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Old 11-22-2020, 12:11 PM   #1
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Stabilizer Jacks for Lifting the Trailer

It appears that folks recommend against raising the trailer by using the corner stabilizer jacks. My stabilizer jacks are weight-rated substantially above the trailer weight. So its not clear to me why I shouldn't use them to jack the wheels off the ground. Could someone explain why this would be a problem. Thanks
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You can twist the frame temporarily or permanently, throwing everything from your doors to your slides out of whack. Permanent frame damage could result in many more bad things happening.

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You can twist the frame temporarily or permanently, throwing everything from your doors to your slides out of whack. Permanent frame damage could result in many more bad things happening.

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X3. Plus the manufacturer of the trailer is very likely to also state that the corner stabilizing jacks are not to be used for lifting the trailer.
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:03 PM   #5
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Possibly might bend something, likely maybe not.

Picture your frame 30' long, bouncing the weight over the axles rolling down the road. The axle mounting roughly separates the frame into 2 -15' pieces as far as the load it needs to carry. Lifting from the ends you now have a 30' span to keep from bending. But those 2 15' spans were only "supported" at one end the other end hung in free air and didn't bend downwards as you bounced down the highway. So as you can see, to say you'll fold the trailer up like a suitcase without doing load calculations on the steel frame is just a guess, so is saying nothing will happen.
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Not trying to be a smart a*&, they are called stabilizer jacks, they stabilize
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Ok How about this

What if you just raised it a little to ease the jacking it up?
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It appears that folks recommend against raising the trailer by using the corner stabilizer jacks. My stabilizer jacks are weight-rated substantially above the trailer weight. So its not clear to me why I shouldn't use them to jack the wheels off the ground. Could someone explain why this would be a problem. Thanks

Your jacks may be rated for the trailer weight, but that weak ars frame will twist like a pretzel.


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Old 11-22-2020, 03:38 PM   #9
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All of the above, plus the motors are not powerful enough to stand that amount of load.
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Your jacks may be rated for the trailer weight, but that weak ars frame will twist like a pretzel.


X2.

It's generally recommended not to lift weight with the 'stab jacks as most simply are NOT rated for much weight.

If you truly have scissor jacks rated for weight, you probably could lift it high enough to get the tires off the ground but most frames won't stand being raised at each end without bending/buckling in the middle unless a very short wheebase or a pop-up.
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Good to know.
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Not trying to be a smart a*&, they are called stabilizer jacks, they stabilize
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I hope that you listen to the others advice. Not a good idea to lift the trailer any other way but as it was designed.

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I have seen several people just this week trying their best to get their campers level with the stab jacks and a power drill.

It's so easy just to roll onto Andersen levelers on the low side and then level front-to-back with the tongue jack.

As someone else pointed out, they are called stabilizer jacks for a reason.
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