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Old 08-14-2018, 11:40 PM   #1
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Leveling question

This is our first year camping with a TT and I've been noticing that some campers seem to put no pads on the ground when they put their leveling scissor jacks down while others will put as much as 6-8" of spacers.

The only difference, obviously, is the amount that the scissor jacks open. I see this on the tongue jack as well. Some people use a 2x6 piece of wood while other use multiple pieces or some other material and build it up 6" or more.

So my question is, does it really matter if you extend the leveling jacks & tongue jack or is there some benefit to keeping them less extended and using more spacers?
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:40 AM   #2
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They probably are stabilizing jacks and not levelling jacks. I find that they are more flexible and less stabilizing the more they are extended.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:19 AM   #3
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They probably are stabilizing jacks and not levelling jacks. I find that they are more flexible and less stabilizing the more they are extended.
X2 on the stabilizers. On the tongue jack, it just takes longer to extend or retract it without a few leveling blocks. Wider footprint it sinks in less. From previous experience with a particular site, I dont like the jack extended all the way or retracted all the way if possible to level out
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Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it.
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:17 AM   #5
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I have always used one board under each stabilizer. Carried extras for tires to level side to side and stabilizers that didn't reach on uneven ground. Like to travel light so never was a fan of those huge stacks people put under every stabilizer. Worked for me.
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:20 PM   #6
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For me, if I need to extend my tongue jack more than 10" I feel like it is less stable than I'd like. I'll use the Lego blocks or wood to get the reach of my tongue jack under that amount. IMHO, it is more stable that way.
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I red some where on here that you don't want your stabilizer more then half way extended to help stabilize the trailer!!!!!
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Scissor jacks (stabilizer jacks, not leveling jacks) are able to move in two different planes - side to side and forward to rear (of the camper). Whether they are fully extended or not really is not going to have any great affect on this motion. Adding a stiffener such as JT's Strongarms will reduce the ability of the jack to move in the forward/rearward plane.

The benefit of using thicker pads under the stabilizers and tongue jack is mostly one of effort and/or time. Manually cranking either of these will quickly get old and anything to reduce the amount of cranking required is a good thing. Also, as mentioned earlier, the larger footprint of a 4x4 or 6x6 is going to reduce the amount the jack sinks into the ground. After setting your stabilizers, take a round the next day with the hand crank, you'll notice the jacks are not as snug as they were the day before.
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I red some where on here that you don't want your stabilizer more then half way extended to help stabilize the trailer!!!!!
I always extended mine as far as needed. One 2x6 under it unless the ground was so uneven it wouldn't reach then added blocks.
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How could it possibly matter unless you are cranking them manually. Do people still actually do that?
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