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Old 07-18-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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electric stabilizer stuck

Guys,

I arrived at the campground tonight and my front stabilizers are stuck. The motor won't move them and neither will the manual crank. It won't budge. They are up in the travel position and I'd like them down.

I cut the wires to the motor just to make sure it wasn't fighting me.

Any ideas?
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:59 PM   #2
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I have heard of the legs "jamming" if raised too high, (motor still running when the legs are already in travel posit), but have not heard that even with the manual crank it didn't budge.
Could be the gear has jammed the legs in which case you may have to pull the cover from the box and check to see if the teeth are mucked up. If so, a good pry bar or heavier screwdriver should work to separate the gears.
Hopefully, someone will know more than I.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:11 AM   #3
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Thanks. That sounds like it might be the problem. I'll remove the motor and see if that allows the stabilizers to move freely. If so, I can then take it apart and see if it is fixable.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:43 PM   #4
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I removed the motor and that fixed the problem. Now I can operate the Jacks manually with the crank.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:25 PM   #5
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Bumping this old thread with some updates.

I just burned up my rear stabilizer motor this past weekend. That means both my motors lasted just months past the rig's warranty. I disassembled the motor and the internals are smoked. The gear reducer looks new but the armature of the electric motor is breaking apart.

Now the funny thing is that Lippert lists the motor as a Klauber C800. Klauber is from Missouri but my motor just says "India" on it. No reference to the mfg. LCI wants over $300 for this silly electric motor. That means they're crappy products (I'm stopping short of calling them defective as they did last just until the end of the warranty) would cost me almost $700 if I do the labor myself.

Anyone else have trouble with these? I keep my rig in indoor storage most of the year.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:26 PM   #6
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I'm not sure if the sticky switches caused the motor problem or not. I have new switches on order, but not in time to see if that was the cause of the problem.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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My rear motor is slow, got stuck once and the suggestion of a camper next to me was to hit the motor with a hammer, got it going and got the jacks up. It's slow now and is on the list of will get repaired before winter storage..
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:02 AM   #8
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We took our 5er to a local dealer in the spring because the underbelly cover was falling off on the way home from Florida (always carry duct tape!). While it was there, they noticed the rear stabilizer jacks were not working. We never had a problem with them. We had purchased the trailer one year prior. It was the previous year's model still left on the lot.

The dealer was unable to obtain the required parts from Crossroads, so when we went to the factory rally we had that item fixed along with a list of other stuff. The jacks were up so we lived with the rocking until then.

My husband now only puts the jacks down part way in case they cease to function in a downward position. At least we could still travel. He puts something under them to make up the difference in distance (blocks or something).
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There is a lot to be said for the old hand cranked jacks. I think if it was me, those jacks with the electric motors going out would get converted to the old style manual ones.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:53 AM   #10
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Come on Lloyd, your gonna make it hard for us guys with bad backs. Give me the electric any day. Just put better motors on them.
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