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Old 07-27-2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Newbie Manually TT Leveling & Stabilizing

I'm brand new to TT living and I have a lot to learn, so:

I recently bought a 2015 Wildwood 195BH that was hauled to camp site and setup by the dealer on the first day, the gentlemen was on old RV veteran that leveled it by eye and set the stabilizers and gone all in 2 minutes, very impressive. The camper was so stable it never budged a bit when coming in & out and while moving about inside.

I asked one of the guys in the dealership garage about the sequence in leveling, because this model TT didn't come with level indicators on it. They guy said he set's up the For Sale units by using his level on the door threshold and leveling by adjusting the trailer tongue first then side to side.

I've recently read, I believe in the O&M and in a blog to level side to side first then front to back. This method seems best since I also read you want to level the sides first by adjusting tires by using blocks/wood, then level front to back by adjusting the trailer tongue. Sounds right.

I'm a little confused by the stabilizers though. Without forethought, while storing I was attempting to setup by front to back first and then side to side by using the stabilizers as levelers, before I read that these are not used for this purpose and could wrap the trailer frame and ruin the stabilizers.

So, now that I think I have the sequence for leveling correct (right?), how much do I crank the stabilizers to get that "Solid" feel? Keep cranking until the floor just starts to raise? After doing all four, I find I keep going back and forth tweaking to adjust for slack that seems to keep developing in the opposite stabilizer until before I know it I've changed the level of it. Am I over thinking this? I usually do.

Thanks for any advise.
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:25 PM   #2
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level left to right using boards or the orange plastic legos. Then adjust front to back using tongue jack. Only then do you use the stabilizers jacks to stabilize the level trailer
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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Side to side first, use wood blocks or the plastic leggo type blocks or a combo of both.

Front to back then set the stab jacks, you do NOT want to use the jacks to level.

I use a bubble level in the bottom of fridge.

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Old 07-27-2016, 03:33 PM   #4
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So after leveling side to side and front to back lower the stabilizing jacks and snug up against the trailer. If you truly want to have a solid install something like the steady fast system.
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:13 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the confirmation.
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Now would be a good time for the jack in the middle of the unit to chime in. Where does the placement of these get done in the sequence.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:42 AM   #7
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If you intent to leave the unit in the campground like a park model consider using 6-8 piers of stacked concrete blocks for support to achieve that house like feel when you walk around in the unit.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:19 PM   #8
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On my TT I use the between the wheel caulks and the stabilization jacks. I installed bubble levels at the right front corner of the trailer. I used a 2 ft level on the floor and frame to level the trailer and used a bubble level in the Fridge to get what i considered a zero level and then installed the bubble levels on the trailer. The stab. jacks are not the best and I still on occasion had the rolling bouncing problem inside. It really bothered the DW so I just installed a JR Strong arm system and now it is really solid all the time. There are other stabilization system out there that are also very good. But, you may want to install one of them to get the most stabilized base possible.
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I put a 4' level on the kitchen counter. I put 2x6 boards under the tires and get it close to level side to side. Use the tongue jack for front-rear level, again, using the 4' level on the counter. Put the stab jacks down on smaller pieces of 2x6 until they "groan" from the weight pushing on them. then roll out the slide and awning. I do this all while drinking a beer on the picnic table while using my remote control...lol My 6yo son is the designated "board fetcher".

I've got a long wheelbase trailer and never have a bounce/jounce issue.
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I guess that 's what I was getting at. Once I start cranking on the stab jacks I'm not sure when to stop because I could keep cranking until I start to lift the tires, but if they're not intended as leveling jacks then how much weight are they intended for? Just stop cranking when I start to see the frame moving up?
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