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Old 10-09-2010, 09:04 AM   #1
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I know there is much discussion about this issue on this site and others as well. I am just trying to understand the difference. On my 2604, I have the stablizer arms, mounted to the corners on the under-belly. I also have mounting brackets that are welded to the frame in a fore to aft position along the frame itself.

My question that I have is what do I gain from scissor jackets verses the stablizers? Is there any gain to the additional cost? I have the x-chocks that help with the fore to aft movement. Will the scissor jackets reduce movement over the stablizer arms?

I know these might seem elementary questions, but I just don't know the difference and want to have the most effective set up. Thanks,

George Kelly
2011 Rockwood Ultra Light 2604
Dodge RAM 1500 Larime 4x4, 5.7 HEMI
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:32 AM   #2
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scissor type stailiizers are a cheap method to sto movement. I think what you are describing is just another method to attack the prolem. Personally, I am looking to add another pair of scissor jacks to help with movement.

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Old 10-09-2010, 09:36 AM   #3
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Stabilizer arms are just that. They don't do much for the sway inside the trailer, only to stablize it. Scissor jacks do a better job as they are projecting a downward thrust and can raise your wheels off the ground to have a stablized platform. 5th wheels are terrable about movements. When we had our Montana, I added scissor jacks behind the tandum wheels and the rear end. That made a world of difference. You need to take the weight off the springs to disengage the lateral movement. Motorhomes have jacks that do the same thing as the scissor jacks, only they doen't raise the vehicle off the ground in most cases. On uneven lots, I use blocks of wood to level the motorhome before I lower the jacks. Takes the pressure of the weight off them and not raise the wheel off the ground

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