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Old 10-16-2015, 02:41 PM   #1
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Trailer Rocks and Rolls when I or She turns over in Bed!

We have a new Rockwood 32’ TT front kitchen with electric stabilizer jacks front and rear. Last trip we found out that if you walk thru the trailer it is not stable at all….When tried to sleep if one of us turned over, me in the bedroom or my wife on the table/bed the whole trailer rocked. It is not stable!! I plan on putting the 4 sided hand screw jacks under each corner of the slide outs to help stable the trailer.
If that doesn’t work what’s next????? Help Help
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I've read that it's not a good idea to put jacks under the slide outs but don't remember exactly why. I'm sure someone will chime in.

I had the same issue, DW is very sensitive to it. I bought two stabilizer jacks from Harbor Freight and I put one on each side in front of the axle and it makes a huge difference in stability. Night and day difference. I also added X-Chocks but I'm not sure they made a big difference, need to use them a couple more times.

I also check my electric jacks every day because they have a tendency to relax a little bit after a while.
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Old 10-16-2015, 02:49 PM   #3
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Most people do not recommend putting jacks under the slide outs.
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:09 PM   #4
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I've read that it's not a good idea to put jacks under the slide outs but don't remember exactly why. I'm sure someone will chime in.

I had the same issue, DW is very sensitive to it. I bought two stabilizer jacks from Harbor Freight and I put one on each side in front of the axle and it makes a huge difference in stability. Night and day difference. I also added X-Chocks but I'm not sure they made a big difference, need to use them a couple more times.

I also check my electric jacks every day because they have a tendency to relax a little bit after a while.
I did almost the same to stop the rocking. A pair of X-chocks and (4) Camco 44560 RV Stabilizer Stack Jacks - Walmart.com theses are cheaply made, but helped a bunch. just need quit a few 2 x 8 boards to get them high enough to snug them up to the frame aft of the tires and a pair forward.

I also heard not to put any jacks under the slide-outs.
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Slide out jacks.......a no no

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On a 35 footer that we used to own, I added scissor jacks to the frame in the middle on both sides. Made a BIG difference.

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snowplus, are you using tandem wheel chocks?(not talking about cheap wedge chocks)
If not, that would be your first step.
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JT Strong Arms and x chocks. Some people have added extra electric stab jacks under trailer in front of the axle with mixed results. Never under the slides, that will wreck the seals and mechanism
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Part of the game is to identify where the movement is...

Fore/aft movement can be eliminated by the use of the X style chocks between tandem wheels.

Many stabilizers (or at least mine) are angled in to do a good job on the side to side movement.

The up and down is a bit trickier... <insert all kinds of references here>

I have been overly cautious with my electric stabilizers to not run them down too much. But I think this is a mistake. You need to actually put some weight on them for them to really work. I believe you really do need to see the trailer lift a bit. It is a matter of touch to get the right amount of lift though...

It helps to have a circuit breaker on the stabilizers instead of a fuse though.
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:05 PM   #11
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JT Strong Arms and x chocks. Some people have added extra electric stab jacks under trailer in front of the axle with mixed results. Never under the slides, that will wreck the seals and mechanism
Use the chocks but a lot of mith in the jacks for the slide outs . Why would they make them if they did not work. Maybe to folks not installing correctly. I use them and never had an issues as long as you use your smarts. Do not over tighten. Do as you please but I do use them and have for 6 years. Later RJD
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:46 PM   #12
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I've read, I've heard, some one said, they said. What every one seems to call jacks are not meant to be jacks. They are to stabilize the slides to reduce side movement. If you are using them as jacks you are using them incorrectly in my opinion. As poster from Georgia said do not over tighten. Been using them for almost 3 years and no problems. If some one has had a Real problem then by all means post so we may learn.

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Old 10-17-2015, 12:01 PM   #13
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We have a new Rockwood 32’ TT front kitchen with electric stabilizer jacks front and rear. Last trip we found out that if you walk thru the trailer it is not stable at all….When tried to sleep if one of us turned over, me in the bedroom or my wife on the table/bed the whole trailer rocked. It is not stable!! I plan on putting the 4 sided hand screw jacks under each corner of the slide outs to help stable the trailer.
If that doesn’t work what’s next????? Help Help
We have a 34 foot Windjammer and our 10 lb dog could make the trailer jump as bad as my 220 lb fat butt jumping in it. I went to the local auto wrecker and got two car jacks for $10.00 and put them in front of the front axle.
Also have x chokes on the wheels but the two jacks took 90% of the bounce out.
I looked at the camco jacks but in my opinion are junk compared to the auto jacks.



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We have a 34 foot Windjammer and our 10 lb dog could make the trailer jump as bad as my 220 lb fat butt jumping in it. I went to the local auto wrecker and got two car jacks for $10.00 and put them in front of the front axle.
Also have x chokes on the wheels but the two jacks took 90% of the bounce out.
I looked at the camco jacks but in my opinion are junk compared to the auto jacks.



Very nice. Well done!
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Old 10-17-2015, 08:08 PM   #15
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Slide jacks are not recommended because if the trailer settles and the slide jacks don't, well you understand the problem. We had a 33 ft. TT with stabilizers on each corner. We used slide jacks on both slides because settling was never an issue. Good scissor wheel chocks will really help. We have a FW now and I won't use the slide jacks. Have 4 of them and would love to sell them.
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Old 10-18-2015, 11:06 AM   #16
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They are slide stabilizers. They are not intended to lift the slides, rigs. etc. If you use them as JACKS you are not using them correctly in MY opinion. And as another poster stated, why do they sell them???

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