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Old 10-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Stabilizing trailer

Does anyone have any suggestions on stabilizing. My camper has warning signs by the stablilizng jacks suggesting only to use the tool provided. I see several people using electric drills with sockets attached to lower the jacks. Does this help stable the camper better? I can't seem to get it stable unless I put jack stands under the camper. My camper moves when my kids walk through it, and I have the jack stands as tight as I can get them with that tool they provide.


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Old 10-30-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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We bought our first towable this year. I know what you are talking about. A friend of ours gave us a drill to use on the stablizing jack. (I think it is an impact drill) My husband does not like to use it. The bit on it does not fit the jack fitting perfectly and he is afraid of rounding those off so he preffers to put them down by hand.

We also rocked so we purchased an X-chock before our last trip and it stopped that rocking. It fits between the tires and you ratchet it out so there is pressure on both tires preventing them from moving. We got ours at General RV and it was about $50

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Old 10-30-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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Electric drills are faster and more convenient, but not better than using the hand crank supplied. When extending the jacks, you want to "just" take the weight off and never try to lift the unit. It should be levelled first side to side using boards, plastic levelling blocks, etc. The X-chocks definitely help in stabilizing things as it is more difficult to prevent the small amount of back and forth rocking you get when using regular chocks.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:32 AM   #4
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Make sure you have some blocks under all 4 jacks and make sure they aren't extended too far out.

If it's a dual axle, try this set of chocks!

BAL 28012 X-Chock Tire Locking Chock : Amazon.com : Automotive

If it's a single axle, try this BAL product:

Amazon.com: BAL R.V. Products Group 28050 Light Trailer Tire Leveler: Automotive

Yes, they're expensive but they both work great!
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:24 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. I heard the stabilizing jacks should not be extended all the way. I put blocks and wood under them before letting them down. I also make sure I am level first. I'll add the x-chocks to my list of things to get this off season.
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X chock is awesome. I only have one and use it on the side that is up on leveling blocks. It gives me extra peace of mind also that the TT won't roll off the blocks since any other way to chock the wheels pretty much only works on the ground. I have heard that if you get the TT leveled, stabilized with the jacks, and then X chock on BOTH sides, then the TT is pretty much locked in place. They are very easy to use and come with a ratchet to tighten and loosen. They can also be locked with a small padlock to discourage theft.

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