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Old 03-21-2016, 03:27 PM   #1
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Another Newbie Mistake...ugh!

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I managed to damage one of my rear stabilizer arms yesterday as I was leaving Spirit of Suwanee in FL. I raised my tongue jack trying to hitch the trailer and forgot to raise my rear stabilizer arms. DOH! I was able to bungee them to frame so I could get home last night.

The camper is in the shop now but they may not be able to fix it by the time we leave next weekend for another trip. Can I use a couple of scissor jacks in the rear (without bolting or welding to the frame) as a temporary fix for stabilization next weekend? If so, any suggestions, tips, etc...

I know that I shouldn't use the jacks to level the camper (I will use leveling blocks if needed). Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:40 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your woes.
As you found out... they are truly stabilizers, not jacks and won't withstand much lifting pressure.
There would be no reason you couldn't use some stand alone jacks or scissor jacks for temporary stabilization. Just find a convenient spot on the rear of the frame and snug them up.
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:43 PM   #3
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Thanks 5picker! That's what I figured but wanted to make sure. Speaking of pickin'...I just saw 4 days worth of pickin' at Springfest in FL. Talking about some great music! Some of those bands were amazing!
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:47 PM   #4
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You are welcome.
Played there a few times when they had a more traditional bluegrass festival.
Beautiful park and Live Oak is a really nice area.
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Yea, I've done it also but caught myself before any damage. The Manuel warns against frame damage. The frames are very light.
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The camper is in the shop now but they may not be able to fix it by the time we leave next weekend for another trip. Can I use a couple of scissor jacks in the rear (without bolting or welding to the frame) as a temporary fix for stabilization next weekend? If so, any suggestions, tips, etc...
I mashed the snot out of my electric stabilizers coming out of a parking lot. I now have 2 manual scissor jacks, a cordless drill, and a bit to raise/lower them.

That said, if you didn't do major damage- bring in a welder/fabricator and he can rebuild these for a fraction of the price of buying new. I gave these stabilizers to a forum member and another, OldCoot, literally rebuilt them better than they ever were. It was amazing to see the twisted mess of metal turn back into bigger stronger stabilizers.
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:18 PM   #7
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Just consider it a 'learning experience'.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:52 PM   #8
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A cheaper idea, if clearance allows, you could use a 4x4 spanning from frame rail to frame rail and use a floor jack in the middle. Like you said, it's only to stabilize, so you shouldn't have to lift you camper.


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I managed to damage one of my rear stabilizer arms yesterday as I was leaving Spirit of Suwanee in FL. I raised my tongue jack trying to hitch the trailer and forgot to raise my rear stabilizer arms. DOH! I was able to bungee them to frame so I could get home last night.

The camper is in the shop now but they may not be able to fix it by the time we leave next weekend for another trip. Can I use a couple of scissor jacks in the rear (without bolting or welding to the frame) as a temporary fix for stabilization next weekend? If so, any suggestions, tips, etc...

I know that I shouldn't use the jacks to level the camper (I will use leveling blocks if needed). Thanks in advance for any help!
They can be re-built with a little ingenuity by a competent welding shop. I would reinforce the legs while I had them off.
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They can be re-built with a little ingenuity by a competent welding shop. I would reinforce the legs while I had them off.
You really need to show before and after pictures of my mangled mess to show what a competent shop can do.
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Not sure what you have but if this is similar, just replace yourself. No welding necessary.
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Great suggestions everybody! I'm still waiting to hear from the shop on how much damage I did to the stabilizer. It was only one side that was damaged but I could see the stabilizer was bent (along with the side brackets) and it looked like the cross bar that guides the roller was bent also. So, I'm guessing they will have to replace the entire mechanism. I really don't have a lot of tools or knowledge to rebuild this thing myself and since it's a new camper, I think I will fork out the dough to get it fixed by the RV shop. Ughh... I think for a temporary fix (provided they can't fix it in time), I will use the scissor jacks to keep the rear stabilized on our next trip. Any recommendations for brand without breaking the bank too bad? Thanks again for the replies! This is great resource to lean on for someone who is new to this experience.
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A cheaper idea, if clearance allows, you could use a 4x4 spanning from frame rail to frame rail and use a floor jack in the middle. Like you said, it's only to stabilize, so you shouldn't have to lift you camper.


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I don't see that stabilizing side to side movement. The floor jack would act as teeter totter.


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I don't see that stabilizing side to side movement. The floor jack would act as teeter totter.


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Good point. You could use two.


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You really need to show before and after pictures of my mangled mess to show what a competent shop can do.
Don't know about the competent shop part, but here are the before and after pics.
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There is some real skill , to take that piece of scrap back to whats shown in the fifth pic, hats off to you!!!
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There is some real skill , to take that piece of scrap back to whats shown in the third pic, hats off to you!!!
Thanks for the kind words.

The 3rd pic is what it looked like before and the 5th picture is the way it is now, waiting to be mounted on OCW's trailer.
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Thanks for the kind words.

The 3rd pic is what it looked like before and the 5th picture is the way it is now, waiting to be mounted on OCW's trailer.
Yes fifth pic
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