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Old 05-28-2013, 01:19 PM
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A trailer question

So I am out camping for the holiday weekend. Great time. Disney Ft Wilderness never fails. Packing up the site Monday morning I take a step into the trailer and the entire front end of the unit drops 12 inches with a loud Bang! Both of the front stabilizer jacks failed causing the front to slam down on the tounge jack. The jacks were on wood blocks sitting on a concrete slab. I get the unit hooked to the truck and headed to camping World where I bought it. I was then informed that I had overloaded the jacks and I was responsible for the replacement. the rig is a 13 heartland bought 7 months ago. So how much pressure do I put onto the stabilizer jacks? just snug? Snug plus a turn? I have been cranking them to remove some of the rock off of the suspension. Any Advise is appreciated
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Were you supporting only with your stabilizer jacks or did you have your ball jack down also?
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Im assuming if it dropped 12 inches the tounge jack was not being used.



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I just reread your post. I am assuming that since the front jacks failed and you ball jack slammed down that you had it in the up position. I always level with my ball jack front to back and leave it down with weight on it. Then I put down my stabilizer jacks only to stabilize the camper not really to hold that much weight. So most of my weight is on the tires and ball jack.
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Yes, the stabilizer jacks are just that - "Stabilizer Jacks", they are not meant to hold the weight of the trailer, only to keep it from rocking once you have already leveled it with blocks under the tires and by using the tongue jack.
When you use them, you can snug them up pretty good but do not let them take all the weight off of the tongue jack (the tongue jack is designed to hold the weight of the trailer).

I flattened a pair once when my tongue jack slipped off it's block when getting the trailer set up in the sand dunes

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The tongue jack was up. Can't remember why but it was. I had always thought you leveled out with the jacks, and the wheel blocks were just a pain. I guess I'm getting off cheap. $100 for the pair.
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The tongue jack was up. Can't remember why but it was. I had always thought you leveled out with the jacks, and the wheel blocks were just a pain. I guess I'm getting off cheap. $100 for the pair.
That is only on motorhomes that have the heavy duty hydraulic type leveling jacks.

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The tongue jack was up. Can't remember why but it was. I had always thought you leveled out with the jacks, and the wheel blocks were just a pain. I guess I'm getting off cheap. $100 for the pair.
Awesome! Glad you got it fixed!!!


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