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Old 05-11-2017, 01:35 PM   #1
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New Owner Q: Stabilizer Jacks

Hi - have been camping in a travel trailer for a little over a decade but we just upgraded to a 282 wildwood with the outdoor kitchen and all the automatic/remote control jacks and stuff.

our last camper had scissor jacks on it and we were warned do not use those to level, do not over torque them so on so on.

so i'm paranoid with these automatic jacks.. are these also not designed for leveling? i push the button is see them make contact i go just a little further and i stop...

the motors seem quite happy to keep on lifting but i'm afraid i will damage them... do they automatically stop and i shouldn't be afraid to keep lifting?
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Old 05-11-2017, 01:39 PM   #2
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It rather depends on what kind of jacks they are.

If they are stabilizer jacks, then you shouldn't use them for leveling.

My camper has electric stabilizer jacks with a remote. No good for leveling.
If they are leveling jacks or part of an automatic leveling system, then you are good to go.
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Old 05-11-2017, 01:41 PM   #3
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the buttons on the remote say stabilizer jacks and landing gear... my concern is them not having an automatic shut off... i haven't really pushed them far enough to see if they have it or not. usually by the time i setup camp i've only had 1 maybe 2 beers.. not enough to start breaking things.
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Old 05-11-2017, 01:50 PM   #4
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the buttons on the remote say stabilizer jacks and landing gear... my concern is them not having an automatic shut off... i haven't really pushed them far enough to see if they have it or not. usually by the time i setup camp i've only had 1 maybe 2 beers.. not enough to start breaking things.
On mine, one switch (or the remote) controls both jacks. One always hits the ground first and stops while the other one continues down.

I just run them down until they are both firmly planted and then I let off the button. I haven't tried it but I'm almost certain that I'd either pop a fuse or break something if I let them continue to extend.
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:20 PM   #5
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If you mean these...
https://www.etrailer.com/Camper-Jack...FZu3wAod5bgI6w

The way mine are made...the center section slides back and forth as the retract and extend. This causes one side to touch first until it centers again. Then it applies more pressure to both evenly.
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:46 PM   #6
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They are not for leveling. Most will stall before they do any damage. (resettable breakers)
Level rig with boards/blocks, run them down till they strain then stop.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:44 PM   #7
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My Wildwood advises "Do Not Use Jacks As A Leveling Device". Yes...justa little extra pressure after touching the ground and then STOP!
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:44 PM   #8
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On mine if you keep going they blow the breaker. The guys doing the PDI put them up to far and they stopped working. After watching that I don't test it.

I have watched others with same stabilizers level front to back with them and not use the tongue jack but I would not try it. I have used mine to hold while dropping the foot on the tongue jack. I don't see how you could level sideways with them.
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:01 PM   #9
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Don't use the for leveling, I have the same stabilizers on my TT .
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Old 09-03-2017, 05:58 PM   #10
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Still learning about my trailer... Great posts helping me through this!
Found the remote panel and fuses... Under the fridge on mine; right next to the water pump :-)

In my case, the remote stabilizers work fine, it's the switch mounted to the trailer that does not work. I read on here that they are two independent power systems... Any clue where the primary fuse is located (front stabilizer.)
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