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Old 04-22-2018, 07:33 PM   #1
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Please help settle a scissor jack debate......

My friend uses his scissor jacks to level his TT. He says he's been doing it for years. He uses a cordless impact gun.

I have always thought you level with blocks, and use scissor jacks just to limit trailer movement.

So, experts, who is right?

Thank you in advance for your responses.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:41 PM   #2
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It depends on whether or not the trailer has jack points strong enough to withstand the jack pressure. Blocks are under the wheels which had better be strong enough. Scissor jacks may not be placed where that is true...
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:40 PM   #3
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Every owners manual I have seen says to just snug them up, not use them to lift since it will flex the frame.
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They are stabilizers - not jacks. Blocks to level. Stabilizers snugged up to - stabilize...
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Old 04-23-2018, 03:47 AM   #5
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I get mine close with blocks, and will run the jacks down to make it perfect, Yes I use an impact gun and my frame is very robust (Nash).
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Old 04-23-2018, 05:50 AM   #6
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That's not the recommended method of leveling, but it won't actually damage the camper most of the time.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:43 AM   #7
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They are stabilizers - not jacks. Blocks to level. Stabilizers snugged up to - stabilize...
What he said^^
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Settle a debate? In an internet forum? Good luck with that.
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They are stabilizers - not jacks. Blocks to level. Stabilizers snugged up to - stabilize...
Yep. Stabilize, not leveling.

I recently saw someone in a campground that pulled their tongue jack up. It was entirely supported by the stabilizer jacks. It was a new cougar TT. Probably about 30'+
Not sure why they would think to do that.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:37 PM   #10
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They are stabilizers - not jacks. Blocks to level. Stabilizers snugged up to - stabilize...
Yep! I too was informed that leveling with the jacks can (not will) twist/bend the frame.
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Our last RV (a beautiful premium TT) had lables clearly visible on the scissor jacks, read:
"Do not use to lift RV"

The manual showed how to level with blocks under the tires and the tongue jack...then the scissor jacks stabilize - only.

AND, in the site next to us on our last major outing, a TT "fell" off its scissor jacks. They hadn't used blocks under the tires and the whole RV shifted for some reason The jacks folded at the top-mount to the frame.

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As others said, every manual I've ever read has said to use blocks to level, and the jacks just stabilize.

I use a drill to lower/raise the jacks, too, but only out of laziness, not to get extra torque on them.

Your friend has been doing this for years, and it's "probably" fine. Eating that donut you find on top of the trash is "probably" fine too, doesn't mean I'm willing to do it...

Although it makes me wonder if his doors stick, and his trailer tracks funny because the frame is bent...
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It appears the debate has been settled. Level first, stabilize with jacks after.
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My friend uses his scissor jacks to level his TT. He says he's been doing it for years. He uses a cordless impact gun.

I have always thought you level with blocks, and use scissor jacks just to limit trailer movement.

So, experts, who is right?

Thank you in advance for your responses.
You are correct. I once tried it with the jacks and after I was done the door would not open. I had to raise the jacks level the trailer at the wheels.
Never again will I do that.
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