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dtzackus

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Posted: 06/25/12 06:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This past weekend, I backed into the site and noticed the site wasn't level front and back, a moderate grade. Parked it where I wanted it, prefectly level left to right, but the back to front was way off. Luckily, I had a few 2x6's and 1x6's to put underneath, I even added some plastic lynx blocks to help out. The hitch was a good 2 feet off the ground. I dropped the jacks on all four sides, but I still got a little wobble inside the camper when the kids were walking around.

Any suggestions or recommendations I could of done differently? Thanks in advance...


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Posted: 06/25/12 06:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

two feet off the ground would not be very extreme on my trailer at least. There is a good chance your movement was due to having the stab jacks at the corners which allows the suspension to still bounce due to frame flex. Adding a third set of stabs amidships is easy, inexpensive and pretty effective in preventing suspension bounce. You can even try it out with just a couple of jack stands before investing in the set of stabs.
Good luck / Skip


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Skip, where would I put a third set???

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Running the wheels on the front axle up onto a couple of 2-bys might help out a bit, plus more blocks under the front stabilizers - the less the stabilizer are extended, the sturdier they are


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I take it you could not move back into the site further and cut down on the height of the tongue. I get nervous when my TT tongue is that high

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2' in the air doesn't seem that high. I wouldn't worry about it.

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My wife was just "scared" that we would fall off the blocks and wreck the camper... Plus I was a little annoyed with the boucy feel when the kids were walking around. O well.

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We boondock in the "outback" and often have the hitch at least that high. In addition to blocks of wood to support the jack, I also carry two 8"-4x4s and two 8"-8x8 blocks for under the front, or rear stabilizers as needed. I agree with "cathcartww" in that the less the stabilizers have to be extended the better.


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Trailer movement has been discussed on this Forum. Look onto JT's Strongarm Stabilizers.
They help but on anything other than a concrete pad there will be movement between the corner stabilizers (not jacks) and the ground.


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Two feet is nothing.

For more stability put blocks under the stab jacks. They allow more movement the further they are extended.


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