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Old 05-20-2010, 08:36 AM   #1
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Can't get stable, trailer moves when we move


We have a permanent site and just had our new 2011 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8315SS delivered. The gentleman who delivered the trailer basically said his job was to deliver not to setup. We had no idea what we were doing but basically lowered the electric stablizers and chocked the wheels.

We put down the front and rear stablizers with a piece of wood underneath. We put chocks in front and behind all the tires. The trailer is perfectly level.

All should be great, right? The problem is when I walk I can feel movement. When I'm sitting and someone else walks I can feel movement. When someone comes in or out, I feel alot of movement. This just doesn't seem right. My old trailer was 30' and it was completely stable, never felt any movement.

We asked the dealer and he said to make sure the tires have chocks on both sides, we did this but when someone walks in the trailer and we look at the tires you can still see slight movement (hence the feeling inside I guess). Our dealer also suggested we could add more jacks to the middle near the tires. We looked under the trailer and we cannot figure out where to put them as we cannot see the frame.

Has this happened to anyone else? Any ideas on what we should do?

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Old 05-20-2010, 09:16 AM   #2
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I use the X Chocks between the tires. They help some. There are posts here from members that have made their own. Make sure your stabilizers are down firm, I have seen campers lower them till they just touch the ground. There are stablizer jacks that can be added. I think they go under the frame for/aft of the wheels, other members that know for sure please chime in. Hope this helps.

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Old 05-20-2010, 11:53 AM   #3
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I have the same issue with my 8313ss. I have tire locks on both sides, wheels chocked on both sides, stabilizers firmly planted. After reading many posts here, I have determined that the issue is the type of stabilizer. I have the extended arm type stabilizer, as opposed to the scissor type. Many say the scissor type add a lot of stability. I plan to make the change when I get a chance.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
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If you are going to leave it parked... put it on blocks so that the tires do not touch the ground. As long as the tires touch there will be movement because of the axles and or springs.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:38 PM   #5
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Ditto on the X- CHOCKS. They will help your situation more than any others I have found yet. My unit has 2 rocking chairs at the back wall, and my 2 boys LOVE to rock in them. Unfortunately, the camper loved to rock, as well! Tried wheel chocks, wood under the so-called jacks, and nothing really helped. But the X-CHOCK fits between the tandem wheels, locking them together, and thereby stopping most any movement. Just one helps a lot, but 2 are really nice. About 35.00 at Camping World. Randy
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:17 PM   #6
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X-chocks and sissor jacks are the way to go. I had the same problem and this fixed it.

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Old 05-21-2010, 08:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for the quick responses! I'll definitely try the x-chocks.
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:23 PM   #8
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If we are going to be camped for a while, we put a scissor jack between the wheels on each side, under the frame, of the camper and raise the camper just enough to take the weight off the axles/springs (tires still touching ground). We also put the x-chocks between the wheels to keep wheels from moving (scissor jacks are far enough under the camper they don't interfer with the x-chocks), and crank down the stablizers until they are very firm (they aren't strong enough to whole weight of camper) and then we have very little movement.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:04 PM   #9
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As long as the trailer is being supported by a leaf spring suspension, you'll have movement. Using X chocks helps, but unless you stop the frame from moving on the springs, you'll get movement. A good way to do that is to install stabilizer bars like this:
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:32 AM   #10
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Thanks for the quick responses! I'll definitely try the x-chocks.
If that doesn't, work I agree that a permanently mounted stabilizer system is the way to go. Plug It Right stabilizers, which we use, are another option. Diana

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