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Old 10-11-2010, 09:47 PM   #1
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stabilizer jack braces

Has anyone used the stabilizer jack braces? Camping world has a version and there is a brand called steady fast.They are designed to take the shake or bounce out of your trailer,didn't know if they were worth the money. Had thought of making a set. Thanks Roger
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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Have you tried the Xchock brace for placement between the 2 tires? I found this to be satisfactory in stopping much of the movement, and it is cheaper, also. It locks the tandem tires in place with a ratchet making the tires like the brakes are applied. About 35.00 each. The braces you are speaking of also look like they would definitely help matters also, but what I saw of them, they were a bit pricey, for what you get. Randy
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:11 PM   #3
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Yes the braces do help quite a bit, but mostly on the front of the trailer where you have some weight and the strength of the tongue A frame. On the rear of a light weight trailer they help but I think a X brace style connecting the two would be better.

I am using the Lock Arm stabilizer bars from BAL

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I would of made my own as well but the material I had on hand cost twice as much and I was pressed for time.

I also second a good set of locking style wheel chocks like the ones from BAL or similar. I was really suprised the first time I installed them before even putting down any stabilzer I could tell the difference.

You also need to look at the crossmembers if you have the C style jacks. If there is any flex or space between the jack and crossmember it will allow more motion in the trailer. I replaced the both the front and rear crossmembers on mine. Again biggest improvement in the front.

Have someone push on the trailer while you watch them you will see where the flex is. With a lightweight trailer you will never get rid of it all because there is not enough weight and the frame will start flexing.
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:57 PM   #4
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Hey guys thanks for your input. Our daughter had fall break last week and we got in 10 days of straight camping we split the week in two different state parks. Leaves were changing and we had a good time. Thanks Roger.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:57 AM   #5
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I just installed the BAL Lock-Arms and the X chocks on my 32 foot Sandpiper and it made a world of difference. Mine required two of the bars on each jack at opposing angles. Got the best deal thru Tweety's RV on four pairs of the Lock Arms shipped for $255.00.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:24 AM   #6
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I agree with the X-Chocks, they work great plus you can put a nice set of padlocks on the X-Chocks for some extra security. I would try them first and if you are still not satisfied then look into the stabliizer braces.
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