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Old 11-21-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Stabilizers

I am fairly new to RVng (since August of this year) and I have noticed in the different parks I have been to that some people extend their front and rear stabilizers on their trailer as far as they will go until they hit ground. Other will build up with stabilizer pads(or what they are using for pads) where the stabilizers are only down a few inches.

My question is....do you get more stabilization when the stabilizers are extended as far as they can go or do you get your best stabilization when the stabilizers are only down a few inched before resting on the stabilizer pads?? Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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I would also like to know the answer to that.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:45 PM   #3
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Yes, it is more stable when the jack is not extended.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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The scissor type stablizers are efficient regardless of position but when extended farther, you'll get a bit more "sway" such as during high wind or walking through the trailer. Another thing is most of these are hand operated and using blocks minimizes the distance you have to crank it down.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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The scissor type stablizers are efficient regardless of position but when extended farther, you'll get a bit more "sway" such as during high wind or walking through the trailer. Another thing is most of these are hand operated and using blocks minimizes the distance you have to crank it down.
Triangles are more stable than poles. Iftar scissor jacks are fully extended they will stop up and down movement but have no effect on side to side movement. Even with blocks underneath and better triangles scissor jacks do little for side to side. To stop this add bars that go from the foot pad to the frame of the trailer. There are a few that are commercially available. Also a good battery operated drill makes quick work of raising and lowering the scissor jacks.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #6
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Yep, get yourself some blocks of wood or some premade pads:

Amazon.com: Camco 44595 RV Stabilizer Jack Pad - Pack of 4: Automotive

You never want to fully extend your jacks.

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Triangles are more stable than poles. Iftar scissor jacks are fully extended they will stop up and down movement but have no effect on side to side movement.
That's kinda what I said

Good idea with the lateral supports!
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You also need to stop the front to back movement. We use X Chocks from BAL between the tires. Also we try not to extend the power jack all the way up, need blocks under there.
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