Before takedown, do i loosen back stabilizers? And front jack?

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  1. lynnmarie0123

    lynnmarie0123 Active Member

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    Im ready to put pop up away as were expecting lots of heavy storms.

    do i raise the 2 back stabilizers that are now on ground? Do i raise the One front jack (under front bunk) before lowering my roof?
     
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    Lower the roof while the camper is still level. Then crank up the stabs. I like to lower the tongue jack to help the roof shed water.
     
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    Ok because i read on here that if lowered with back stabilizers still lowered tight to ground it causes “binding” whatever that means.
     
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    Depend on the manufacturer and the time period your trailer was built as manufacturers flipped flipped on this, but some people raise the stabs, then lower the roof all done with the trailer level side to side and front to back.

    The saying... roof up, stabs down . Stabs up, roof down.
     
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    What lift system do you have? I am assuming it's a goshen lift, because Forest River seems to use it exclusively. The manual says to lower the stabs before lifting the roof, but then says to raise them before lowering. So I don't think it actually matters so much, though following the procedure exactly can't hurt anything.
    With my Rockwood (also made by Forest River), I raise and lower the top with the stabs down, but they are just snugged.
    In any case, it's important that the camper is level before raising or lowering the top--far bigger a concern than if the stabs are down or not imho.
     
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    Okaaaaaaay......
     
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    thank you that makes sense!!!!! Not sure on the lift. I think it says PowerWinch ?
     
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    If you look at Coleman pups from the 60's it will say stabs down roof up, got the 80's it will be the opposite, roof up, stabs down. Same goes for Bonair, Palomino, all of them.. they seem to flip flop with each generation of pup.. My 2004 Palomino was roof up stabs down .
     
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    My manual for my 1996 Viking says front should be lower than back, stabs down, then level, then raise. It doesn't say anything about taking down. I've read various comments about this process as it relates to putting the door in place, too.
     
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    With the Fleetwoods in the 2000s the line was "Up before down." Roof goes up then stabilizers go down. Stabilizers go up then roof goes down.
     
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    Unless there is a mechanical interlock, it should not matter.

    What matters is that the frame is level and not twisted or bent, before you start cranking the roof down.
     
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    I would download an owners manual and do whatever it says...
     
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    I only put our stabilizers up until they are barely off the ground, just to get the pressure off of the frame, in case we have to get back in the trailer for something we forgot to do. After top is down then we fully raise the stabilizers.
     
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    I recently was out looking at pups with the one nephew, one thing I noticed was prior to mid 1990s, pup frames were built from some pretty robust steel tubes, since then the frames have gotten lighter and thinner. This may account for manufactures changing the order of stabs and roof around that same time period, it definitely is why on some older trailers the manual stated to use the stabs to slightly raise the trailer when changing a wheel.
     
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    Our 2008 jayco says to put stabilizers down first then put the top up. Since finding this place I put the top up than put the stabilizers down.
     
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    Like Alan said above, I'd take any pressure off the stabilizers and put the roof down. When it was down and secured, put them all the way up.

    The pup does need to be level for raising and lowering but the stabs shouldn't be leveling anything. Your stabs being in the back only really just keep it from tipping backwards when the back bunk is out and being used.
     
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    On our 2008 Starcraft 2106 the manual says roof up then stabilizers down. Stabilizers up then roof down.
     

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