Storing Your Camper in the Yard - Nose Up or Nose Down??

Discussion in 'Camper Storage / Winterizing & De-Winterizing' started by BikeNFish, Apr 24, 2019.

How do you store your pup when it is outside?

  1. Nose up.

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  2. Nose down.

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  3. Level.

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  1. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    I finally was able to get my pup out of it's indoor winter storage home and parked it on it's summer storage area on a slab out in the yard. I have a major down slope behind the slab so I parked it with it's nose down to make it lean forward away from the slope, but was thinking that maybe it would be better to park it with the nose up for water drainage purposes. That got me wondering, "Does nose up vs nose down really make a drainage difference?"

    How do you store your camper outdoors and why?
     
  2. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I have always stored it nose up. 1) my reasoning is I have a front trunk on my camper and try to keep most of the water in the back of the camper vrs a waterfall all on the trunk. 2) it’s just easier. I can back up to get hitched without needing to adjust the hitch height. I worry about all the water going towards the AC unit instead and times I feel maybe nose down will be better.
     
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    J Starsky Well-Known Member

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    2% drainage is what they teach us in road work, right?
     
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    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

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    up or down so long as not level
     
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    J Starsky Well-Known Member

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    There might be a 2LiveCrew joke to make around here, but I refuse to sell it. Google Face Down if you want in... HAHAHAHA
     
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    I've had rain leak in through the ac plenum with the nose down, I store level or nose up.
     
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    However it comes off the hitch is how it is stored. My roof has a slight dome shape to it, so even level it sheds water. Between trips it stays level so I can open it up.
     
  8. jeeper88

    jeeper88 Let's go Camping and Jeepin

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    Mine also has a slite dome so I go level.
     
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    Stored our pup nose down even with its front storage box.. Generally store both the utility trailer and the TT nose down as well.. Although this year due to work and weather schedules clashing the TT stayed level the whole winter..
     
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    I store ours nose up, I can get more slope on it that way, plus I don't need to fuss with it the next time I back into it
     
  11. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    I chose level just because I open it up all the time. We live in Florida, so not like any long stretches where it's not used.
     
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    I keep ours nose up. Prefer the runoff to go off the back end rather than onto the propane tank and wiring for the battery
     
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    the perimeter framing will always hold a little water back on our ALiner roof, so it likely does not matter for me.
     
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    Our pups were stored nose down, since that's the way the driveway is sloped. The first one only had an LP tank, second one both battery and tank, but the run off didn't hit those directly. Neither had a/c or storage area to worry about.
    We do level the TT front-to-back, because we leave the refrigerator running most of the time during camping season. The cross slope of the driveway means is drains a bit to the left side. We did find that one battery box filled with rain because the drip line of the curved front dropped it right into the vent on that box. The boxes are off-set a bit, so it didn't happen in the other one. We drilled drainage holes as we couldn't figure out another easy solution.
     
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    With the cover and ac on the roof water can’t really pool so it’s level so I can open it up if I need it. Interesting question though
     
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    Covered and nose up. Breathable cover is long enough to cover battery and spare tire on back. Small solar panel, under the cover, even helps maintain battery.
     
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    Nose up. I also had a trunk and wanted the snow melt to run off the back.
     
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    Always store mine nose down...my only reasoning for this is that I had a leak at the rear seam when I bought it and wanted to avoid as much run off in that area as possible until I confirmed it was no longer leaking. The leak has been fixed, but the habit remains. I don't have tongue storage to worry about.
     
  19. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I keep the nose up just for Hitching reasons.
     
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    Me too
     

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