to wheel, or not to wheel...that is the quesion.

Discussion in 'Camper Storage / Winterizing & De-Winterizing' started by yawperfred, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. yawperfred

    yawperfred New Member

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    My wife & I are *newbies* to the PUP world, and therefore, have lots of questions re the use & storage of our PUP. Today's question has to do with "driveway storage" of our trailer; when the PUP is stored in the drive way for an extended period of time, is it ok to just keep the front wheel on the hitch or should we remove it and have the front of the trailer resting on a block of wood? Look fwd to the replies!

    Gary & Jo
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    Retired Alex New Member

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    This is a personal preference. If your driveway is paved, you may want to use the wheel in case you want to move the trailer. If your driveway is gravel the wheel will be useless, it is not big enough to prevent itself from sinking in the gravel.

    Alex & Mary Burnett
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    Whatever works best for you. Our driveway is gravel but we put the tongue wheel on a piece of 2x8 so it doesn't sink in.


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    ILUVTHEBEACH Suburbs of Philly, PA

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    Get a trailer dolly then it won't matter. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

    BTW, welcome to PUP and good luck on what you decide.

    '66 Michael <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_beer.gif border=0 align=middle>; '70 Sherry <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle>; '89 Aaron <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>; '94 Annelysse <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>; '00 Frank <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hotdog.gif border=0 align=middle>(Camping Dachshund)
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    My PU sits on its wheel on concrete. You might want to consider a support beneath the wheel or tongue, especially if it's sitting on asphalt. I've seen fully inflated car tires sink into asphalt during the summer in AZ.

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    yawperfred New Member

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    thanks all for the replies. it certainly sounds like its personal preference on this one. i do appreciate the input tho. my thinking was to preserve the life expectancy of the wheel by removing (removing the constant stress on the wheel) it while the PUP was in the driveway. we do have a cement driveway, so i don't anticipate the wheel sinking...if it does, i think we have bigger problems!!! :) thanks again & happy trails to all.

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    Gary,
    Just make sure that if you leave the wheel on that you block it so that it will not role around especially if your driveway is sloped.
    Happy Camping.


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    yawperfred New Member

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    ogeer3; well, i've never been accused of "underkill", thats for sure, just ask my wife! i come from the school of *overkill* - i have both rear wheels and the front hitch wheel chalked. our driveway is slanted towards our garage...hoping to never find the PUP attempting to find its way into the garage if you know what i mean. thanks for the input, certainly appreciate it.



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    My Starcraft has a Shelby A-Frame jack on the front and it came with both a dolly wheel and an optional "foot". The wheel or the foot come off in transit and when we get to where-ever it is were going, then make the choice of which one to use. The wheel, of course, allows you to move the trailer tounge (and the trailer) by hand pushing, but the foot works best in the softer ground, especially if it has a sand content. Usually when setting home in the driveway I'll use the foot mostly, too. But when storing the camper for the winter, will not use either, but instead will retract the shaft of the jack all the way and rest the nose of the A-Frame on a 4" X 4" block of wood so that the camper is sloped downward to ensure a good water runoff.

    Fly

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