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Old 04-11-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
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Stabilizer Jack Question

Just curious what everyone else is using under their stabilizer jacks. I currently use a set of Camco Stabilizer Jack pads (Amazon.com: Camco 44595 Stabilizer Jack Pad - 4 pack: Automotive) however I was thinking of switching to just a piece of 4x4 wood so my jacks don't have to come down as far. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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12X12 X3/4" plywood. Never seen the need for anything more. If I get desperate I got firewood. Don't try that with Jack pads
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:52 AM   #3
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I have a couple sets of the lynx blocks and use enough of them stacked up so the stabilizers aren't extended way out. Once you got them they last, are light weight, don't rot, wash off and stack compactly for storage. The first set has got to be at least 15 yrs old. Works 4 me
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:59 AM   #4
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Because of their design, the newer rear stabilizers do a much better job at stabilizing if you run them down as far as possible towards the ground. A thin piece of blocking (plywood, plastic, whatever) on soft or sandy soil is all you should use. I don't use anything on concrete or very hard packed gravel.

Using multiple blocks to avoid having to run them down as far will only add to the movement we are all trying to eliminate.

Older scissor jacks are different. By design, they are more stable when they are only extended about 6-8 inches.
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I have cut up pieces of 2x6 lumber about 8 inches long... about 10 of them. I stack them as high as needed for whatever use I need them for... sometimes to level a picnic table.
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I also use the lynx blocks. They work very well light weight and easy to store and carry.Later RJD
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:32 PM   #7
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how far is too far????

Newbie here - how far are you to extend the jacks? We have a 2016 and the salesman told us they aren't made to lift but to stabilize, which I get... he said they could buckle. I'm always worried we will extend them too far.... Do we extend them till they stop on their own or what?
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Usually a 6" PWF post on top of 2 other 6" PWF post pieces, all about 16" long and laying flat at 90 degrees to one another... We need the height, due to the height of the trailer..
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Using same as OP.
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I use 4x6x10" Pieces of wood that are painted with an exterior gray paint so they was off nice. I stack 2 of them under each jack and then I only have to put the stabilizer down 8-10"
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When the orange plastic pads came out I got a set. I thought they were really great because I could rinse them off and they wouldn't get water logged in the rain. However, I realized that if you spray them off when you are breaking camp, you now have wet plastic pads to stow somewhere. So I went back to pressure treated 4x4 blocks. I have about 12 of them though I usually only use half that. When I break camp I just toss them in the bed of the truck. If it rains while I'm on the road, then they get washed. Otherwise, I just stick them back under the jacks when setting up at my next destination.
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:13 AM   #15
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I bought a full 12' length of 12x2 pressure treated and cut it in to 12" sections. Sure, it's heavy, but it'll never rot. 2x tongue, 6x stabilizers with 4x pieces left over for whatever I might need them for. When storing the TT I'll throw a piece under each tire.
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Got some scrap pieces of 8 x 8 x 3/4" black HDPE at a plastics shop and bolted them to the bottom of the stab. jack feet. Used s/s nuts & bolts and countersunk the bolt heads with a forstner bit. Used a roundover bit on a router to make the rounded edges. Used to use plastic lego blocks - damaged 2 or 3 of them in a couple of years. Now these pads are always there and don't have to think about them - very strong and will outlast the trailer.

Lippert has 10" round bolt-on Elephant Foot pads.

With the BAL Lock Arms, there is substantially reduced movement and I don't find the need to build up layers of blocks or wood. Tried stacker jacks but the Lock Arms work pretty good and are faster and easier to set up.

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