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Old 06-20-2016, 03:32 PM   #1
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Upgrading Scissor Jacks

I have a Freedom Express 292BHDS that I park in a sloped drive. Due to this I have to use several blocks in combo with Jack stands to get the trailer level. In short I raise the front put jack stands on top of blocks under the trailer then lower into these to add more blocks under my tongue jack so it can extend long enough to level the front of trailer

While this works what I would like to do is upgrade the front scissor jacks so they can support the weight of the camper allowing me to raise tongue jack, lower scissor jacks supporting trailer and then add 6x6 blocks under tongue jack to raise front of trailer higher to level.

What scissor jacks would allow me to do this and is this a feasible idea to do making this process easier?

My trailer weight loaded is less than 8000lbs total. Don't know if for instance a jack rated for say 8000lbs would work, if the frame and brackets are even made to support this weight for a short time and what it would do to my warranty

Any suggestions on a possible upgrade or if you have done this or seen it done?


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Old 06-20-2016, 03:35 PM   #2
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:48 PM   #3
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I don't see that you have to upgrade anything. The trailer weight is carried by the 4 tires, two axles and the tongue jack. Once you put the front stabilizing jacks down, you are transferring some of the weight to the jacks. You never have #8000 on any single component. On level ground, you have max 800-900 pounds (if your trailer is fully loaded with water and cargo!) on the tongue jack. Use the stab jacks to raise the tongue off the ground and you now have that weight (800-900) divided across two jacks. No problem!


I see no issue with holding the front of the trailer up with the stab jacks while you get situated with your blocks under the tongue. For what it's worth, I've done it many time on multiple trailers all over 33' long...
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:15 PM   #4
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I was under impression that the scissor jacks I have now won't support trailer weight while I raise my main jack all the way to position more blocks under it thus putting full weight of front of trailer on front two scissor jacks. I'm just trying to avoid messing with extra jack stands to level this thing in drive


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But I see what your saying that I may not have to do anything and let trailer rest on stab jacks while I set more blocks


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Old 06-20-2016, 05:32 PM   #6
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Don't let all the weight of your trailer rest on the scissor jacks without the tongue jack. They're not designed for it.
Raise the front up with the tongue jack and then put blocks under the tongue frame. Then raise your tongue jack and put some blocks under it.
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:42 PM   #7
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The stabilizer jacks should not have any trailer weight on them they will not support the trailers weight. It would be very dangerous to you and your trailer....... seen many buckle under weight.

As was mentioned put blocks under the tongue frame if need be, to put the blocks under the tongue jack.


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What I do with mine is put a jack stand (3 ton) under the tongue to support the trailer and then lift the tongue jack so I can put more boards under it.
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:45 PM   #9
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Can't. You put a stack of 2x12x12 screwed together. Under the jack before you uncouple from the tv? 5 high is 7.5 in.
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The stabilizer jacks should not have any trailer weight on them they will not support the trailers weight. It would be very dangerous to you and your trailer....... seen many buckle under weight.

As was mentioned put blocks under the tongue frame if need be, to put the blocks under the tongue jack.


Why? The OP said scissor jacks, not stabilizer jacks. There is a difference.

I have six scissor jacks rated at 7,000 pounds each. The only way they would fail is being stressed by forward/backward movement of the trailer (i.e., driving away without retracting the jacks).

That being said, I would be concerned with the trailer moving on the hill in the picture. Those chocks don't appear to be very substantial.
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