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Old 10-07-2016, 06:29 PM   #11
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I replaced my original jacks with BAL(first link),...... and IMO, BAL is about as good as you can get, but Amazon has many to choose from(second link),....

https://www.amazon.com/BAL-24002D-De...ing+jacks+7500

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ilizing+jacks+
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:30 AM   #12
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I feel the pedantic need to reemphasize that despite how the jacks are marketed, they are not leveling jacks. They should never be used to level the camper. They are stabilizing jacks used to minimize the suspension play and frame flex while the camper is occupied.

The jacks are not strong enough to support the weight of a camper nor is the camper designed for its weight to be supported on the frame at the jack attachment points. The weight rating means they are strong enough for a camper of that weight when used for the designed purpose.
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Old 10-08-2016, 11:39 AM   #13
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Indeed. Reading the Amazon reviews on the first model, I am dumbfounded by both the marketing approach and the number of people who have bought on to it.

Maybe I am in the minority, but even though I usually have to park without assistance, I move the trailer around until it is level (or almost) side-to-side, and then just use the tongue jack for front-bo-back. Seldom do I have a major problem.

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I feel the pedantic need to reemphasize that despite how the jacks are marketed, they are not leveling jacks. They should never be used to level the camper. They are stabilizing jacks used to minimize the suspension play and frame flex while the camper is occupied.

The jacks are not strong enough to support the weight of a camper nor is the camper designed for its weight to be supported on the frame at the jack attachment points. The weight rating means they are strong enough for a camper of that weight when used for the designed purpose.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:33 AM   #14
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Thanks to all for your advice and opinions. Here is what I wound up getting:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Hope it works!!!
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:47 AM   #15
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Those ought to keep you feeling solid.
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:08 PM   #16
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Or bend out the frame.....lol...sorry had to add that in....again, like p-nelli says....stabilize... not tranquilizer.
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:42 AM   #17
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We lost the back two when we rolled the camper back about 6 inches and bent the jacks. Used Amazon to replace and had to choose between a cheap 4 pack at 80 some dollars or 2 better BAL jacks at the same price. Decided to upgrade with American made and bought the BAL. About 2 days into cross country trip we began to see if we could rip the new ones off. Each small town seems to have a parking lot with a entrance that is steep or a town drainage system that has troughs crossing roads and the jacks were being scraped off. Next time we will look for an 8 pack. These are throwaways.
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:43 AM   #18
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I'm not sure if your unit will take them, but maybe you should look into 15" rims and tires. Raise it up a bit and you might avoid some of these problems.


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These are throwaways.
Think of it as a "wear" item. Better the jack gets destroyed than it hugs tight to the frame and causes more damage.

Given the terrain you drive in, it might be better to set stands under the frame at camp than replace the jacks.
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I'm not sure if your unit will take them, but maybe you should look into 15" rims and tires. Raise it up a bit and you might avoid some of these problems.


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I'll keep that idea in mind when we replace the tires.
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