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Old 07-27-2020, 04:50 PM   #1
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Stabilizer questions

What's everyone's opinion of the stabilizer bar that goes from one jack to the other, similar to:

I was camping this weekend in what was probably the most uneven and unlevel piece of turf I have ever been on. When setting up, I had everything level and was dropping the corner stabilizers when the whole trailer shifted and slid off the lynx blocks on one side. I didn't have the x-chocks installed at the time and due to having 3 blocks under each tire on the one side, I only had wheel chocks under the other side. One of the corner stabilizers partially folded up under the trailer. I was able to hook back up and reposition further back which worked, but I would rather avoid going through that again. Do the stabilizing bars between the jacks work like one would think? Other options?
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Old 07-27-2020, 05:10 PM   #2
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They aren't going to fix the situation you described. Stabilizers can go a long way toward taking the bounce out of the RV when set up properly, but they won't keep it from moving.

There are a couple of things that you can do. First, I learned that lesson the hard way a while back. I had the tongue jack up on Lynx blocks and it slid off. Didn't do any damage, but I had to go clean my shorts out. From that incident on, the actual foot of my tongue jack goes straight to solid ground only. This will prevent a lot of potential movement because there is more friction between the ground and the foot than the Lynx blocks or the upside down bucket stands I've seen for this purpose. In addition to the lack of friction, the raised tower of support will give way and fall over as it moves. This also prevents the massive jolt as the tongue falls off of said tower.

Second, make sure to always chock somehow. A lot of people like the Andersen levelers that are curved and you back onto them and then chock under them. X-Chocks also work.

Make sure you are solidly fixed in place before deploying any stabilizers. The stabilizers and the aftermarket add ons will stiffen things up to prevent bounce, but I wouldn't rely on any of them to hold me in place.
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Old 07-28-2020, 01:51 PM   #3
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Those plastic blocks can be dangerous as you know.
I had it happening also.

Thinking of attaching rubber pads on the stabilizer pads.
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Old 07-28-2020, 10:21 PM   #4
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The tongue jack was on solid ground but extended quite high due to the terrain. I think the trailer shifting had a lot to do with the corner stabilizers in front being pretty much extended all the way as well. I only carry the one pack of 10 of the lynx blocks as I usually only need a slight left to right correction. I invested in a new set of HD stabilizers and I am going to look into a better option for leveling side to side.
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I use a bunch of 2' long 4x4's from my scrap pile as blocking under tongue jack and corner jacks. the ends are cut at an angle and can be used to pull up on if I need to jack up a wheel for repairs. we park the wheels on the plastic squares with an interlocking chock on the end. the thing I am still working on is eliminating the jiggle from walking around inside. my trailer has spread axles with 18" between tires and I have not been able to find any x-chocks that wide so still looking for a solution.
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:52 PM   #6
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Recycled rubber patio pavers from the local home store cut into squares works quite well and they have grip.
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Recycled rubber patio pavers from the local home store cut into squares works quite well and they have grip.
Going to have to take a look at those. Thanks for the tip!
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