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Old 10-21-2018, 07:32 PM   #1
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Stabilizing a 40CCK that will never move again.

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1st full week in the new cottage and loving it. I've noticed there is some movement when walking around. It has 8 stabilizing jacks that were extended 20 inches in back and 27 in front. I've added concrete blocks to the back to reduce the jacks extension and took up the slack with a half turn of the jack. I need more blocks for the rest. In the mean time will adding or letting air out of the tires help?
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:13 PM   #2
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No,

Leave the air pressure at proper level.

Get a 4 screw type jacks and stabilize on the frame right at the axles. Or jack up and block and shim at these spots. I did this with my 40 ft park model. Worked really well.
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Welcome to trailer life. Chock it and block it all you can and you will still notice a little wiggle.
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If it's truly never moving again, remove the tires and put the frame on bricks like you would a mobile home.
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If it's truly never moving again, remove the tires and put the frame on bricks like you would a mobile home.
Yep. You might want to put tie downs on it also.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:45 AM   #6
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Forget the stabilizers and just stack some cinder blocks directly up to the frame. One in each corner of the trailer and then one directly in front of and behind each tire on each side. You can use wood shims to tighten them up.

This is what mine look like:

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Old 10-22-2018, 10:57 AM   #7
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Yep... if it's never going to move, block it on the frame (at various points) with blocking piers.
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Forget the stabilizers and just stack some cinder blocks directly up to the frame. One in each corner of the trailer and then one directly in front of and behind each tire on each side. You can use wood shims to tighten them up.

This is what mine look like:

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The “hollow” area should bd vertical for most compressioon strength. I would resrrange all of them.
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If it's truly never moving again, remove the tires and put the frame on bricks like you would a mobile home.
You do realize that once you make it like a mobile home the Tornado risk in the area will go up 1,000 percent. Darn things either cause Tornado's or attract them just like lightning to a lightning rod
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The “hollow” area should bd vertical for most compressioon strength. I would resrrange all of them.
You are correct... when the block is positioned vertically (with the hollow up/down) it has more compression strength... however... on soft soil/stone/shale... such as when using cement blocks for trailer piers as depicted in the photo, the preferred method is to lay the blocks horizontally to get the most surface area and avoid the block sinking in the soil/shale.

Yes. you could dig a trench and pour a footer and use the blocks in their intended manner but lets face it... we are not trying to hold up the Empire State Building here. The blocks are plenty strong enough for this purpose whatever direction you lay them.

You'll also notice in the picture provided, the wheel and tires are still on the trailer and touching the ground. Even if the blocks crumbled, the trailer isn't going anywhere. The piers are simply taking the bounce out of the floor.
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