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Old 10-28-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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Stabilizing Jacks

Had a mishap with a stabilier jack on my 3 month old 19.3 where the bolt head sheared off on one corner jack after retracting the other 3 corners. Already have a replacement C-jack coming under warranty but am curious if anyone has upgraded their stock C-jacks (which look very cheaply made) to a more durable scissor jack. Looked at the Lippert electric jack as an option but I can't justify the price tag that goes with it. Thoughts?
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:33 AM   #2
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These 'jacks' are not really jacks in the traditional sense but more stabilizer.

Many folks have tried to us them to lift way too much when trying to get level.

You should first level via blocking under the tires/wheels and then deploy the 'jacks' as stabilizers and NOT for lifting. I suspect you had way too much weight on the last jack once you retracted the others and that's why the bolt head sheared off.

There have been LOTS of bent ones reported here and many have either replaced with heavier scissor jacks or member 'Old Coot' was reinforcing some of the OEM ones for folks at one point.
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:36 AM   #3
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Well dang, was getting ready to change the cheap scissor jacks on my '19 East to West TT to c-jacks as I thought they might be "BETTER". Guess I'll rethink that and may go with sturdier scissors.
My last TT had the electric jacks, which were very convenient, but just couldn't get the TT stable. Not for sure I'd want them again. They were also soooooooo slow.
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:53 AM   #4
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I had C-Jacks (BAL) on my previous TT and let's just say they worked. My new TT came with Scissor jacks and yes indeed they are cheaply made. I had one fail so rather than make a warranty claim and get another cheap jack I replaced it with one of these from Amazon:



A lot better made than the original with a nice straight screw and better paint than the "rattle can job" applied at the factory.

Half the price (each) than the C-Jacks and for me they work better, especially on uneven sites where I need to use blocking.

As 5-Picker mentioned, they're merely to STABILIZE as people move around inside. Not lift if you haven't properly leveled by adding spacers under wheels as you parked.

A side note: The instructions for stabilizer jacks usually have a caution about using impact wrenches to lower them. I constantly hear people using them but if you look closely to how the hub where the wrench is applied, it's welded to the threaded shaft. Looking at the welds should illustrate why impact wrenches are not recommended. In short "they ain't all that great" and using an impact wrench MAY result in failure of the weld. Now you have a jack you'll need to bungee cord in the UP position on the way home. I find a 3/8" cordless drill to work just fine,
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Old 10-28-2020, 02:06 PM   #5
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These 'jacks' are not really jacks in the traditional sense but more stabilizer.

Many folks have tried to us them to lift way too much when trying to get level.

You should first level via blocking under the tires/wheels and then deploy the 'jacks' as stabilizers and NOT for lifting. I suspect you had way too much weight on the last jack once you retracted the others and that's why the bolt head sheared off.

There have been LOTS of bent ones reported here and many have either replaced with heavier scissor jacks or member 'Old Coot' was reinforcing some of the OEM ones for folks at one point.
I appreciate the responses. I can assure you that I used pads before lowering the stabilizer jacks and have never used the jacks to lift the trailer, only to stabilize. In addition, I always level the trailer when I park it on the pad at home. Thanks to TitanMike for the recommendation!
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