Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Horizonchase's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 649
stabilizers unwind.

I know this might sound silly but when my wife and I tried to level our trailer using the attached stabilizers a strange thing happened. The weight of the trailer caused the scissor jacks to unwind! In other words, when I get it to where it is somewhat level the jack automatically retracts! Am I doing something wrong here? How the heck to I keep it from unwinding? When it unwinds it is no longer level!
__________________

__________________
Horizonchase is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
wandering1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 450
Send a message via ICQ to wandering1
Stabilizers are not for leveling trailers.
__________________

__________________
Wandering1
wandering1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
jperry29's Avatar
 
New Horizons Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 225
Your stabilizer jacks are just that, stabilizers. Proper use of them would include lowering them to just the point where they begin to bear a load and then do one full revolution, that's it.

But be sure to do your front to back leveling first with the landing gear and the side to side leveling has to be done before that by driving up on blocks on the low side. Only after these two things are done should you deploy the stabilizers as described above.
__________________
'06 F-550 PSD Tow Boss
2012 37' Majestic by New Horizons
BLOG: www.CuRVWander.blogspot.com
jperry29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 03:07 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Horizonchase's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 649
Quote:
Originally Posted by jperry29 View Post
Your stabilizer jacks are just that, stabilizers. Proper use of them would include lowering them to just the point where they begin to bear a load and then do one full revolution, that's it.

But be sure to do your front to back leveling first with the landing gear and the side to side leveling has to be done before that by driving up on blocks on the low side. Only after these two things are done should you deploy the stabilizers as described above.
Thanks. I wasn't using the leveling blocks properly.
What is the "landing gear" if you don't mind my asking? Sorry for my ignorance. This is all very new to me and the Mrs.
__________________
Horizonchase is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 03:23 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Dunner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phx, Arid~zona
Posts: 11,106
On a 5er, it is the jacks you use to un-hook from the tow vehicle. Some are electric, some are manual.
__________________
2004 32' National Sea Breeze 1311 Class A on a F-53 Chassis, CHF, TST TPMS, 5Star Tune.
If Dunner (RVM23) can't fix it, it ain't broke!
Cheap Handling Fix Poll. Click Here to vote?
Dunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012, 07:39 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
jperry29's Avatar
 
New Horizons Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 225
Like Dunner said; it's the two big legs up front. They either crank down manually (don't see this very often), are actuated by an electric motor (probably the most common method) or hydraulically (usually found on higher-end rigs).

If you have the electric motor style jacks, then there is a strong likelyhood that they will be the pin-style. There are two sections to the jacks; one is moved up and down by the electric motor and the other is adjusted manually by you. You pull the pin and extend the footpad in a way that allows each jack (landing gear) to touch the ground and begin bearing a load at the same time.

Getting the side-to-side level and then having the landing gear bear the load equally helps keep you from having frustrating problems like a sticking entry door and round things from rolling off the counter tops. If things are not level and jacks are not uniformly lifting, then you can potentially flex the frame in a way that twists it and cause these inconveniences.

One other thing about getting the rig level. While everything I have talked about so far relates to your comfort, there is at least one good technical reason to get your rig level - the refrigerator. For the fridge to work at its maximum efficiency it needs to be level. I am not talking about dead-on, a degree or two in any direction is not going to make or break whether it works. But you should give your fridge every advantage and not make it work extra hard because one set of wheels is in a hole.
__________________
'06 F-550 PSD Tow Boss
2012 37' Majestic by New Horizons
BLOG: www.CuRVWander.blogspot.com
jperry29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 03:01 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Horizonchase's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 649
Thanks all for explaining that to me. I won't feel so foolish now on my first attempt to level the trailer at the campground. I actually knew that the refrigerator had to be level in order for it to work properly.
__________________
Horizonchase is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 03:30 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Dunner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phx, Arid~zona
Posts: 11,106
When I had a 33' toy hauler, I never used the landing gear at the dunes(only place I go). If the trailer was high in the front, I would dig 4" holes in front of the truck rear tires and pull forward to let the truck settle in them to level the trailer. There was no need to un-hook. Being just me and the dog, I didn't need the stabilizers. I did use the landing gear and stabilizers when I went to Rocky Point, Mexico and had to un-hook.
__________________

__________________
2004 32' National Sea Breeze 1311 Class A on a F-53 Chassis, CHF, TST TPMS, 5Star Tune.
If Dunner (RVM23) can't fix it, it ain't broke!
Cheap Handling Fix Poll. Click Here to vote?
Dunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.