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Old 07-17-2012, 08:25 AM   #1
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Trailer stability?

Is it specific to the SV-264. I have X Chocks between my wheels on both sides and I have the stabilizers down as hard as I dare and this trailer still rocks a ton. Just someone walking makes it moves. I thought maybe because it being such a low profile trailer had something to do with it as the stabilizer jacks don't have to extend very far and I do notice, when someone is entering or exiting the trailer, the jacks do give somewhat. Any ideas or comments......

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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I assume you've chocked the wheels conventionally, got teh Xchocks tight, and then raised the 'jacks' (and tounge included - ive seen people retract it) holding some weight?

That's probably as good as you're gonna get unless you get cross braces. I've seen ads for them and hear they're good - they are steel rods that run from the trailer frame across under the tt to sit under the jack forming a triangle so to speak and it stops side to side movement.

I've thought about them (not cheap frm what I recall) but we've gotten used to the movement so I dropped the idea. Until camping over the fourth. I was outside when the kids got back frm the pool and were inside changing/romping about and I say the trailer 'sway' like you'd get going down the road - the jacks literally leaned over a bit. I checked and everything was tight (camped a week and nothing got loose or changed). This has me rethinking things a bit now.

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
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Look into stabilizer systems such as 'Steadyfast' or 'JT Strong Arm'...they're in the $300 range. I've installed the 'Steadyfast' stabilizers and am very pleased.


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Old 07-17-2012, 02:00 PM   #4
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When I had a 5er, I used two cargo bars the kind you use in the back of a pick-up truck, I got them from Northern Tool (about $20 each). Crossed them from top of the landing gear to a block of wood I placed under each landing gear. Helped allot on my 5th wheel. Now I'm in a TT and I'm going to try the same kind of setup. I may get 2 more and use a one set on the front stabilizer jacks and another on the back. That should help on the side to side movement. Trying to figure a way to use that type of setup for front and back movement.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:20 PM   #5
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Good wheel chocks will help quite a bit. Out V-Lite would almost make you seasick. I got X-Chocks, it made a tremendous difference. They will not eliminate the rockin' and rollin' but the difference is night and day.

You should also notice it is worse when the trailer is parked on a non-paved spot. Some pads for the jacks will help.

I think you will find that a jack that is not extended "very far" will provide more stability than a fully extended one. There is less of a lever arm for the trailer to work against.

My next thing is to look into the cross bar stabilizers noted in the replies above.

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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I've also noticed that I can go back and EVERYTHING will be able to be tightened again (after a couple of hours). Tires cool. Stabilizers sink into the ground. Try going around again later to tighten things and see what happens.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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tks everyone, i've retightened the jacks 3 times and the X Chocks have been on and tight since we got here. Maybe i'll just pretend it's a yacht and it won't be so bad.....
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:12 PM   #8
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I have/had the same problem with my VLite. I use the XChocks between the tires but have learned from the boys that as the tires cool after traveling, the XChocks need to be retightened. I use a pair of StackerJacks from WM placed under the frame in front of the front axle. If parking on gravel site you may have to place a small block under the jacks to compensate for settling. If not, after a day or so, go around and give'em all a retighten. The StackerJacks help with the bounce up/down when someone is walking around. Also use a Save-A-Step under the steps to lessen the tilt when someone is coming/going in/out the entry door.
I won't say that the trailer is rock solid. But it's a trailer! What can we expect!
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:17 PM   #9
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tks everyone, i've retightened the jacks 3 times and the X Chocks have been on and tight since we got here. Maybe i'll just pretend it's a yacht and it won't be so bad.....
The cross stabilizers will help a lot and you can make them yourself. Just make sure they go from the frame on one side to the jack pad on the other side. Front to back stabilizers help also and the ones that stop what is left is adding jacks right in front of the tires. Those are the crowning touch to stop the movement.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:18 PM   #10
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I have the sister ship to the SV264.....the SV263. Same size and equipment, just a different floor plan. I chock the wheels front and rear on both sides, and "snug" up the stab jacks. It still rocks, but we just accept it.....ain't bad.

Unless you put the trailer up on blocks, you are gonna feel it rock some.


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