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I've just been to my storage facility to do a bit orf washing and polishing. Imagine my surprise, when upon leaving, and driving round other vans heading for the exit, I saw a caravan in one of the "ranks" with no road wheels on, jockey wheel in up position, and the whole weight of the van sitting on the four corner steadies, each one being on a pile of blocks !!. :o

Surely this is going to create damage to the floor of the van and also to the steady mountings. I can't believe that this can be a suitable way to store your treasured possession !!, any opinions ??.

Cheers Mike R.

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Our van has the wheels off but is on Winter Wheels. You can't miss them as they are a garish yellow! I used to put previous caravans onto axle stands during the Winter but can't do it with this one as the mover makes access to the axle tube almost impossible. Only problem with the Winter Wheels is that, as they fix to the brake drum, the suspension is not completely relaxed as axle stands under the tube allows.

I don't like to leave the same bit of wheel supporting the weight of the van all Winter & it's difficult to move them around at the storage site.

Formally 'MagentaMan'... with Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 5 seat Auto 2011/Lunar 530 2013 with mover.

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Our storage site wouldn't allow that as they want to be able to move vans in an emergency, for example fire. Imagine the mayhem if one caught fire (I accept unlikely) and this spread along the ranks!

Ian.
2013 Freelander 2 SD4 Auto / 2005 Bailey Pageant Vendée; 1952 Norton ES2

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Hi Michael,

I have had experience of a 'van, in this state and there was a collapse so I would never advise it. It was thought that there was a cat trapped underneath but it had got away though it's frightening to think that a child may have been playing under there,

Regards,

Ian.

Bailey Unicorn Vigo and a 2017 Ford S Max and a Mercedes SLK AMG Sport 9 speed, my mid life crisis solver.

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Or have the wheels been nicked :unsure:

In a storage compound, you would hope not ! Wouldn't inspire confidence ;)

Regards
Ian

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We were levelling the van using our Fiamm ramps at a CC National Rally a few years ago when I noticed a chap watching me with great interest. He enquired as to what I was doing and was amazed when I told him, he took me to his elderly van and showed me the wheels about 2 inches off the ground! Apparently he levelled the van with the corner steadies and had strips of angle iron welded to the steadies as they kept collapsing, he promptly got himself some ramps from the accessory tent and saved his caravan floor! You meet all sorts when caravanning.

 

Pete.

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"elderly caravan" possibly can tolerate jacking by the corner steadies - sandwich construction with lightweight wishbone chassis introduced in the 1980s saw an end to the earlier box girder construction (except Carlight) which was much stiffer (and heavier).

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Our storage site wouldn't allow that as they want to be able to move vans in an emergency, for example fire. Imagine the mayhem if one caught fire (I accept unlikely) and this spread along the ranks!

 

Ian

I'd thought of the evacuation aspect in an emergency, esp. fire, but all the other vans there have some form of movement prevention, wheel clamps, hitch locks, so can't see much movement if a fire. Just hope that they are insured which is a condition of the storage!

 

PeteR

Formally 'MagentaMan'... with Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 5 seat Auto 2011/Lunar 530 2013 with mover.

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It depends on how the legs are attached to the caravan, before the 80's most were attached to a solid steel chassis which would dissipate the load from each leg under the walls of the van where most of the rigidity is.

 

When Alko came up with the lightweight chassis the legs were mounted through the far less rigid floor, however it depends what provision is 'within' the floor as to how much damage or not taking the wheels off will do.

Originally long wide planks of solid hardwood within the floor, ran the width of the van to, like the solid steel chassis, take the load under the walls, later design is simply a small block of wood which does little or nothing to spread the load and certainly no where near to where the strength is

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Mine looks the same from a distance. i have it on axle stands, which the trail arms mostly obscure. but if you look under than van you can clearly see all 4 of them.

 

the wheels are wrapped up in the garage. have had a couple of comments though.

 

a question regarding winter wheels, i agree they prevent the damage of tyres through UV and squaring/cracking, but they do not take the "weight" of the suspension and the rubber tubes in the axle. has anyone ever heard of these tubes needing replacing due to long term storage ?.

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Mine looks the same from a distance. i have it on axle stands, which the trail arms mostly obscure. but if you look under than van you can clearly see all 4 of them.

 

the wheels are wrapped up in the garage. have had a couple of comments though.

 

a question regarding winter wheels, i agree they prevent the damage of tyres through UV and squaring/cracking, but they do not take the "weight" of the suspension and the rubber tubes in the axle. has anyone ever heard of these tubes needing replacing due to long term storage ?.

Hi,

I did have a problem with a Swift Danette as the 'van was sagging on one side. I don't know whether or not it was due to conditions when stored but the axle was replaced under warranty,

Regards,

Ian

Bailey Unicorn Vigo and a 2017 Ford S Max and a Mercedes SLK AMG Sport 9 speed, my mid life crisis solver.

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