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Old 04-21-2013, 07:24 AM   #1
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I have only been camping for about 7 years now and I have been told a couple different things on how hard I should crank the siccor jacks down, I have been told to put them down till they are snug on the ground and I have been told to crank them down enough to raise the back of the camper up some and take some weight off the wheels. Problem is when I crank them down hard they never stay tight. Just seeing what some of you guys do or have found that has worked best.

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:49 AM   #2
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we go snug to ground. they are not designed to lift the weight of the camper. if they loosen them we tighten them again.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:33 AM   #3
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I crank them down pretty firm. If you are having movement in the camper that you don't like, then I suggest installing a set of stabilizers.
This is what I installed but there are different ones out there.

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:39 AM   #4
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We always just snug em up pretty hard...use blocks of wood so they dont need to crank down so far to help with stabilization...
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x2 on wood blocks we use two 4x6 pieces of wood about 12" long (they might be 6x6 according to DH) under each stab jack. it allows them to have a wider stance and less wiggle.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
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I do what has been stated above but i am lazy so i use a drill motor set to LOW and crank them down as far as the motor will go. Two - three hours later i do it again because after a drive the tires are hot and the rig will settle some. I repeat the tightening on the chocks, wheel stabilizer and rear stabilizer and then everything stays tight.

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Old 04-21-2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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Thanks for letting me in on what you guys do. I too use a battery powered drill to lower the jacks, Stan I liked your idea about putting the drill on low and letting it go until the drill cant move it anymore. I usually use only a 2x6 to put under the jack, but I try using more blocks. I do plan on getting steady fast stabilizers soon. thanks again guys
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X2 on what Lloyd said....I use JT Strongarms...they work fabulous

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:12 AM   #9
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I do a little different than you guys. Went to Tractor Supply and bought horse feed buckets. They come in sets of two so I bought two sets. I removed the metal carrying bails. I now stack all four together and they take up very little room. When reaching campground, I put a bucket, upside down, under each scissor jack with a board on top and then let the jacks down. The buckets are very sturdy and don't crush like a regular bucket would. Works for me.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:29 AM   #10
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I use automible jack stands, they also stack nice
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I just purchased a set of the steadyfast stabilizers, hopefully these will work to bring the shaking down.

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Chris,
If they work half as much as well as the JT Strong Arms you will be impressed...I cannot believe how well they work. Linda and I are both impressed...I hope you will be too

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After you have been settled in you site you will notice as always that earth does compress and you will have to adjust your jacks. This is normal and we have been spotted in the same site 6 years and still have to adjust our jacks as earth compresses. All the joys of camping and not a problem.
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I do what has been stated above but i am lazy so i use a drill motor set to LOW and crank them down as far as the motor will go. Two - three hours later i do it again because after a drive the tires are hot and the rig will settle some. I repeat the tightening on the chocks, wheel stabilizer and rear stabilizer and then everything stays tight.
I use the blocks from CW under my front and rear jacks. As Stan said after a couple of hours, I go back and snug the rear down and the X chocks between the tires... makes a world of difference.
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I have JT StrongArm's on the rear stabilizers, so I put a 2X6 pad on the ground and crank them down to the pad until the stabilizer is tight and then lock the StrongArm strut. With the StrongArms, the lower the stabilizer goes, the better the triangulation between the stabilizer and the strut.
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Arrived in Deming, NM yesterday. Going out right now to retighten everything including the Steadyfast. It's what I normally do as things tend to loosen a little over the first night's lumbering around inside.
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I just push the button. What crank? If it loosens up. I push the button again.

Just kidding, I am just enjoying not having to use a crank anymore.

Also looking at some sort of additional stabilizer for front and rear but haven't decided on a brand yet.
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Same as WildWildWest. I just push a button for the front and push another button for the rear jacks. Nice and easy.
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