Loading and Unloading Your Camper.

     With electric jacks loading and unloading your camper can be done in a matter of minutes. However if you don’t observe a few simple rules, it can turn into a nightmare. The large campers weigh upwards of 1200kg so care should be taken.
 

We always endeavour to give you a thorough ‘education’ in loading and unloading the campers. However if you bought your camper elsewhere, here are a few things to remember.
 

·       The legs on campers are very strong vertically - lifting straight up and down when the camper and the ground are level. However their lateral strength is limited so care has to be taken when the ground is not level.
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If you don’t have level ground then you should endeavour to have your vehicle facing uphill before unloading. Proper footpads should then be placed under the jacks with two or more stacked on the downhill side.
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Always lift the front of the camper first so that it is approximately 4” or 100mm higher than the back.
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You should use a spirit level to check that the camper is level and slightly higher at the front, which is where the weight is.
The spirit level should be placed on the floor inside the camper door. ·  
When unloading, be careful when the legs start taking the weight off the truck. If it is not level the truck will move a small amount as the weight is lifted.
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Similarly when loading the camper, as the weight goes on to the truck the legs may kick out a bit as the load comes off them, especially on uneven ground. Keeping it level is so important.
 

· Be very careful if there is a sideways slope, no matter how slight. Lift the low side first so that the camper is level. This is most important. When the legs are extended the camper must be level.
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Likewise when loading the camper on uneven ground, keep the camper level at all times. It is more important to have the camper as level as possible, even if it is not initially parallel with the truck tray.
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Footpads should only be used to stop the camper legs sinking into the ground and to build the low side up by around 4” to 6” - 100mm to 150mm.
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You should read and thoroughly understand the jack manufacturers manual and ensure that you maintain the jacks in good working order at all times.
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If you are loading or unloading and the jacks start making any unusual noises then you should check that the camper is level (slightly higher at the front).
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Never over extend the jacks. They have marks to indicate their maximum extent
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Likewise never retract them fully, usually an inch from the end is good.
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Rear jacks will often extend or retract at different rates. This would be due to the load on each jack, with the lighter load going faster. Just keep an eye on them and adjust so that they are even.
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The front jacks seem to travel at an even speed but always watch and check the spirit level.
 

·       Never be afraid to phone and ask if you are not sure. It could save you big dollars and save you from ruining your trip.  It’s not as if you are asking for directions!
 

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