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Old 08-27-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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my wife and i have a 26' Cherrokee Lite TT. when i put the stabalizers down should they make direct contact with the ground or is it ok to put some blocks of wood under them so that i don't have to crank them so far? THANKS!!
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First, Welcome to the fourm. Yes, you can use wood blocks under the stabilizers. Or, you can use the products like Lynks Levelors (plastic) or any othe type of blocking you prefer. I use both the wood and plactic type when needed. The less you have to crank down the stabilizers the better. Stabilizers, are more effecient when not cranked down as much. Hope this helps.
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Blocks also help keep your stablizers from sinking into the soft ground on a grass site & keep you from poking holes in asphalt parking pad sites.

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I always put boards/bricks/Lynx Levelers/etc under the stabilizer feet. It helps spread the weight over a larger surface area which helps keep the foot from sinking into ground when it's soft. It also helps in keeping the foot clean and dry. The foot will get wet when it rains so, by dry I mean that it will dry faster since it's in contact with the wet ground.
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THANKS you veteran campers! i do appreciate your help
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Every camp site is different (paved, gravel, cinders, grass, sand, Or mud (I'm thinking of Bill~inside joke). For me if the ground looks fairly firm and the the site level, I'll just crank down my stabilizers to meet the ground and give them one more crank. My trailer is built low to the ground, so the stabilizers are not extended very far. My stabilizers have nice sized pads at the end. If I'm on soft grass I'll put a small board down and a few Lynx Levelers down if needed. If you put Lynx Levelers down on the grass, they will sink in. Always carry at least a 10 pak of Lynx Levelers.
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as a newbe to RVing, i am wondering: when putting down the stabilizers on my 26' T-T should they extend directly to the ground or can i get the same stability by putting some blocks of wood between the ground and the stabilizers so that i don't have to "crank" them so far? THANKS
larrydp, If you have BAL screw type jacks by all means go ahead and use blocks. Just don't stack too many blocks in case the load shifts and the blocks go flying! Been there and done that!
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thanks for all of the great info/ideas!!!
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I always put boards/bricks/Lynx Levelers/etc under the stabilizer feet. It helps spread the weight over a larger surface area which helps keep the foot from sinking into ground when it's soft. It also helps in keeping the foot clean and dry. The foot will get wet when it rains so, by dry I mean that it will dry faster since it's in contact with the wet ground.
Sorry, the last sentence should have read:

The foot will get wet when it rains so, by dry I mean that it will dry faster since it's not in contact with the wet ground.
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Jack pads can be either be placed directly on the ground or with wood blocks under them. Most Lightweight TTs have simple BAL single arm stab jack where the end of the jack is a rolled piece of metal, these jacks will dig into asphalt pads and will not be very stable on gravel, sand, or dirt and therefore the use of a piece of wood or Lynx blocks to keep the pads from sinking in.
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When I travle with my trailer i carry 12X6X2 ceader boards in milk crates to put on the ground. I will build a stack by laying 2 boards side by side the next layer of boards. I will criss cross I will do this 4 to 6 layers high the top board is a 12X10X2 that has a 8X8 ss plate screwed in to it I lay it across the top two boards this lockes the whole stack in place. Then I crank the jack down on to the SS plate. When I park in my seasonal site I have 12X12 cinder pavers inder the tires tong Jack and front jacks. Under the back jacks I have solid cinder blocks stacked criss cross 2 high withe the 12x10X2 siting on top of them. In the front I have 2 automotive Jack stands with a 8X8 plate welded on top siting on the 12X12 pavers. This way I only have to crank the jacks down a little. Then i use two 1 inch ratchet tie down straps in a X patern on the jacks that makes my trailer very stable.
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wow! bet you could sit thru a hurricane! thanks!
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wow! bet you could sit thru a hurricane! thanks!
Hurricane Earl is planning to come up the east coast this weekend. Maybe he could prove your theory true by camping somewhere on the Outer Banks.
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As someone who has been through a lot of Hurricanes, I pray it misses the East Coast ...
You guys have any way to keep the corrosion down on the stabilizer screw/threaded rod ... Tried Grease, but that just seems to attract dirt ...
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