Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-07-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
Junior Member
Toolpusher's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19
Stablilzing 8319SS

I have a question. I know that you are supposed to level the trailer side to side with boards, plastic blocks, etc. Then level front to back with the tongue jack. I know that the stablilizer jacks are not for leveling.
Can someone use bottle jacks to help with the leveling and stabilization of the trailer? Where would these jacks be placed?
Has anyone done this and how do you like it?


Toolpusher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2008, 11:54 PM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 15

If you find you haven't been able to get level, backing/ forwarding onto boards then one option is to place a bottle jack between the tandem wheels, under the FRAME, and jack the trailer up to allow you to place an additional board(s) under the wheels. This sounds extreme, but is actually not that difficult. I've had to do it once or twice. A pain in the butt, but doable.

I DO NOT recommend using bottle jacks to level or further stabilize the trailer. Level under your wheels only .... then use your stabilizers to minimize inside movement. You'll never get rid of the normal 'bounce.' It's not really noticeable until you're in bed and DW decides to go down the hall for a pit stop ... or vice verca .... but it's the norm.

Reasonably firm-up the stabilizers and that's all you can do! (IMHO)


John is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2008, 10:18 AM   #3
Head Rambler
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southwest Alabama
Posts: 3,281
Once you get it level side to side with your favorite item and front to back using the tongue jack. Then put your stabilizers down and put some tension on them you could use bottle jacks between the tires to take some of the bounce out. There have been a few people that added stabilizer jacks between the tires to take some of the bounce out of the tires when setup.
Salem 29RKSS Pushing a 2500 Mega-Cab CTD!
Gotta go campin!
Bama Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2008, 01:20 PM   #4
Cyber Phrenologist
Radio's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Fayetteville, GA
Posts: 1,605
As a simple function of leverage, IMHO, the further out you extend your stabilizers the more wobbly they become. Put a bunch of wood blocks or "lego levelers" under the stabilizers so they don't need to extend so far.

Helps a little. Costs nothing.
Admin at, part of the Social Knowledge network.
"RVing and Amateur Radio served up on the same plate"
2008 (or is it 2009?) Rockwood 8280SS - 2007 F-150
Lot's of mostly Kenwood radios

Radio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2008, 07:42 PM   #5
Senior Member
wildwood's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 379
boatds under stabilizers will make them more solid

i have bought a third pair of stabilizers i plan to place near my tires on the frame below. i talked with another owner of the same trailer i have and he said it helped the bounce problem. i got the extra pair on sale from CW for about $50.00
2008 Wildwood LE 29BHBS
wildwood is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 PM.