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Old 06-12-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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Think I've done something bad

Learned a lesson this weekend....don't rush when hooking up! I got home from work and was rushing to get on the road and forgot to put the rear stabilizers up before extending the front legs. I think I've bent the screw (they are electric stabilizers) and/or the leg brackets. When I retract the legs they are slower and look like are wobbling slightly as they move. Any ideas??? Will I have to replace the entire unit or can I just replace the screws???
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:18 PM   #2
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ouch - that blows big time - sorry to hear
You will have to look and see if the unit is tweaked or not - most likely it wont be just the screws if they were down when you tried to pull away - Hope I am wrong on this though.

I almost did the same thing when I was leaving from a campsite the 2nd trip I made.
I got into a rush to get out of the site and almost dragged my manual rear stabilizers.
Good thing the guy next door was outside eating breakfast - he was like arent you forgetting something and I was like - oh yea thanks LOL
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:31 AM   #3
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I settled for manual jacks on our new trailer and was never so happy as when I bent the heck out of the rear 2... $50 and I was back in business lol Hope you can salvage them and not have it cost ya a ton
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:01 AM   #4
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We have probably ALL come near doing that. I hope it is not too expensive for you. Frustrating I know . . .
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:10 AM   #5
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The entire unit must be replaced. Lippert no longer sells the mechanical parts as spares; just the motor or the entire unit. A new unit is about 500 dollars which was an easy replacement. I kept the old one for parts.

I happen to have an entire unit (less my bent strut) if that can help you.
The screw seems fine and everything works perfectly; except it would not hold weight on the bent leg.

I am sure the shipping would be prohibitive.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:22 AM   #6
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I keep forgetting to look up when doing my walk around and as a result have forgotten the T.V. antenna a couple times. Once caught by the camping neighbor who didn't speak the language but I was able to translate the jumping up and down, waving arms, and pointing up. The other time my DW caught the oversight.

I really must make one of those setting up and tearing down check lists.

As for your stabilizer legs. If you legs aren't visibly bent I'd do a closer inspections to see where the binding is coming from. Maybe there is an alternative to replacing the entire unit. Or maybe one of herks parts will save you.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:59 AM   #7
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A good Pre-Departure Checklist

Here is a good one.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:59 AM   #8
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Here is a good one.
Thanks Lou, the one that always gets me is forgetting to close the Range exhaust vent, so for that alone this list is worth it. If you would like to modify the list to suit your needs, here is a MS Word version of it.

DEPARTURE CHECKLIST.doc
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Thank you to Herk for the list and to frankm for the conversion to Word.

At the end of our first outing this season I had to unlock and go into the trailer to get the satellite radio head, relock and then repeat the whole process for my sunglasses. I decided then that we (actually, I), needed a checklist. And you have generously provided.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:11 AM   #10
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Thanks Herk for the list, I'll print it off and keep it in the trailer. I crawled under the trailer yesterday and found that the binding was coming from a bend in the braces. I little time with the vise and I was back in business. The screw doesn't seem too bad but has a small wobble in it. All in all I think I got off pretty easy.
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stabilizer bent

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The entire unit must be replaced. Lippert no longer sells the mechanical parts as spares; just the motor or the entire unit. A new unit is about 500 dollars which was an easy replacement. I kept the old one for parts.

I happen to have an entire unit (less my bent strut) if that can help you.
The screw seems fine and everything works perfectly; except it would not hold weight on the bent leg.

I am sure the shipping would be prohibitive.
Well Herk7769, I have bent my stabilizer and it looks the same as yours I am still under warranty but lippert has declined repair. Any advice?
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:52 PM   #12
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I did the same thing once. I bent the arms more than anything. My dealer was able to straighten them out for me (as I had it in for warranty work getting a faucet and counter top replaced), and it has worked good ever since.

Using Lou's pic, and editing it with yellow arrows to show my damaged parts.
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One of mine was bent when we picked it up new from the dealer. Looked at it all winter in FL and when we got home, I took all 4 braces off and heat-flattened & bent 4 pcs of 1/2" black pipe and replaced them.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:04 AM   #14
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You could do what I did (just not at the dealer!) and buy a new unit.

Then you can hang the new unit and keep the other one fro spare parts.

or

Take it to a local welding shop and they can get it looking and working as good as new for only a few bucks.
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