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Old 08-26-2016, 10:57 PM   #1
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Stabilizers

Just purchased a 2013 Thor Citation 24SR and it does not have stabilizers. Are scissor stabilizers the best way to handle this situation? Suggestions welcome!
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Personally I would check into having hydraulic or electric levelers installed so all you have to do is push a button to level.

Check with HWH HWH® Aftermarket Leveling Systems

Or

Atwood Leveleg Levelers - Atwood Mobile

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Old 08-27-2016, 05:14 AM   #3
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I have electric stabilizers on the rear of my Class C. They do a good job of stabilizing most of the unit without having to get out blocks of wood and scissors jacks but they are not levelers, I still have to use blocks to level first. The front end still rocks and rolls a little with some movements inside.

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Old 08-30-2016, 12:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies... Now my choice would be to go with expensive hydraulic stabilizers or less expensive electric dual stabilizer?

I would like to hear more from this forum on how you like/dislike your stabilizer system and if what you have really works to take out the sway?
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:48 PM   #5
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Hydraulic will level your coach and stabilize it, the electric or manual will just stabilize it, you can use them for slight angle assistance. We had the manual ones on our C made by BAL, link below
http://norcoind.com/bal/downloads/af...ng%20Jacks.pdf


Personally I would spend the money and have the HWH hydraulic system installed.
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We have the Atwood levelers on our class A Tiffin Allegro Open Road 35TSA and they level and stabilize it automatically. There are 4 electric jacks that are attached to the frame of the coach controlled by a pushbutton pad on the dash. We pull into a camping site, put the transmission in Park, set the parking/emergency brake, push the on and auto button and it self levels.

On our previous coach we had the HWH hydraulic jacks and had continuous problems, jacks bleeding down and alarms going off, ground wires on hydraulic pump not grounding and etc.

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Old 08-31-2016, 11:40 AM   #7
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There are stabilizers and then there are levelers. I use the Valterra RV Stabilizer for the former and level with blocks. Poor-man's approach, but these stabilizers do make a big difference.
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Stabilizers

FWIW- While shopping for a used Class C, I wanted to know what HWH jacks would cost to install if I went back to their facility in Iowa to have it done. IIRC, it was about $3600 for a manual system, and about $5K for an automatic leveling system. If you haven't done it already, call HWH sales.....great people.

The rig I ended up buying had HWH levelers (WGO factory installed) and both the PO and the original owner said they had never "hicupped" but then everyone knows it is added complexity and sooner or later................. Folks who would rather use "never fail" wood blocks and buy gas instead of "goodies" have a good argument methinks. The system probably cost me 150 to 200 lb in CCC......and the CCC for the longer Class C's is usually kinda low to begin with.

Re stability: I am disappointed. With the jacks down, you can feel the coach "wiggle" when someone moves in the opposite end of the coach. Not much different than when setting on the wheels only, IMHO. But, I love the jacks......2 minutes after parking and the fridge is level and happy. Even better, I have had two DIY tasks under the coach and I just used the jacks in the manual mode to raise one side, then slid under there on a piece of smooth masonite "with the greatest of ease" ...... and I'm 85.

I had a little 20-ft Terry travel trailer back in the 60's and (manual) scissors jacks at the corners really helped stabilize it. Without the stabilizing jacks, it was almost scary when camped in the wind.

Just my $.02...........hope it helps.
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We always had jacks on our bigger rigs but don't need stabilizers with this little one and I level with the lego blocks.It only takes a few minutes.
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Here at Equalizer Systems, we've got a few different option for your Thor Citation. I'd be happy to talk with you and figure out what leveling or stabilizing system would be the best option for your family! I'll share some links to different set ups on our website:

Stabi-Lite Electric Class C System (Sprinter Chassis) - Equalizer Systems

Class C Auto Leveling System (Ford and Chevy Chassis) - Equalizer Systems

Class C Manual Leveling System (Ford & Chevy Chassis) ***NEW*** - Equalizer Systems

The two hydraulic systems are listed for Ford and Chevy chassis, but we also have a mounting system for Sprinter based motor homes.
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To ARC:
Do you use 1 or 2 Valtera Stabilizers?
Where do you place yours?
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:16 PM   #12
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I actually use three Valterra frames for stability: One under the rear bumper, one under the (deployed - driver's side) slide, and one under the (passenger's side) LP tank compartment.
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