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Old 08-03-2016, 09:42 PM   #1
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Is it better to block up your stabilizers?

I had a BAL leveler with my pup so I've been reading on the best way to stabilize my new TT.

Reading through the "Things you see at a RV park thread" someone mentioned that the rear stabilizers should be extended down to a pad not blocked up. That it stabilizes better extended in the back.

So what is the best way? All the "campers" I work with mention they block up their stabilizers.

I have electric stabs by the way.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:25 AM   #2
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I was blocking my stabilizers and have switched to a pad. Not sure if the trailer is anymore stable either way.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:17 AM   #3
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not really sure why but i've always assumed the less you need to extend the stabilizers the better they will stabilize the TT. so i always put blocking under them, usually enough so i only need to extend them 6-10 inches.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:24 AM   #4
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with our current TT, I noticed that the less my "stabilizers" are extend the less rocking I have in the TT. I put the leveling blocks under them. Though with 2kids (sometimes 3) with us, I still use additional stabilizer jacks under the bunkhouse.

I use these, due to sometimes I need more or less depending on the site

https://www.amazon.com/Tri-Lynx-0001.../dp/B0028PJ10K
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:46 PM   #5
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The less they are extended, the wider their stance, hence better stabilization.

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with our current TT, I noticed that the less my "stabilizers" are extend the less rocking I have in the TT. I put the leveling blocks under them. Though with 2kids (sometimes 3) with us, I still use additional stabilizer jacks under the bunkhouse.
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:51 PM   #6
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The less they are extended, the wider their stance, hence better stabilization.

true, but our first one Shasta Revere had the scissor jacks and I would extend them quite a bit and that TT rarely moved. My bro-in-law has the same size TT we have but with Scissor jacks and he puts his to the ground and his is more stable then mine with the power jacks.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:04 PM   #7
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I've tried both. I now use the Universal stabilizers under the frame and they work very well, no matter how we set up the levelers. They look like this:
Universal RV Stabilizer - Valterra 020106 - Stabilizing Jacks - Camping World

I use two along the length of the RV, and one under the back bumper.

The downside to blocking up is severe winds. In May near Myrtle Beach, there was a crazy storm with horrendous straight-line winds. Of course, there was a lot of damage throughout the park. However, there were quite a few RVs blown over or blown off the blocks. It looked like a majority of the ones blown over also were blocked up. After that, I decided to use the levelers down to the pad and just stick with these universal stabilizers to take care of the movement.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:50 PM   #8
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I had a BAL leveler with my pup so I've been reading on the best way to stabilize my new TT.

Reading through the "Things you see at a RV park thread" someone mentioned that the rear stabilizers should be extended down to a pad not blocked up. That it stabilizes better extended in the back.

So what is the best way? All the "campers" I work with mention they block up their stabilizers.

I have electric stabs by the way.

Thanks for any advice.
My wife & I spend 4 months in Arizona. We have a 37 foot TT with 4 tires in a "wide stance" configuration. I use my 4 electric stabs with usually a 2 x 8 underneath plus 4 universal stabilizers which have to be blocked up. We're on crushed rock there so about every 5 days I have to readjust the universals. The stabs are usually good for the 4 months.
When we're travelling, I use the 4 electric stabs again on 1 2 x 8 each.
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It may depend on what type of stabilizer jacks you have. There are manual and powered C jacks, and scissors jacks.

My current TT has scissor jacks and I like to extend them about half way. With my previous Roo that had manual C jacks, I wouldn't extend them more than half way - less would be better, IMO.
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I've tried both. I now use the Universal stabilizers under the frame and they work very well, no matter how we set up the levelers. They look like this:
Universal RV Stabilizer - Valterra 020106 - Stabilizing Jacks - Camping World

I use two along the length of the RV, and one under the back bumper.
Electric Stabilizers down to Lynx pads, X-Chocks between the tires, step support under the folding steps and Valterra Stabilizers like above, under the back bumper and under the front frame just behind the propane tanks. Kept my Flagstaff 27BESS very stable.
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