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Old 02-16-2009, 12:42 PM   #15
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Tim, I am sorry for my terminology , I work around and run a lot of cranes, so I am referring to them as a down rigger, but actually they are a hydraulic jack. That is all I am using, but some folks are adding two more stabilizers in the rear. Mine being a 33 or 35ft. Is border line. HB Phil’s is 30 or 32ft. I think the folks with the 35 and 36 units are doing it for better stability. I have some rear end movement within the trailer, but being by myself it doesn’t bother me. Book2
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Hi, I also have the hyd. levelers and like em. I did have a issue with control pendant which PI resolved quick.I also made the same looking pad blocks this winter, can't wait to start using em. Not to steal thread but what are you using as chocks?
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Not to steal thread but what are you using as chocks?
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One of the rear jacks…Once I get the coach the height I want to back under , I just lower one of the rear jacks to act as an anchor. I use the one on the left side or driver’s side since I am working on that side…Book2
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For better footing I have square wood pads like book. I actually have never really needed hem but thought they'd be good to have on-hand just in case of either loose/soggy footing or super heated black top that may be indented/damaged by the stabilizer pads.

For the pads I sandwiched/laminated two squares of 3/4x16x16" plywood, rounded the corners and routered a half round edge along the edges.

We only have the 4 leveler/stabilizers and we do have some motion but it is negligble (sp?).

That's a good idea to use one of the jack in the rear as a chock. I usually hook up and activate the trailer brakes once I am positioned and am seating the king pin into the hitch.

Likewise when unhitching and rocking back to take pressure off of the hitch jaws so they will disengage.

I figure the brakes absorb some impact off of the front jacks/levelers.
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One thing that hasn’t been addressed is the amps these use. I am only using one battery, but always make sure I am close to shore power if I need a boost . Especially for running my side outs. Book2
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I have 2 group 27's isolated/dedicated to the slides and the jacks. I can combine them with the house bank if needed.

Sometimes I go backpacking for a few days and leave my wife and boy back at the trailer boondocking.

Just in case something happens to the main batteries they'll have an emergency reserve, plus, if all else fails we'll have back-up power to break down and get out of the woods.
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