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Old 10-02-2015, 09:54 PM   #21
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Ehh- I heard the same thing about JT StrongArms. I can't talk about your homemade stuff.
The homemade JT's are just square tubing and Heim joints, no slop in the joints. I raise the landing jacks about 1/4"-1/2", tighten the lock bolts and then lower. IMO, you have to have the X across the front and enough weight on the rear to stop the side to side motion designed into the jacks. The more vertical you get the rear legs, the more resistance to horizontal movement you get. Putting big blocks under them defeats that resistance. Have fun.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:27 AM   #22
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The homemade JT's are just square tubing and Heim joints, no slop in the joints. I raise the landing jacks about 1/4"-1/2", tighten the lock bolts and then lower. IMO, you have to have the X across the front and enough weight on the rear to stop the side to side motion designed into the jacks.

I'll give that process a shot.
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Old 10-06-2015, 06:00 PM   #23
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The homemade JT's are just square tubing and Heim joints, no slop in the joints. I raise the landing jacks about 1/4"-1/2", tighten the lock bolts and then lower. IMO, you have to have the X across the front and enough weight on the rear to stop the side to side motion designed into the jacks. The more vertical you get the rear legs, the more resistance to horizontal movement you get. Putting big blocks under them defeats that resistance. Have fun.

Oldcoot, if you don't mind me asking, what thickness tubing did you use on yours and did you make the brackets that connect the ends or did you find some pre made that works? I have been looking at the JT system and cannot see where it should cost that much when I could build it for probably less than half. Also you tighten it before lowering it all the way down? This doesn't stress the landing gear at all?


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Old 10-06-2015, 08:30 PM   #24
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Oldcoot, if you don't mind me asking, what thickness tubing did you use on yours and did you make the brackets that connect the ends or did you find some pre made that works? I have been looking at the JT system and cannot see where it should cost that much when I could build it for probably less than half. Also you tighten it before lowering it all the way down? This doesn't stress the landing gear at all?
I used 0.075" 1" sq. wall tubing for the inner and 0.090" wall 1.25"sq outer. I welded nuts in the ends for the 5/16" Heim joints. IMO, there is very little stress on the landing jacks or the stab jacks as the weight of the trailer is holding the pad firmly on the ground and the upper end is held firmly by the attaching hardware. I have used these same struts on 2 trailers since 08 and have had no problems.
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The homemade JT's are just square tubing and Heim joints, no slop in the joints. I raise the landing jacks about 1/4"-1/2", tighten the lock bolts and then lower. IMO, you have to have the X across the front and enough weight on the rear to stop the side to side motion designed into the jacks. The more vertical you get the rear legs, the more resistance to horizontal movement you get. Putting big blocks under them defeats that resistance. Have fun.


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I'll give that process a shot.

Welp, all setup in Moab. I tightened the landing gear and then lowered the jacks somewhat. The rear, I raised like I normally do (seemingly that 1"). I haven't put the axle jacks in place yet.

We'll see how it does.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:51 PM   #26
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I may need to reread this thread but I did not see where supports under the slide outs were mentioned. We have had rocking with all our trailers ( both 5th wheel and TT's). The best thing we have found is putting supports under the slide outs.
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I may need to reread this thread but I did not see where supports under the slide outs were mentioned. We have had rocking with all our trailers ( both 5th wheel and TT's). The best thing we have found is putting supports under the slide outs.

My owners manual specifically calls them out and says to NOT use them.
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I do not think any modern slide allows for their use to avoid damage when things settle.

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I may need to reread this thread but I did not see where supports under the slide outs were mentioned. We have had rocking with all our trailers ( both 5th wheel and TT's). The best thing we have found is putting supports under the slide outs.
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