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How to Store a Truck Camper – Sit or Stand

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In the winter, the camper comes off the truck, is covered and then has four six-ton jacks and 2x4s for support.  We now carry the two jacks in a milk crate in exterior storage, but used to put them in the wheel well area per tip from Rob McCullock.  The extra small weight from carrying the jacks is worth our piece of mind.” – Anne and Joe Brown, 2013 Ford F450 , 2013 Chalet TS-116

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“Ninety percent of the time the camper is on the truck, jacks off, ready to camp.  I have to put the jacks on when I take the camper off.  If it’s only for a day or two, I leave it up on the jacks so I do not need to lower and lift it again.  If it’s off longer I have a dolly I made for the camper.” – Bill Harr, 2005 Tundra, 2013 Hawk shell custom build

“I rent indoor storage for my boat, camper, and an older 1973 pickup in the winter.  The old pickup is strong enough to hold the camper, and by itself is useless.  It’s a 1973 GM Camper Special, two wheel drive, 454 V8 in Minnesota winter ice and snow.  The current camper is stored in that pickup’s box.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050

“I believe having it supported while in storage is huge.  I don’t leave it on the truck unless we are traveling.  At home it goes on a dolly so that I can push it around in the barn.  I also lower the jacks just until they are snug for a bit of extra support.” – Gerry Minor, 2009 Ford F150, 2006 Palomino 1251

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“I leave the camper on the jacks and lower it as far as I safely can.  This allows me to raise the front slightly to improve water drainage from the roof.  It is very stable and easy to enter and exit the camper in this position.” – Eldon Rhodes, 2008 Chevy 3500HD, 2011 Lance 1050

“I unload my camper with an underbelly support.” – Andre Van De Walle, 1997 Dodge Ram, 2012 Travel Lite 1000RX

“I unload the camper without underbody support.” – Bill Gage, 2003 Ram 2500, Northstar TC650

“This is a good question as I am coming up to the first winter with my camper.  It is still on the truck, with one more camping trip planned.  I think I am going to have it sit on blocks under the camper with the jacks down as well.  But from what I hear, it’s not really required and jacks only will work.” – Dwight Donaldson, 2014 2500 HD, 2015 Wolf Creek 840

“We take it off the truck and rest the camper on saw horses with the four corner legs bearing some of the weight.  We go in and out of it periodically and resting on two saw horses provides some degree of stability.” – Kurt Haskel, 2002 Ford F350, 2011 Wolf Creek 850

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“I empty the tanks, remove clothes, and food.  Then, I remove the camper from the truck and place saw horses with 2×6 boards.  Then, I connect the Torklift Wobble Stopper and store it in the garage.” – Marc Quintana, 2007 Chevy 3500HD, 2014 Wolf Creek 850

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“I unload the camper with electric jacks and store it without underbelly support.” – Lance Martin, 2015 Ford F250, 2014 Palomino HS-6601

“I unload my camper without underbelly support.  I lower the corner jacks almost all of the way down.  That’s how it was stored at the dealer.  Looking under the camper, it looks as though the support under the floor is strong enough to do it this way.” – Howard Bisco, 2015 Ford F250, 2014 Palomino HS6601

“I never remove camper from the truck.  The camper is light weight.  I do not use the jacks installed.” – Chris Walton, 2008 Nissan Frontier, 2008 Four Wheel Camper Eagle

“I unload my camper, put it on a dolly, and roll it into the shop where it is stored.” – Paul Oulton, 2014 Ford 350, 2015 Northstar 850 popup

“The camper is stored in my garage.  If I have to work on the camper, it’s stored on a dolly that I purchased from Lance.  Otherwise it’s stored on the truck.” – Carl Mutschler, 1995 Dodge 3500, 1995 Lance 1181 Max

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