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Old 08-27-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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Stabilizing the camper

I have a Salem Hemisphere 299RE which is 36 feet long from bumper to tongue. When parked at a campground I can never seem to stabilize the trailer. When somebody moves even the dog in the middle of the night the whole trailer rocks. It almost seems that the front and rear stabilizers are not sufficient for a trailer this size to keep the trailer stable.

Should I look at installing an additional set of stabilizers in the center of the camper?

Does anybody else have this issue and have you found a fix?




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Old 08-27-2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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There's a few things people have done:

1) JT Strongarms or equivalent braces
2) X-Chocks, Rotochocks or equivalent
3) An additional set of jacks right before the wheels

Lots of posts on differing opinions on all of these, but the general consensus seems to be the more of these you do, the less bounce you'll get.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:01 PM   #3
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Use homemade JT Strongarm type stabilizers front and back and another set of electric stabilizer jacks in front of the front axle and it is pretty solid. Both sets of stabilizer jacks have reinforced legs and struts. Also use Bal X chocks.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:18 PM   #4
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There's a few things people have done:

1) JT Strongarms or equivalent braces
2) X-Chocks, Rotochocks or equivalent
3) An additional set of jacks right before the wheels

Lots of posts on differing opinions on all of these, but the general consensus seems to be the more of these you do, the less bounce you'll get.
This is 100% spot on-- the only thing I'll add is a support under the steps.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:22 PM   #5
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A couple of scissor jacks right before the first axle should do the trick?


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A couple of scissor jacks right before the first axle should do the trick?
It should help.
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:10 AM   #7
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How bout a few threaded bottle jacks before the axles?
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:35 AM   #8
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How bout a few threaded bottle jacks before the axles?
As long as you jack on the suspension support framework
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:59 PM   #9
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We have been using our permanently installed stabilizers on our 38' Carriage for 8 years and really love them. Nothing to put up or take down each time we move. We have eliminated 95% of the movement. Hugs, Di
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We have been using our permanently installed stabilizers on our 38' Carriage for 8 years and really love them. Nothing to put up or take down each time we move. We have eliminated 95% of the movement. Hugs, Di

Permanently installed? What brand please? We're looking at the JT Armstongs; we aren't convinced yet.


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