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Old 04-28-2016, 10:19 PM   #1
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Do you jack your AS up for the winter?

I'm sure this question has been talked to death, but we are newbies and the search engine for the AS forums is, um, challenged.

So do you store your AS up on jacks or the like for the winter? And if you do this, how do you do it? Those spaces that where the jack fits aren't that large, It would be good to have a larger space so you could jack up and then slip a stack of 4x4 pieces of wood in there (on each side) and release the jack.

We only have one axle, if that makes a difference. Our parking space is blacktop, and we have plywood under the tires, mostly to keep the weight from making divots in the driveway.

Thanks in advance. . . . .
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:11 AM   #3
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We plan to use ours in the winter, but I thought these looked interesting.

http://www.trailerlegs.com/
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:32 AM   #4
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:43 AM   #5
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Reasons.....torsion axles can take a 'set' if not exercised regularly.
Tires... un-used, left outdoors during a WNY Winter=nothing good happens.

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POI>>>>Those 'TrailerLegs' would damage,(bend), the AS's torsion axles.


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Old 04-29-2016, 06:06 AM   #6
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We plan to use ours in the winter, but I thought these looked interesting.



http://www.trailerlegs.com/

While these look AWESOME for the purpose, I wonder if they're not compatible with AS? First, those SOBs are higher off the ground to start with and second, there's a lot of warning about not jacking up in the axles themselves but only the spots marked on the frame. I may have that wrong and would love to hear from someone who is knowledgeable about that. Seems like a terrific and easy solution if compatible!
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We plan to use ours in the winter, but I thought these looked interesting.

http://www.trailerlegs.com/
These won't work on a square torflex axle. A torflex axle can only be jacked up on the steel flange, never the tube as this effects the axle alignment.

Yes my trailer is jacked up from November through April. It is good to get weight off the tires and axles when not using for prolonged periods.
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:39 AM   #8
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I'm sure this question has been talked to death, but we are newbies and the search engine for the AS forums is, um, challenged.

So do you store your AS up on jacks or the like for the winter? And if you do this, how do you do it? Those spaces that where the jack fits aren't that large, It would be good to have a larger space so you could jack up and then slip a stack of 4x4 pieces of wood in there (on each side) and release the jack.

We only have one axle, if that makes a difference. Our parking space is blacktop, and we have plywood under the tires, mostly to keep the weight from making divots in the driveway.

Thanks in advance. . . . .
It is not necessary for your FC20 at all IMO, despite recent suggestions to the contrary for much larger and heavier trailers, by an owner who understands the intricacies and structure of Airstream suspensions, and who is able to fashion non-standard support on his own IMO.

Just move the trailer every month or so a few feet back and forth, in order to avoid theoretical flat spots on the tires.

Nice choice of trailer by the way, and welcome to the forum!

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PS your water tank and holding tanks will be empty, and the trailer also lightened up by removing heavy canned goods, etc., so the loads on the single axle will be reduced
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These won't work on a square torflex axle. A torflex axle can only be jacked up on the steel flange, never the tube as this effects the axle alignment.

Yes my trailer is jacked up from November through April. It is good to get weight off the tires and axles when not using for prolonged periods.
Good to know and that makes sense. Thanks for pointing this out.
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Yes, for the reasons Bob said.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:40 AM   #11
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Having had AS since 1963 never jacked up in winter or any other time when stored with no damage to any part of AS, in my opinion just a lot of work for no reason. Present AS 1976 pur. new 1977, same thing no damage........ Never removed wheels and never had flat spots, just made sure properly inflated before storing. IMO flat spots are caused by tires sliding on dry pavement not sitting for several mos. Also 76 AS sat for 9 yrs. out side on gravel with out moving or jacking up, again no flat spots or damage to AS.
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You need to read up on flat spots and make up your own mind. Myself, the trailer gets jacked up if not being used for 2 months or longer. I see no reason to take the chance of the tires getting flat spots nor the torsion axles being compressed for long periods. JMHO
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Bias ply tires were famous for developing flat spots. Radial tires not so much.
Raising the axles to the point the tires are off the ground does nothing to extend the life of the torsion axle. It is still setting motionless in one position. Exercising the axles by towing is the best solution to preventing freeze ups. IMHO
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... Exercising the axles by towing is the best solution to preventing freeze ups. IMHO
That's what I do. No more than after 2.5 months of sitting, I go out to the storage lot and hookup the AS , bring it home for a day, do any minor repairs or wash it. It's about 23 miles each way so the tires get warmed up. I check tire pressure before I take it back. I bought jacks for raising it off the ground but decided it was easier just to take it for a spin.
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