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Old 04-14-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Electric Stabilizer jacks?

Got my new 2640 RLS this week, its sitting in the driveway getting checked out and packed up for a trip to Charleston SC on the 23rd. My old Rockwood had the jacks u cranked down one at a time, electric jacks come down both at the same time and so I assume u have to put wood or whatever under the side that does not touch the ground
1st. Is this correct? I would pefer to be able to control each jack independant of the other. I got a crank handle also is this to use incase u loose power? I did not get a manual on my jacks.
Really like my Tracer so far even though I think my feet are going to hang over the end of the bed. Man those bed are short.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:15 AM   #2
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I believe they are self adjusting,put a piece of wood under one in your driveway and see what happens. Anyway your trailer should be level before you put them down,they are stabilizers not jacks
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Got my new 2640 RLS this week, its sitting in the driveway getting checked out and packed up for a trip to Charleston SC on the 23rd. My old Rockwood had the jacks u cranked down one at a time, electric jacks come down both at the same time and so I assume u have to put wood or whatever under the side that does not touch the ground
1st. Is this correct? I would pefer to be able to control each jack independant of the other. I got a crank handle also is this to use incase u loose power? I did not get a manual on my jacks.
Really like my Tracer so far even though I think my feet are going to hang over the end of the bed. Man those bed are short.
If They are like mine then when one side hits the ground it will stop and the other will continue until it hit and then they will both sung up together.And yes the crank you got is for manual operation.And I believe you can do them independantly also
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I believe they are self adjusting,put a piece of wood under one in your driveway and see what happens. Anyway your trailer should be level before you put them down,they are stabilizers not jacks
Getting the trailer level does not mean that the jacks will hit the ground at the same time, many times my rear end is not on the pad and will not be level. I live in WV, level is hard to find around here.
I will test them in my driveway, I just was afraid I might put too much pressure on the side that touches first and even twist the trailer a little.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:44 AM   #5
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You can get the plastic Lynx blocks (like Lego's). Light weight to carry but sturdy enough to put under the stabilizers and even the tires for leveling. We carry two sets (10 per bag) with us at all times. We always put at least one under each stabilizer and then as they get close to the ground we add others where needed so the stabilizers hit at the same time.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:55 AM   #6
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Getting the trailer level does not mean that the jacks will hit the ground at the same time, many times my rear end is not on the pad and will not be level. I live in WV, level is hard to find around here.
I will test them in my driveway, I just was afraid I might put too much pressure on the side that touches first and even twist the trailer a little.
Thanks for the advice
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The jack that hits the ground first will stop and wait for the other side to catch up. Then, they will both put down equal pressure to stabilize the TT.

BUT, first, you must level the TT side to side with planks or blocks and level front to rear with the tongue jack. Then, extend your stabilizer jacks.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:17 AM   #7
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agree with above...
I have also noticed (or thought I did) that the less I extend the stabilizers on my Crusader 290, the more 'solidly' they seem to stabilize. I like to have about 6" of blocks under them before extending... any thoughts on why this might seem to work better?
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That would be called leverage.The shorter the distance from the frame to the foot pad,the less the jack can flex.

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That's the reason I go ahead and block up to meet the stabilizer jacks. The wider the profile on where the jacks make contact, the more stable the unit.
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...makes sense to me... next trip to town, I'll see about buying some of those plastic leveling blocks. They seem a lot lighter than than the bundle of 2x6 blocks I've been packing!
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