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Old 07-27-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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How to make trailer more stable?

At night time when I am sleeping in the front bed of my 233T, I can easily feel the movements from the people sleeping in the rear bed. I have the 4 corner stabilizers down and also 4 chocks on the tires.

My previous trailer trailer did not move so easily, but it was 1000 pounds heavier and 5 feet longer. But I also had corner stabilizers and wheel chocks installed.

Unless the issue is the different type of stabilizer on the Surveyor. The previous trailer had the type of stabilizer where the threaded rod lowered down with the pad. The Surveyor has what I would call is a stab-type stabilizer.

Looking for suggestions.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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when you say 4 chocks on the tires, do you mean wedge chocks or tandem wheel chocks?

if wedge chocks, you need to invest in tandem wheel chocks. wedge chocks do very little other than keep the wheels from rolling.

you can make your own for under $20 or buy manufactured ones.
Roto-Chok is the best out there but they aren't cheap.
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I will keep that in mind. But I just thought of another difference between my existing and past trailer. The heavier trailer had a leaf suspension, while the Surveyor has torsion. Maybe the torsion is contributing to this easy movement?
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Install stabilizer's on Jack's.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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I will keep that in mind. But I just thought of another difference between my existing and past trailer. The heavier trailer had a leaf suspension, while the Surveyor has torsion. Maybe the torsion is contributing to this easy movement?
Go to Harbor Freight or Northern Tool and buy 2 jacks and put in front of the front axle or between the axles and just take a little of the load off the tires.

Of course, that is in addition to f1100turbo's suggestion of stablilizers on the jacks themselves. XChocks are much better that the 4 wheel chocks that you put on the ground.
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What jacks do you have on your Surveyor? mine came with some extremely cheap jacks that are too lightweight for the TT, After upgrading to some higher quality jacks, mine is much better. The tandem wedge chocks are also a good suggestion.
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""I can easily feel the movements from the people sleeping in the rear bed""

They're not sleeping....When the trailer is rockin', don't come knockin'
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I think the "X" chocks work really well if it's tandem wheels you have. They lock both tandem wheels/tires solidly together.

Seems to me that some of the flex is vertical movement and some is sideways movement. I saw in a magazine a few days ago that one company makes an angle brace that goes from the top of the jack on one side to the the bottom of the jack on the other side. Might help a lot.

As suggested, I think it would really help to put a jack (like bottle jack) under each axle on each side. What the heck, it's only more weight to tow around everywhere. There's quite a bit of flex in the steel frame and if it's just sitting on the tires in the center, you will feel deflection in the frame since there is movement in the springs and some in the tires.
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I think the "X" chocks work really well if it's tandem wheels you have. They lock both tandem wheels/tires solidly together.

Seems to me that some of the flex is vertical movement and some is sideways movement. I saw in a magazine a few days ago that one company makes an angle brace that goes from the top of the jack on one side to the the bottom of the jack on the other side. Might help a lot.

As suggested, I think it would really help to put a jack (like bottle jack) under each axle on each side. What the heck, it's only more weight to tow around everywhere. There's quite a bit of flex in the steel frame and if it's just sitting on the tires in the center, you will feel deflection in the frame since there is movement in the springs and some in the tires.
We use the jack on the axle on each side and it does cut down the movement quite a bit. Not all of it, but its much more stable this way and its a cheap fix.
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Triangulation is the key to stabilization.
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