Elevated storage over winter?

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  1. Matt Benoit

    Matt Benoit Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering if any of you have thoughts on getting the tires off the ground for the off season. I store my pup in an unheated detached garage. If I used some jackstands under the frame to get the wheels off of the ground, might I extend the life of the tires somewhat? Tires are new this year (bias ply). Thanks for your opinions!
     
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    Had a friend that did that on his TT and said it did not help. It is stored in his workshop over the winter. Reducing the tire pressure some may help. Put a note on your trailer tongue to remind you check tire pressure in the spring.
     
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    I thought about lowering the tire pressure also. I'm not sure how prone bias tires are to getting a flat spot from sitting too long. Anyone ever deal with this?
     
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    May have to jack it up anyway to prevent flat spotting.
     
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    I figure the tires are good for 5 years, so im not going to do anything. I did think about it though.
     
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    So, I'm not necessarily trying to get the tires passed the 5 year mark, I'm more or less thinking about avoiding damage (flat spot) so they can make it to 5 years. My pup hasn't moved since July 8th, and likely won't move again until next May. .. Not happy about that BTW
     
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    Park the pup so the tires are on top of something like Lynx Levelers of a short piece of wood, lower the tongue jack and say good night until next year.. If you want add an extra 5 but no more then 10 psi to the tires, if you do this mark the tire psi on the sidewall with some chalk so you remember in the spring that they were over inflated. Outside of that and the normal winterization , that would be about it..
     
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    Increasing the tire pressure helps prevent flat spotting.
     
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    I used to put my boat trailer up on jacks when I stored it outside, but inside, I do not bother.
     
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    Well, I put my PUP on it's tires, on the bare ground, at normal pressure for winter storage for 5 years. Never had a flat spot, never worried about it.
     
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    My pup sits in an unheated garage with concrete floor from November to May. I put jackstands under the tongue to take the pressure off the tongue jack but otherwise don't do anything else. Tires are bias ply and never had a problem.
     
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    I store my trailer off site and outdoors. I support the trailer with jack stands under the axle and remove the wheels in the winter, and store them indoors away from UV rays. Also prevents theft.
     
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    Thanks for the input everyone. I may still put some jackstands under her. It can't hurt anything, if it does help avoid any tire issues it's just a plus.
     
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    Still debating wheels up or wheels down.
    Seems like a hassle to get them up.
    Inflating to +10 PSI sounds good.

    One thing I know for sure, it's bad for the wheels to sit in soggy wet soil and allow ice to form around them.
     
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    I do the same (except I'm lucky to have indoor storage). Having the wheels off every winter gives me a good opportunity to inspect the running gear, adjust the brakes, and grease the bearings. I rotate the tires side to side every spring when I put them back on.

    I believe some members here keep an old set of tires/rims to put on for storage.

    Different climates would warrant different storage strategies.
     
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    I do a clockwise rotation with 2 spares. Spare on camper goes on left, tire on left goes in tow vehicle, spare in tow vehicle goes on right, and right tire moves to camper spare.
     

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