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Old 09-08-2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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Just got back from another camping trip over the weekend. I noticed that with all four stabilizer jacks down and the camper sitting level, I can still feel it move when someone walks around or enters the camper.
Does anyone have any extra leveling or stabilizing that they do?

A neighbor guy on one of our camp sites recommended putting a small hand crank jack up under the middle axle of the RV. He said this would keep it from bouncing around with the suspension.

Anyone ever do this?
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:37 PM   #2
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Just got back from another camping trip over the weekend. I noticed that with all four stabilizer jacks down and the camper sitting level, I can still feel it move when someone walks around or enters the camper.
Does anyone have any extra leveling or stabilizing that they do?

A neighbor guy on one of our camp sites recommended putting a small hand crank jack up under the middle axle of the RV. He said this would keep it from bouncing around with the suspension.

Anyone ever do this?
Sounds like a good way to get an axle mis-aligned or worse bending it. I'm sure others will chime in how they take some of the bounce out of their trailers, but for us we just don't worry about it. It's a camper, not a house built on a concrete foundation. But again, I would not support the trailer with a jack under the axle under any circumstance. IMO
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but for us we just don't worry about it. IMO
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I push the auto level button, crack open a beer, and let the 6 jacks do their thing. When all is level, I complain to DW about how hard it is to level this big of a coach and that she needs to bring me another beer.
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Sounds like a good way to get an axle mis-aligned or worse bending it. I'm sure others will chime in how they take some of the bounce out of their trailers, but for us we just don't worry about it. It's a camper, not a house built on a concrete foundation. But again, I would not support the trailer with a jack under the axle under any circumstance. IMO
I saw that too and after thinking about it, I think the OP meant "between the axles", not in the middle of the axles.
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I agree with the above- don't jack up the axle, put the jack on the frame of the camper and support that.

There are 3 main components of stabilization that can be attempted one after another:
1) A good between-the-wheel chock
2) Triangulation at the stabilizers (Steadyfast system, JT StrongArms, BAL, homemade, etc.)
3) A jack near to the frame near the axles
4) Support under the entry step

Some do some, some do all. Your preference matters.

For us, it wasn't about preference as we had to get as much stabilization as possible- my mother-in-law gets motion sick extremely easy and as much as I'd like to ditch the b..witch, we had to do something so she could stay with us.
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no matter what you do, its still sitting on bouncy rubber tires. I use X-chocks between the wheels. The more wood blocks you stack under stabilizers it helps. The further the jacks are extended, the more flex they have.
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I agree with the above- don't jack up the axle, put the jack on the frame of the camper and support that.

There are 3 main components of stabilization that can be attempted one after another:
1) A good between-the-wheel chock
2) Triangulation at the stabilizers (Steadyfast system, JT StrongArms, BAL, homemade, etc.)
3) A jack near to the frame near the axles
4) Support under the entry step

Some do some, some do all. Your preference matters.

For us, it wasn't about preference as we had to get as much stabilization as possible- my mother-in-law gets motion sick extremely easy and as much as I'd like to ditch the b..witch, we had to do something so she could stay with us.



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no matter what you do, its still sitting on bouncy rubber tires. I use X-chocks between the wheels. The more wood blocks you stack under stabilizers it helps. The further the jacks are extended, the more flex they have.
Jacks between the axles or directly in front of the axles like I did takes the suspension/tires out of the bounce equation.
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