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Posted: 05/04/11 04:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello everyone! I was just wondering if any of you have/use scissor jacks on your coach? I was thinking of welding two to the rear of my Four Winds for better stabilization. Comments?Concerns?Questions? As usual any and all feedback is welcome....


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Yes I have a pair. We had an '88 22' class C which I put the Quick to Ground one on. Which is more of a beam with jacks on the ends. I feel that the stabilizer should be as close as practical behind the rear axel. We now have an '03 24' class C. Because of the larger gas tank I could get the QTG beam as close the the rear axel as I wanted so I put on a pair of the scissor jacks. I would rather bolt them on than weld.

Last I looked there were drive motors that can be put on the scissor jacks. That would make them all the more interesting.

I only put them down if we are going to stay put for a few days.

I may try to rebuild the QTG beam and put it on the front, but we have a front hitch on to attach our bicycle to.

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I have 4 bolted on. Work great at stabilizing and help somewhat at leveling.


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I have 4 bolted on.

Welding is a little risky and bolting is just as good and takes about the same amount of time.


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I have 2 on the rear that the dealership installed with bolts. They are solid but I see very little inprovment in stabilizing the 32' MH.

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My RV came with a bolt on scissor jack system from BAL

BAL SJ System

Because of the way a Class C is attached to the chassis, there is just so much stabilization that you can do. The jacks help steady the coach noticeably when compared to no jacks and will provide 3 or 4 inches worth of leveling. Major leveling still require blocks.


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Ours has 2 slides, one on each side of the Motorhome. We use these, except ours are 7,000lbs each. With the slides, I find it best to use them on the corners of the body instead of on the frame. I started using them on the frame and the motorhome was still a little bouncy when climbing into the coach or if one of the kids was moving around on their bunks which are on the bedroom slide. Once I moved them to the corners of the body, the motorhome was a lot more stable.

Although the scissor jacks would be easier, with our motorhome the Stack Jacks work better. If you don't have slides, the scissor jacks would probably be fine.

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I have two scissor jacks in the rear of my unit. Are they used more for the control of rocking and such or do you use them to level the MH?
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Yes...just did this actually. Welded the Jacks on to a beefy piece of angle which I then mounted just behind the rear axle. Still not totally stable, but much better. Looking to mount to more in front if I can figure out how to do it.

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JRandall wrote:

...Looking to mount to more in front if I can figure out how to do it.
The second to seventh pictures show what (B-Plus) Dario did to the front of his Trail-Lite with a Chevy chassis -
Click Here. You can see that he uses 1 jack (I believe an electric 5,000 lb one) that can lift the front wheels off the ground.


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