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Old 02-01-2016, 08:52 AM   #1
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Leveling/Stabilization Jacks Mounted On Truck Frame

Has anyone installed scissor jacks or some other type of jack to their truck frame for 3-point leveling and stabilization? Thinking about doing something like this as opposed to driving on boards etc. I'm concerned about losing any ground clearance from permanently mounted jacks, and also their accessibility if they're tucked too far up on the chassis. What else should I consider?

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Carry jacks you can position under the truck and lift it enough to level and stabilize tires and springs. Permanently mounting scissors jacks require lots of attention to keep greased and active.
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I've used boards for the last 30+ years and they have worked fine for me. I have 4 2X6 planks with tapered ends and 2 of them are a little shorter than the other 2 so I can stack them if I need to. Very seldom, and only if that was the only way possible to get level, I have lowered the corner camper jacks and lifted enough with them to level the camper but only if that was possible without lifting the camper off the truck bed.

The hazard in using the camper jacks, or any other jacking system, is that driving away with them down is a possibility. For me it would be more like a probability.:-)) If I did something like you are suggesting, I would also include a warning of some kind in the truck to alert me when the jacks were still down.

It will be interesting to find out what others have done, and what you decide to do.

Thanks for starting this thread.

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Thanks Bob...storage space is at a premium which is one reason I am thinking about actually mounting the jacks. your point on maintaining them is well taken, and I would have to add this to my preventive maintenance list...
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Steve,

Thanks for your input. Using boards for leveling no doubt works well as many truck camper owners happily use this method. I'm just exploring other methods that may be more convenient (no storing dirty boards, no need to drive on to boards, etc.) and something that offers both leveling and stability.

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I've used Try-Lynx leveling blocks for years. Like big logos. Easy to store, use, and as they don't soak up water, light weight.
One cold mount a set of power gear auto levelers, tucked into the frame rails of a truck .
It would be a rather expensive and fairly heavy system. It would eliminate the need for blocs.
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Trying to stay away from heavy and expensive, hence my thoughts on mounting scissor jacks. Still hoping someone has already done this or has seen something similar so I can hear how it worked out.
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