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Old 12-20-2015, 08:41 PM   #1
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I'm a newbie that made a newbie mistake

Good Evening Folks,

Well, I just took possession of our new 2016 28' Wildwood X-Lite yesterday. Took it home and let the wife, kids and friends play in it, check it out, etc... Everything was going great. Took it to the storage facility this morning. There is a fairly steep decline with a slight turn into the gravel lot. As I was descending into the lot, apparently, I caught the triangular metal part of the frame that hangs underneath in the rear of the trailer on the ground. I caught it good and bent the triangular piece severely (aka squished). What purpose does this part of the trailer serve (remember I'm a new owner) and what can I do to fix it (or should I?). Any help, advice, encouragement is appreciated. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:51 PM   #2
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A picture would help identify the part. Are you referring to the stabilizer jack (there is one on all four corners)? If so not to worry, they can easily be replaced as they bolt on. Changes in grade are not your friend when towing. There are some tricks that can help ( such as taking grade change at an angle of possible). Best to always have a spotter when navigating significant grade changes.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. The thing you squished sounds like the sacrificial piece designed to keep your plumbing from hitting the ground when going down steep driveways and the like. Most auto repair shops should be able to fix.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:56 PM   #4
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Some units have a triangular piece welded to the frame to keep from damaging the bottom of the unit in situations just as you described when maneuvering in/around steep inclines. It may have been that?
Again, without pictures we are all just guessing.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:01 PM   #5
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X2 I believe that is exactly what they are talking about. The ones on my old Prowler used to drag regularly and took a beating. Not too hard to straighten out again.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:07 PM   #6
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You could straighten them out and add drag wheels.....

Drag bars on Grey Wolf 28 bh
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:12 PM   #7
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Sounds like a drag bar. If so, it probably prevented worse damage, as it was intended to do. Can probably straighten it out enough to reuse. And welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:16 PM   #8
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That triangular metal did what it's designed for.
It saved you from damaging the frame and/or the plumbing.
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Thanks for the replies everybody! It's definitely not the leveling jack. It's a triangle piece welded to the frame. There is one on each side at the rear of the camper. It's pushed up pretty good (almost flat against the frame). I'll post a pic as soon as I figure out how to. I'm just hoping it doesn't impact the functionality of the TT (other than the obvious -which I've learned my lesson).
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:22 PM   #10
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Let's see if this works. One pic is a side view of the damaged piece. The other is a side view of what it should look like.
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