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Old 03-17-2014, 12:25 PM   #1
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Bent stabilizing jack

I am now wondering just how common this problem is. The guy parked next to me said it happened to him. When I took it by the dealership the service manager said he had seen it 2 other times and I just read the post from bobmart5705 saying it had happened to him. I did put a little pressure on my jacks trying to prevent the shaking inside but did not feel that I put that much pressure on them. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-17-2014, 12:30 PM   #2
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I think it is more common than what is known, a lot of folks put blocks under them so they don't extend very much, but IMO, I want them as vertical as possible to reduce the stress on the legs where the strap braces connect.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:37 PM   #3
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Good point old coot. Vertical probably would be better. I have been thinking about a set of plastic blocks anyway and that would allow a little more vertical set up. They are also lighter than my 4x4 blocks that I made.
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IMO...think most users must be setting up the rear stabs beyond just touching the ground and actually lifting the rear of the camper which I can see putting stress on these light stab jacks, thus causing the bend from these pics I see...again only my observation as I have not witness this problem with my current rig or past camper that had this jack design.
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IMO...think most users must be setting up the rear stabs beyond just touching the ground and actually lifting the rear of the camper which I can see putting stress on these light stab jacks, thus causing the bend from these pics I see...again only my observation as I have not witness this problem with my current rig or past camper that had this jack design.
You have to lift the camper a little to know they are in contact with the ground, otherwise they do nothing.
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You have to lift the camper a little to know they are in contact with the ground, otherwise they do nothing.

You are right and I do the same...just my observation at campgrounds, seems like some folks set them up like they are trying to change a flat tire...think the sweet spot for these jacks are critical to keep from bending like a wet noodle?!
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You are right and I do the same...just my observation at campgrounds, seems like some folks set them up like they are trying to change a flat tire...think the sweet spot for these jacks are critical to keep from bending like a wet noodle?!
After reinforcing the legs and replacing the strap braces, I don't worry about bending them.
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Just wondering..is it possible to put enough pressure on the jacks to bend the frame?
I have / had this kind of power jack like op on 2 units. I really dont think they do all the great of a job compared to the old bal-jack. (http://simage1.sportsmansguide.com/a.../157611_ts.jpg)
I think someday I might switch back to them. But here again is it possible to bend the frame?
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Just wondering..is it possible to put enough pressure on the jacks to bend the frame?
I have / had this kind of power jack like op on 2 units. I really dont think they do all the great of a job compared to the old bal-jack. (http://simage1.sportsmansguide.com/a.../157611_ts.jpg)
I think someday I might switch back to them. But here again is it possible to bend the frame?
I don't think you can bend the frame upwards from the jacks, but you sure could/can if you put a load on it downwards from add on racks, etc. The walls/flooring stiffen the framework in any upwards pressure. Kind of like a monocoque/unibody design (strictly in the upwards direction).
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I don't think you can bend the frame upwards from the jacks, but you sure could/can if you put a load on it downwards from add on racks, etc. The walls/flooring stiffen the framework in any upwards pressure. Kind of like a monocoque/unibody design (strictly in the upwards direction).
So then a bike rake on the bumper is not a good idea? dw2b wants us to take the bikes. (2 of them) Already have a tire and grill mount on the rear stock from mfg..
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