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Old 02-17-2014, 11:37 PM   #1
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stabilizers for Rockwood/Flagstaff A Frames

I will be taking delivery of a new Flagstaff T12RB soon. My previous camper was the 176ED (great little camper). The only real potential issue are the scissor style stabilizers and how far they hang down. BAL and Camco make cross-frame lowering arm type stabilizers that will retract much closer to the frame when risen.

Does anyone have any comments one way or the other about the two systems.here is a link to the BAL stabilizer:
BAL - Innovative Products for the RV Industry

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:42 AM   #2
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"The only real potential issue are the scissor style stabilizers and how far they hang down."

I have dragged the rear bumper and did not have a problem with the scissor style stabilizers not being high enough that came with the trailer.

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for your input. I hope to take my camper off road and the stabilizers are a concern.

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Old 02-18-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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for offroad use, i would think entry and departure angle is of greater concern than stabilizers. also consider than the water tank hangs somewhat below the framerails as is not protected with a skidplate. the A frame is a low-clearance vehicle i would sayis not ideal for offroad travel, but i guess that depends upon what definition you are using for off road. a gravel road or a jeep trail. this camper is not built for a jeep trail IMHO and there are better solutions out there for that type of driving.

i say this as someone who both owns an A122 and a fully customized offroad jeep.
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stabilizers for Rockwood/Flagstaff A Frames

Getting on and off the ferries in the Northwest Territories was a real test of the ground clearance on my A frame. Some ramps were pitched down so far that the hitch would almost drag coming off them; others had a sharp hump in the middle that was scary to go over. In none of those situations did the stabilizers drag. They can be screwed up tight to the frame so that they don't stick down more than a couple of inches. They're also placed far enough ahead of the rear bumper and behind the front frame end that they're less of a worry than if they were right at the corners of the frame.
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My previous camper had the Bal stabilizers. They worked very well.

Like others, I have had no problem with the stock scissor stabilizers while going over rough or bumpy dirt roads. But I have not towed in truly off road situations.
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I do appreciate everyone replies. I was spoiled by the 176ED (Flagstaff has brought it back as a model 176) and it's ground clearance. I will wait until I get mine and then evaluate changing stabilizers. As on my 176ED, I did appreciate the "stab jack" type stabilizers.

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You mentioned off road. I bent a stabilizer on a fishing trip. I have purchased 15" tires and rims. I also have pics of an in-house lift solution. The pics are from a dealer that sells off road versions of these campers. It requires welding and fabrication, but looks solid. PM me with your email address, and I'll send pics.
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just post them .. im sure others would be more than interested .

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just post them .. im sure others would be more than interested .

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I would like to see that myself, always looking for ideas never know what you might pick up.
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