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Old 04-09-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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Stabilizers not for leveling ??

Hello Everyone, My Dw and I went through our Pre-Delivery walk thru today. Our Technician said that we should not use the Stabilizers for leveling!! This caught me by surprise as I thought that was one of their purposes. I knew they were intended to solidify the trailer, but also thought they could be used for leveling.

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:38 PM   #2
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The tech is correct.

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:40 PM   #3
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No, the scissors type stabilizers are not designed to pick up the weight of the trailer. Use levelers or wood under the tires to level left to right, and the tongue jack to level it forward and back. Run the stabilizers down till they just start to move the trailer, then stop. When i first got our TT, I learned the hard way and buckled two stabilizers on our second camping trip.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:40 PM   #4
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Stabililzers for Leveling

Hey Jim, welcome to the forum. While we are camperless until the 19th, I have pulled three different types and lengths of trailers and driven a Class A. What I believe the dealer meant is you need to level the camper using boards, wedges, or whatever under the tires first. After you have it very close to level, then drop you stabilizers to steady it for use.

I carry some 2x8s (cheap) in two or three lengths that I can put down and back the trailer up on. You need to have a couple long enough to span both axles if it is tandem wheels. Stack them if needed, just be careful in case they flip or the tire falls off making them fly out and hurt someone.

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Old 04-09-2014, 11:05 PM   #5
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FINALLY, a RV tech that actually knows what he's talking about!!

you're lucky that you got him.

NEVER use stabilizers to level a trailer. that's what Lynx Levelers or wood boards are for.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:15 AM   #6
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Whrn we rented a few years ago and got back into camping, the rental was the first time I used stab jacks, as all my other camers from the 90s never had them. Well, I found out quickly that their purpose is not for leveling, as the door got jammed from a slight twisting of the trailer. Use wood boards or lego blocks.

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Old 04-10-2014, 03:09 AM   #7
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You can bend the frame jacking the trailer with the stabilizers. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:28 AM   #8
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Thanks Everyone for the welcome to the Forum and the feedback on this issue . Now I know what should be done to avoid damaging our new trailer. Thanks again.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:33 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum.......

Nice a tech that knew what he / she was talking about. No as mentioned stabilizers are usually only to stabilize the trailer not to level. Serious damage can result trying to level with them, also do not use slide supports on the slides, for the same reason.

Enjoy you new trailer!!! The forum is a great place to ask questions please feel free do so. Wish the internet was available when we started camping about 30 years ago.


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Old 04-10-2014, 04:42 AM   #10
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They did tell what not to do. When we got our popup they said nothing about this subject, I found out at home when i set the camper up to practice and from comments on this sit. Thanks forest river family.

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