Use two wedges per pier one on top of the other so the frame rests on a flat surface. Hammer the wedges tight before releasing the jack(s) from the trailer.

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If you are going to store it long term, I would think either way the tires are going to have to be replaced. If they are in good shape, see if you can sell them maybe? If it were me, I would leave them on because I would not want them taking up space somewhere else. Also - If you had a failure of your stabilizing system, you have less distance to fall.

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Posted: 10/29/09 09:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a TT on a permanent site and I used the built in stabilizers and 4 of these --> Screw top jacks.
I bought cement stepping stones to use as pads under the 8 jacks. They have worked well for 4 years. Adjustable for changes in the soil over time. BTW, I left the tires and wheels in place with most all the weight removed.

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The moment I remove the wheels from my TT while it's on my lot, my TT's insurance becomes VOID. Will yours? Check the policy.

So long as the wheels are touching the ground it still classified as a recreational vehicle, that includes completely placing the trailer on blocks to remove all weight from the suspension, so long as the tires touch. Otherwise it becomes a fixed dwelling and must be insured as such.

Personally if you live anywhere there are freeze/thaw cycles I wouldn't hard block the trailer. Been there, done that. Add two stabilizers ahead of the wheels and some kind of anti-rock system between the tires and make level adjustments from time to time.


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May want to look into wind tie down straps too. Even construction trailers around here het those nowadays. Adds a lot of wind resistance capacity to a trailer.

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If you're going to stabilize it permanently, I take that to mean over 5 years. By then the tires will need to be replaced anyway and taking them off or leaving them on won't make a difference.


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