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Old 08-02-2016, 08:04 AM   #1
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Smile Dont know jack!

Ok, next on the block are jacks. The sunline that I bought has a three jack system. Once again being new to this I did some research and found these to be a bit unstable. On top of that the bases are in pretty bad shape(rust) and one of them needs to be rebuilt as one of the gears are stripped. From what I have read online this can be a disaster and dangerous step and dont want to mess around and take a chance on someone getting hurt. The prices for jacks seem to be all over the place but I found these online for 520.00 with free shipping. The dry weight on the camper is 2100 and the jacks are rated at 2300. I dont plan on storing the camper on these as Ill build stands for the camper once its off the truck so I'm assuming the weight will be fine on them.


Rieco-Titan Standard Tripod Camper Jack - 4 Pack


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I only paid 800.00 for the camper and the jacks which on most newer campers come built into it so in my mind this puts the camper at $1300.00 and I haven't even had it in my truck yet.



I'm looking for experience with the three jack system to know if it will be fine to use or should I spend the 520.00 for the new jacks?


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Old 08-02-2016, 01:52 PM   #2
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There are very few members with truck campers and I don't believe they are actively reading and posting. Your question is generic and I would suggest the truck camper forum on rv.net.

Etrailer is a good place to do research even if you find a better price elsewhere.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:12 PM   #3
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Thanks Henry, someone else pointed me that direct yesterday for an active forum on truck campers.

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I've had both systems: 3-jack and 4-jack. The three jack system doesn't twist the camper if one of the jacks is adjusted. It also is not as stable with the jacks holding the full weight of the camper. You probably shouldn't get in the camper, or try to use it, if it is just sitting on the three jacks. It will tip more easily than the same camper using the four jack system. The four jack system mounts differently, as the brackets are lagged into the corner frames. That's both good and bad. Better for stability, worse for potential leaks. If the jacks aren't adjusted to even-out the load properly, you are applying a twisting force to your camper. That might not hurt anything, but I wouldn't count on it. Need to keep them balanced.
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Thank you, I ended up going with the 4 jacks. Matter of fact I finished mounting them yesterday. Was a much bigger project them I had originally thought it was going to be. What I can tell you is having the 4 jacks and mounted securely to good wood the camper is much more stable when I have it up. A much better feeling needless to say.

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Old 08-29-2016, 10:40 AM   #6
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Do you know the year and model of this camper? Ours is a 1992 model 951, or at least that's what it was until the guy who owned it rebuilt it and changed it to the point of making it unrecognizable!
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It's a 91 951 I will be making a few changes like adding a microwave and possibly be turning the oven into a smoker that's up in the air yet
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had that type of jack years ago, allot of cranking. first thing I'd do is electrify those things
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My jacks are mounted on the corners, but still manual. I use an 18-volt, 1/2" capacity drill to extend/retract them unloaded. When they engage the weight of the camper, I crank them by hand to sense the load on each jack. I store it on TorkLift stands at near the load/unload height to minimize cranking. It is stored inside, so wind isn't an issue. All that said, electric jacks would sure be handy!
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Well back when I had mine (telling my age here) there was no such thing as cordless anything.

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Mine came with the jack stands but they are original and meant for older trucks that sat lower to the ground. I have put the feet on cinder blocks but I am definitely getting newer ones. The more legs the more stable. I am looking at the temporary jack stands just for lifting and lowering and have made some good sawhorses to hold the weight. Here is the video.

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He tests a lot of weight and these will definitely hold and it cost me around $100 because I used pressure treated wood.
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Hi not very slide in savey but I would refrain from getting in to the camper without the floor being fully supported. I do know that the floors are not super thick and I would think it could cause some type of structural damage.
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