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Old 05-01-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Trailer Stabilizers

We have a Crossroads Z1 291RL with one slide. There is a significant amount of movement in the trailer, mostly side to side, when we are on site. It doesn't appear to be dependent on the site surface since we have been on several different surfaces.

Any suggestions on how to stabilize it? Would additional stabilizer jacks help? I have read about the JT Strong Arm Jack Stabilizer system (about $250) but don't know if I need to go that far to solve the problem.
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Old 05-01-2015, 02:54 PM   #2
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stabilizers

do you have them on your trailer now?????
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:15 PM   #3
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The only stabilization that I currently have on the trailer are the 4 standard scissor jacks and 2 slide out stabilizers that I install on site.
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Old 05-01-2015, 04:10 PM   #4
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Bal X-Chocks help. If you are going to be parked long enough to justify the effort, you can add extra stabilizing until you are happy.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:04 PM   #5
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Bal X-Chocks is what we use, works great.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:27 PM   #6
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One thing that can help is to keep the scissor jacks as short as possible by using blocks under them. The shorter the jack the more force it takes to move them.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:36 PM   #7
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BAL lock-arms! I use them, plus the X-chock. BAL is quite a bit less $$ than JT for the same thing. I could not get the movement out of our trailer until I put on the lock-arms, now it doesn't move!

For those that are for using blocks to keep the scissor jack short, won't you have the same length and the same motion with the blocks? I can't envision it...

Do some research on slide out stabilizers. May not be the best idea.

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I have a 28 ft Z1 and I thise very stabs and 1 slide and I use the x chox with an extra 5 lbs air in the tires to make them stiffer with 6 inch blocks of wood I hand cut and screw together to add stabilty. I never put anything under the slide. bring an air pump with you. you can add up to 10 xtra lbs of air for a stiffer feel while parked but remember to remove the xtra air before leaving. also, make sure to only add enough torque to the stabs to just seat them and donf over tighten.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:44 PM   #9
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I have the BAL lock arms too, and they made a big difference. I bought two sets, about $40 each on Amazon. Put one on the front corner and the other on the rear opposite corner. Made a huge difference.


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Old 05-02-2015, 11:30 AM   #10
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Do some research on slide out stabilizers. May not be the best idea.

Tim[/QUOTE]

Good point here on the slide out stabilizers. If you have movement in the trailer you don't want to block the slides. You could jam them up.
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Do some research on slide out stabilizers. May not be the best idea.

Tim
Good point here on the slide out stabilizers. If you have movement in the trailer you don't want to block the slides. You could jam them up.[/QUOTE]

I have read the same, dont want any counterpressure on that slide mechanism.
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Thanks for all of the info, especially about the possible problems with using stabilizers on the slide - won't be doing that anymore.
Would a low-tech solution such as using jackstands on opposing corners of the trailer accomplish the desired result?

Thanks again for all of the responses
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How would you get it on the jackstands?

Something else is amiss here, I think. With all four scissor jacks deployed, there really should not be much movement.
I would wiggle the jacks while up to make sure they are securely bolted or welded to the frame.
If it's just held on by a couple of cheap metal bolts, get it welded on.
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X3 on the BAL lock arms, they work great. Also add two more stabilizers in the middle near the tires, it will stop the bounce or the tires and springs.
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