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Old 07-08-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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stabilizing parked trailer and other issues

We have a 2014 28BH. Now that we have camped about 10 nights this year, some issues have beome evident. I don't know if everyone has problems like this, but we have some shaking with our parked camper. We have electric stabilzing jacks and use wood 2x6 under each support, but the camper shakes noticeably when someone walks in camper or steps on the stairs to get in or out of the camper. It is not unstable, but it is loose. I have read about stabilizing systems and was wondering if anyone has used them with a conventional travel trailer? Also, I have noticed the floor boards squeek when we walk on them (like they are not properly glued down, rubbing on the nails like in a house). I did not experience that issue with our previous trailer, but it was a much smaller hybrid so they may not have had as many seams to deal with. Neither issue is major and we really like the trailer, just wondering if there are any secrets to these issues. I strongly dislike camping without full hookups (water pump is loud even after installing an accumulator, which doesn't really help much).

Finally, the ceiling vent in the bedroom area lets in a lot of light early in the morning. Not that we sleep late generally, but I am using a peice of posterboard with velcro attachments to cover the inside of the vent to block out the light. It is easy to place and remove as needed, but not a great long term solution. Anyone have other ideas for covering this (curtain or whatever)?
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:23 PM   #2
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For stabilization I use the x chocks between the tires. Helps alot.
Bought the x chocks from Camping World.




For the vent I use a vent pillow.
Got the pillow at Walmart
As for the squeaking floor your dealer might be able to help you.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:25 AM   #3
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I got the x-chocks and they didn't seem to help us...


if in the DFW area,
have some in the garage and also have a pin tripod for the old 5er that I don't use


but I did get one of these to put under the rear hitch on the LONG rear overhang of our 5er and that helped a lot...
some have even opted for the rear stabilizer bar like I had on my previous 5er
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:56 AM   #4
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For stabilizing your camper chocks help some, but the stabilizer are the answer. They will pretty much make the rig shake free. This is what I installed.
http://www.plugitright.com/RVStabilizer.html

Vent pillows are what a lot of people use. I think there is a dark colored vent cover out there that you could replace your old one with.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:02 AM   #5
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We installed the Camco Stair Stabilizers. This distributes the weight of the person on the stairs to the ground rather than the trailer. The stairs become rock solid which is very important when carrying a toddler who fell asleep in his camp chair by the fire.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:10 AM   #6
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We use the X chocks, huge improvement. also it is not uncommon to have to go out and put down your stabilizers alittle more after a day or two to reset evrything. As for the bedroom vent, install smoke or black vent covers, this will cut down on light and allow you to keep the vents open even in the rain.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:55 AM   #7
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good point on the dark vent covers - which is what we have, but that Shower skylight has to go
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We have the same TT and use 2 of these stabilizers to take some of the rock-n-roll out of the camper once we're set up: http://www.amazon.com/Valterra-02010.../dp/B001UGJPXQ Together with the 4 built-in stabilizers, they take out a majority of the movement. We put one under the rear bumper and one just to the right of the stairs (it would be best right under the stairs, but you can't get to the frame there).
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We have the same TT and use 2 of these stabilizers to take some of the rock-n-roll out of the camper once we're set up: http://www.amazon.com/Valterra-02010.../dp/B001UGJPXQ Together with the 4 built-in stabilizers, they take out a majority of the movement. We put one under the rear bumper and one just to the right of the stairs (it would be best right under the stairs, but you can't get to the frame there).
X2...I put mine one on each side under the frame. Vent pillow will knock out the light.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:53 AM   #10
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good point on the dark vent covers - which is what we have, but that Shower skylight has to go
I have a solution to the shower skylight. I don't like them either as they let in too much sun, which equals heat. The skylight has two parts, the part on the roof and the inside part. Remove the inside part (it has screws) and place either block-out curtain lining material or Reflectix on it and put it back. This will block out all the light. I used the curtain lining on our previous trailer and used Reflectix on our current one. It was just a matter of what I had on hand.

As for the shaking, there are many solutions which help (several mentioned here) but you cannot remove all the shaking unless you remove the wheels. Remember - you are supported by rubber tires, with air in them. This is going to "give" somewhat.
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