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Old 04-12-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Hi! We just purchased a RV! When we are in the RV there is alot of movement. We have automatic jacks, but not an automatic stabalizer. We put a level on the kitchen counter and got the bubble in the middle. The back seems lower thou. Help!!! We bought an RV to live in while we rebuild our house that burned down. So we are living on our property. Any advice would be helpful.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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You need to be level front to back and side to side. Stabilizers work to reduce the rocking feel and I would think for a longer term use, as opposed to just a night or 2, you would want to get some.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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I think I may have asked my question wrong. We have stabilizers. 4 post that come out from under the RV, I believe that's what they are. It does not have an automatic leveling system. So is there something additional we can add to make it so everytime someone moves we don't feel it in the whole rv? I feel really dumb, for not asking questions at delivery! We have had it for 3 days and it's been a nightmare!
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:40 PM   #4
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Are you putting pressure on all 4 stabalizers? Are they autamatic or hand cranked? Are they on a trailor? Sorry, I just read where they are not auto. Usually level is the fridge tray. Even if it is not level, and the stabalizers are down solid it should be solid.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:46 PM   #5
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You need all 4 jacks on the ground carrying weight to reduce the bounce in the coach. Of course the result is that your coach is level as well.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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^ what these guys are saying. To get the "bounce" out of your RV when walking around, you'll need to take some the weight off of all 4 wheels. This isn't to say that your wheels need to be up in the air or anything crazy, but merely that some of the load be taken off the RV's suspension, which is the cause for the bounciness (after all, springs bounce). With my own RV, I had small stabilizer jacks on each corner that cracked up manually. After I'm level with each stabilizer jack in place, I then crank them all up by maybe 4-5 turns. Not all stab-jacks are created equal, so after a few turns, get in the RV and see if it seems firmer. Play around with it, you'll figure it out.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:07 AM   #7
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They are all 4 on the ground. And if someone moves in bed everyone feels it. I am beginning to rethink living in this thing for a year! Is there anything else we can do?
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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Are you putting pressure on all 4 stabalizers? Are they autamatic or hand cranked? Are they on a trailor? Sorry, I just read where they are not auto. Usually level is the fridge tray. Even if it is not level, and the stabalizers are down solid it should be solid.
Yes all 4 are down. They are automatic but don't have a self leveling feature.
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First of all, welcome to the forum and RVing. You will find that you will get a lot of info from this and other forums, but you need to tell us some specific info.
What kind of RV do you have? Year, make, model, etc. I'm assuming it is a Class C. I believe what you have are levelers, not stabilizers, since you say they are automatic. I assume you push buttons to extend the jacks.
An RV is not the same as a house built on full foundation. The RV is on a steel frame and is subject to some flex. If all 4 jacks are on the ground, and the MH is level, your set. I have owned 7 RVs, and they all have had some slight bounce when set up. Once the weight on the suspension has been reduced, the frame will still flex some.
Be very careful that you DO NOT raise the rear wheels too far since the parking brake requires the rear wheels to be on the ground.
Let us know what RV you have and you will get much better answers.

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First of all, welcome to the forum and RVing. You will find that you will get a lot of info from this and other forums, but you need to tell us some specific info.
What kind of RV do you have? Year, make, model, etc. I'm assuming it is a Class C. I believe what you have are levelers, not stabilizers, since you say they are automatic. I assume you push buttons to extend the jacks.
An RV is not the same as a house built on full foundation. The RV is on a steel frame and is subject to some flex. If all 4 jacks are on the ground, and the MH is level, your set. I have owned 7 RVs, and they all have had some slight bounce when set up. Once the weight on the suspension has been reduced, the frame will still flex some.
Be very careful that you DO NOT raise the rear wheels too far since the parking brake requires the rear wheels to be on the ground.
Let us know what RV you have and you will get much better answers.

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Sorry! I entered it in my profile. It's a gulf stream Yellowstone super C 34 ft long 2008. My tired are on the ground. I will try adjusting the jacks today and see if that helps. This site is great! I am so lost on this whole RV thing!
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Howdy Stacy and welcome. Sorry you're having difficulty with the RV! From my experience, the RV movement is very annoying at first...but after a time you do get used to it! Your RV will never feel as solid as a house on a foundation. Good luck.
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The way I can tell if my jacks have taken enough weight off the suspension is by how much it rocks when somebody leaves the coach. If you can barely feel any movement, then I've got it set up correctly. If the coach rocks, I adjust the jacks to take more weight off the suspension.
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Be sure to block the wheels before you go raising the motorhome too much. Parking park requires contact with the ground to hold the vehicle in place. Now lets try to place some blocks of wood or something flat & square (ish) to increase your abilitity to raise the motorhome somewhat. If you have a cheap set and (they are out there) of stabilizers or corner jacks it's possible that they aren't capable of doing what you expect them to do. Might need to add some wooded blocks, or concrete blocks at each corner to stabilze your home while you rebuilg. Sorry about your fire but hang in there you'll be fine.....
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I have an auto leveling system on my coach and it is nice but if someone in the front of the RV moves and I am in the back at night we can feel it. You can reduce the bounce by taking pressure off the axles but you wont take the vibration out of the coach.
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