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Old 03-24-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Stabs and trailer movement

I currently camp in a Sunline whose frame sits 18" from the ground. I stabilize with four BAL scissors jacks and chock the street-side wheels. This set up results in practically zero movement.
I see all kinds of add-on stabilizer products in supply catalogs and discussions on forums about eliminating movement while parked.
I have a Rockwood 2604WS on order, and since it sits considerably higher from the ground than does my Sunline, I was wondering if I am in for problems with satisfactorily stabilizing my new trailer.
IOW, will the chocks and power stabs keep my wife from complaining about her portly hubby mosying around, or have I ordered a problem?

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Old 03-24-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Travel trailer stabilization is big business....there are all sorts of devices out there. Unless the trailer is up on blocks with the wheels supporting all weight, I don't know if anybody gets rid of 100% of the movement.

Heck, if the missus is mad at me, I can feel her walking through the house.

Personally, we don't worry about trailer movement. Sometimes for a quick 1 nite stay somewhere, I don't even bother to put down the stab jacks.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
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28010 BAL X-Chock

Get a set of these. They will work on your 2604WS (with axles very close together). Both sides will provide the best performance and they are easy to put on and take off. They are also padlockable to prevent them from walking away in storage lots.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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should be well needed before we buy anything

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I don't know if anybody gets rid of 100% of the movement.

Personally, we don't worry about trailer movement. Sometimes for a quick 1 nite stay somewhere, I don't even bother to put down the stab jacks.
I agree with those statements from mtnguy

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one should never buy anything until

we think it to be well needed

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Old 03-24-2013, 11:17 AM   #5
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28010 BAL X-Chock

Get a set of these. They will work on your 2604WS (with axles very close together). Both sides will provide the best performance and they are easy to put on and take off. They are also padlockable to prevent them from walking away in storage lots.
Rotochoks work well also and they are US made.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:21 AM   #6
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I agree with those statements from mtnguy

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one should never buy anything until

we think it to be well needed

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That takes all the fun out of it. I have a whole tub of RV stuff I don't need. That's what Craigslist is fer.
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We have a 2604SS and I've found that going to the local junk yard and buying 2 scissor jacks out of a Ford Windstar van was my best purchase. I place the jacks on each side between the axles. There is a metal plate sticking down there that the jack seats fit over perfectly. Then run the jacks up snug, and rase the trl about 1/2" this took ALL the suspension bounce out of the trl. The torsion axle suspension seems more prone to bounce when we walked over a leaf spring suspension.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:15 AM   #8
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I place the jacks on each side between the axles. There is a metal plate sticking down there that the jack seats fit over perfectly. Then run the jacks up snug, and rase the trl about 1/2" this took ALL the suspension bounce out of the trl. The torsion axle suspension seems more prone to bounce when we walked over a leaf spring suspension.
Dude! I have an extra set of scissors jacks I bought last year for my Sunline (BAL). So you're saying i can place them between my TT's tires and jack them up to the frame?

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Yep. I just ordered the Valterra Stabilizer Stands for between my axles. Curious how it'll work out vs. actual stabilizer jacks.
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Yep. I just ordered the Valterra Stabilizer Stands for between my axles. Curious how it'll work out vs. actual stabilizer jacks.
Not to throw cold water on them, but don't think you will find them as good as the actual stab jacks with JT Strongarm type struts added.
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