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Old 05-11-2016, 10:24 PM   #1
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Stabilizer Jacks

My travel trailer is 2 years old and I find the stabilizer jacks will no longer keeping the rv stable. Two of the jacks are so loose that putting them down and it backs out almost immediately from the pressure. I am thinking of putting something electric on it to hold the jacks in place. Any idea on how to lock the jacks? Any recommendations for electric stabilizers? I have standard scissor jacks.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:32 AM   #2
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Are that stabilizers loose at the frame connection, or is it the scissor mechanism loose?

It's probably best to replace them if the mechanism is loose and worn.
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It is the scissor itself that is worn. It is hard to believe they need replacing already.
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That is unusual. I think I'd just replace them.

Do you use a drill or impact to operate them? Not that, that should have any bearing on wearing them out.

Do you lube them once in a while? If so, with what?
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That is unusual. I think I'd just replace them.

Do you use a drill or impact to operate them? Not that, that should have any bearing on wearing them out.

Do you lube them once in a while? If so, with what?
Yes, I have a small 12 volt dewalt that I use to run them up and down. I do lube them once every six months using standard axle grease. In between when I hear a squeak, I will hit them with some WD-40. I thought maybe that was the problem, but all 4 jacks are pretty flimsy.

I agree, I think I will need to replace them very soon.

I was looking into the C style stuff or just better, higher quality scissors. I was also looking at installing an electric system.

I just do not see running them up and down with my drill causing a problem. Literally, if I put the back right jack down, make it tight with hand crank, then walk into the RV, the jack will not hold. It will back down and then the rv is shaky. In a typical weekend I will have to tighten all of my jacks at least three times. I just think they put poor quality stabilizer jacks on my model.
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Just a thought...maybe they are bending/arching or something. Mine were pretty flimsy, but never got loose. Is it a pad or dirt usually?


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I wouldn't use bearing grease. It attracts dirt. I use a dry graphite lube spray on mine.
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Just a thought...maybe they are bending/arching or something. Mine were pretty flimsy, but never got loose. Is it a pad or dirt usually?


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I agree that using a drill or impact shouldn't have anything to do with the wear.

The grease may have more to do with it than anything. Typical grease tends to attract dirt in an open application, which leads to sanding or grinding effect on parts.

I'm not sure that's the case here, but it's something to think about.
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I agree that using a drill or impact shouldn't have anything to do with the wear.

The grease may have more to do with it than anything. Typical grease tends to attract dirt in an open application, which leads to sanding or grinding effect on parts.

I'm not sure that's the case here, but it's something to think about.
This is a good point. Next time I wash I will put some degreaser on it and spray the graphite stuff on it. I think I am going to replace all the jacks with new ones soon.
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