View Poll Results: Do you store your trailer over the winter with the stabilizer jacks up or down???
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:12 PM   #29
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Snow sticks onto the roof on the Northern Hemisphere and the jacks should be up. Snow sticks to the bottom of the trailer on the Southern Hemisphere so the jacks should be down.

This also applies to the toilets when you orient the trailer east or west, since the water rotates counter clockwise up North and clockwise in the South. Airstream makes models for each hemisphere with the changes to the plumbing and stabilizer jacks. The winterizing fluids for your water system are color coded so there is no confusion as to which hemisphere it is intended for use.

The equatorial Airstream has no stabilizer jacks, nor wheels. This makes them less expensive, but harder to tow when not on the beach. They come without a furnace and it has been replaced with a fish smoker. The roof and bottom have a special coating to prevent snow from sticking, which solve many problems that the North and South Hemisphere owners wish they could afford to their out of date models.

I store our trailer with stabilizer jacks up. It makes it easier for us to leave town with short notice if relatives are coming out to visit us during ski season. I am recovering from Camping Withdrawal, so some of my advice might be a bit off for some time. I did notice the AS photographs from the Northern Hemisphere with the snow on TOP. You will NEVER see an Australian AS with snow on top, since it is on the bottom. I have seen some Hawaiian AS's without wheels in New Mexico, if you are curious.
wow...really....that sure makes a lota sense...............AWWW YER KIDD'N huh.
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:15 PM   #30
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We do not store ours over the winter months, we use ours. It's a desert thing.
ME to NO stabilizers used,NO storage,NO winterization,just fun camping
We don't need no stinkin snow.
Huh.
Oh well every desert trail has it puddles.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:31 PM   #31
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I store our Airstream with the rear stabilizers down, the front ones up. I figure that way, I can't be all wrong.

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Old 10-23-2008, 05:33 PM   #32
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I store our Airstream with the rear stabilizers down, the front ones up. I figure that way, I can't be all wrong.
But either way, you'd only be half right...
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:40 PM   #33
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But either way, you'd only be half right...
Yep, I'll take that......better than all wrong!
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:19 PM   #34
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Snow sticks onto the roof on the Northern Hemisphere and the jacks should be up. Snow sticks to the bottom of the trailer on the Southern Hemisphere so the jacks should be down.

This also applies to the toilets when you orient the trailer east or west, since the water rotates counter clockwise up North and clockwise in the South. Airstream makes models for each hemisphere with the changes to the plumbing and stabilizer jacks. The winterizing fluids for your water system are color coded so there is no confusion as to which hemisphere it is intended for use.

The equatorial Airstream has no stabilizer jacks, nor wheels. This makes them less expensive, but harder to tow when not on the beach. They come without a furnace and it has been replaced with a fish smoker. The roof and bottom have a special coating to prevent snow from sticking, which solve many problems that the North and South Hemisphere owners wish they could afford to their out of date models.

I store our trailer with stabilizer jacks up. It makes it easier for us to leave town with short notice if relatives are coming out to visit us during ski season. I am recovering from Camping Withdrawal, so some of my advice might be a bit off for some time. I did notice the AS photographs from the Northern Hemisphere with the snow on TOP. You will NEVER see an Australian AS with snow on top, since it is on the bottom. I have seen some Hawaiian AS's without wheels in New Mexico, if you are curious.
Ah hah- I was wondering why I've found no snow on mine, I have one of the rare early equatorial options!
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:40 PM   #35
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Down, but only a half-turn after firm ground contact - to distribute snow loads a bit. Keep an eye on the tire pressure - although, for the record, after three years on the present Goodyear Marathons - I've never lost more than a pound or so over the winter.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:31 PM   #36
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I leave the stabilizer jacks down with a plastic pad under, but I'll also get the tires off the cement by putting safety stands under the frame. Good for the axle and tires, but also makes it harder to steal, which might be a problem where I store it.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:35 PM   #37
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I have seen a variety of reasons whether or not to store with your stalbizers down or up. All good reasons. I do however see some units parked on concrete. If you do not have something between the tires and the concrete you may be having problems in the future. Concrete has a caustic material in it that is not good for tires. This was told to me by my Big O dealer. You should park the trailer on a piece of 2 x 10 lumber to prevent any reaction between concrete and materials in the tire. I park my unit on a level area with about 3 inches of gravel on top. We live in an area where we had about 42 inches of snow on the level last year. I never store with the jacks down.
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Hi, Bob. I park all of my vehicles on concrete or asphalt and have had no problems. Most of my vehicles move quite often, but my Airstream and my 1959 Galaxie sit for long periods of time. [Airstream for months and Galaxie for years] If it could cause a problem, I think wood would soak up water like sponge and rot before it drys out, so I think, maybe, plastic blocks might be better for storage than wood. Or just do what I have been doing. [concrete driveway]
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I leave My jacks down while my A/S is parked due to aim in and out of it working on it all the time.

its parked on a concrete driveway

when i go to get ready to pull it some were i do not notice any problems with leaving the jacks down (but aim a newbie). but i would think the best person to ask about this would be someone who's fulltiming it
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I leave My jacks down while my A/S is parked due to aim in and out of it working on it all the time.

its parked on a concrete driveway

when i go to get ready to pull it some were i do not notice any problems with leaving the jacks down (but aim a newbie). but i would think the best person to ask about this would be someone who's fulltiming it
They did, and I did. See post #11 above.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:12 AM   #40
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This is my first Winter to store my Airstream. I have the stabilizers down to help take some weight off the suspension and tires. I store it inside on concrete. After reading everyone's comments, maybe I should leave them up?
For long term storage, taking some of the weight off the suspension and wheel bearings is the right thing to do. Just take the advice of most seasoned car collectors - they block the car up so the wheels are just off the ground. Many will also place a plastic sheet on the ground to act as a vapor barrier. Also, on older trailers it will help reduce frame sag
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:30 PM   #41
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I used to put them down after every trip, just to make it easier walking around when I am cleaning up after one trip and getting ready for another. (We camp year around . . . sorry you snow types . . . just a fact.)

Now I've been leaving them up. Ants have started living in the brick parking pad that we created in the back of our property and look for any opportunity to move UP. I routinely spray around my only two tires, the jack stand and the power cord. If I have the stabilizers down, that makes for four more opportunities for infestation. I always removed all the food from the trailer, so I don't know what they are looking for, but look, they do.

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I leave the stabilizer jacks down with a plastic pad under, but I'll also get the tires off the cement by putting safety stands under the frame. Good for the axle and tires, but also makes it harder to steal, which might be a problem where I store it.

We may not have as much snow as those in the "High Country". (do not reference the sixties)
I do it this way in Bflo.
Stab's up, tires off, and bag the brakes.
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