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Old 06-25-2017, 04:09 AM   #1
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How do you make the Rpod stable when parked?

I have dropped the rear supports and of course the front hitch. Is there a secret to this? Should I have both cranked to the point of lifting the wheels or what is the procedure?

When I get in and carefully walk around the front end "jack" seems to be moving/bouncing a bit...I sense movement and hear it as well.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-25-2017, 05:50 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the stabilizers on the back of your Rpod, but, I'm pretty sure they're not designed to lift the wheels off the ground.
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:43 AM   #3
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Do not EVER use the corner jacks to lift the wheels off the ground. When you pull into a campsite, level the trailer first. From side-to-side, pulling the low wheel on to a piece of 2 X 10 if you need it to get a low side lined up with a higher one. Then level front to back using the crank on the front of the hitch. It helps to carry a small torpedo level to place on a flat section of the trailer to determine when it is level.

Then, using the corner jacks, crank each one down. When the jack touches the ground, give it maybe one more turn to make sure it is tight with the ground. Do each of these in turn the same way and you should have no trouble with bounce in your trailer. Like many people who like simplicity, I use a cordless drill with a socket that fits the jacks. It's much quicker. When the drill moves the jack to touch the ground, then I just give it a little "bump" to make sure it is tight.

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Old 06-25-2017, 07:05 AM   #4
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I saw a novel way of stabilizing a trailer at the Gettysburg Rally using home made supports and a cargo strap. I have photos in the phone and will try and transfer them to the laptop and get them on this thread. The photo will make sense of the below.

Basically, he screwed a 24 inch piece of 2x4 (with ends cut to parallel angles) to a 12 inch piece of 2x8 to make an angled "T". About 8 inches up the 2x4 from the base (2x8) an eyebolt lag is screwed in to the camper side of the angled 2x4.

One of these assemblies is inserted into the space between the I-Beam frame on each corner of the camper. The eyebolts are connected by the cargo strap and tightened.

Because the top of the 2x4 is wedged into the top flange of the frame, and the bottom is being pulled towards the frame by the strap. It makes like a legged platform to carry a small portion of the camper's weight, stabilizing it left and right, as well as up and down.

An elegant solution to a tough problem.
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Old 06-25-2017, 12:34 PM   #5
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I have dropped the rear supports and of course the front hitch. Is there a secret to this? Should I have both cranked to the point of lifting the wheels or what is the procedure?

When I get in and carefully walk around the front end "jack" seems to be moving/bouncing a bit...I sense movement and hear it as well.

Thanks in advance.
Don't attempt to lift the trailer using the Jack's as someone else noted. I have. 2016 183G and it has stabilizers in the front as well as the rear and simply lower them to the block so that there is just enough pressure to stop the block is from moving.
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Old 06-25-2017, 03:48 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone! This forum is amazing.

Unfortunately this 2010 Rpod 172 only has leveling jacks on the back. It also does not have ibeams so the very cool suggestion/picture on this thread probably will not work...but thanks very much for the input!
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Old 06-25-2017, 09:19 PM   #7
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Since it's a single axle trailer, a BAL leveler chock is an extremely popular solution.
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Ok...I will get one ordered...thanks!
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