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I am not the handiest of people. I understand that I can replace my stabilizers by unbolting them from the frame and bolting new ones. I think even I can handle that. My question is: how standard are the holes in the frame for mounting stabilizers? I want to use LoPro SJ24's from BAL. Their video says that it has multiple bolt holes on the connecting plate to accomodate "most" replacement installations. I don't want to have to keep buying different stabilizers until I find one that fits. Any suggestions or input? I have a Skyline Retro travel trailer.


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Some stabilizers may be welded on, have you checked to see what you have? Best bet is to buy the same brand already on it in the same size.


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fla-gypsy has given you good advice.
There isn't much that is "standard" in the RV industry.
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On the other hand- if they are not welded- you can probably cheat and use whatever bolt fits the smallest hole and use washers. The bolts usually do not take that much stress- they hold against wobble and then hold the jacks up off the ground when retracted.

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Mine weren't welded, but I had to drill new holes when I changed out my rear stabilizers..... And I DON'T want to talk about WHY I had to do this...... LOL!!!


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Heres a thought, go to a junk yard and pull four scissor jacks from some cars about the size you need and get them, I got 4 for $40 at the junk yard they want more than that even a walmart for one. Then you can also used them at home or what ever for other jobs too. Plus you don't have to bolt them on just put them in the back of the truck, in the trailer what ever.

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Jim,
I think our stabilizers are welded on. Bring a hammer and chisel, you can probably cut it loose. The welds on mine are pretty minimal mud-dawber type welds.


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I installed BAL stabilizers last year and they do have a large number of holes in the mounting plate and installed easily.

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@smokedummy- I'll go have a look tomorrow. If they are welded, I may need to let someone else do the fix. I don't think i have the skills to drill into the frame, etc. I was hoping to unbolt the bad one and easily replace it. It still does its job. I just don't like that it is hanging lower and may be more prone to snagging than it was to begin with.

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Okay. I headed over to the Colby T and looked at the damaged stabilizer. It can obviously be taken off by removing two bolts. You can see in the photos that there is a piece of metal welded to the frame that the bolts go into. When I look at replacements on line, they seem to have a bracket built on where the metal plate is. Do those unbolt from the jacks? I am confused. I have waited a week now to hear back from the manufacturer to see what brand of stabilizer they use. I need to get this taken care of.







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