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Old 02-26-2017, 10:28 PM   #1
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Tongue lift retracted while camping

We picked up our z1 211rd Friday and have been breaking it in at a campground near our home. I am not a novice tt owner but have been away from it for about 8 years. I never really looked into this before. But should the tongue jack be bearing weight when camping or should the camper jacks bear all the weight? Also how much pressure should one use when putting down the jacks/stabilizers?
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:01 AM   #2
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it depends - do you have leveling jacks or stabilizers ? there IS a difference.

from MY TT and 5'er days,
the answer is yes, the tongue will have weight on it...
but only because mine (before the redwood 5er) only had stabilizers,
they were NOT intended to lift the rv, only to stabilize movement partly because the frame was not strong enough to allow lift too.

Now the redwood had a frame and levelers which were strong enough to allow it to lift the rv and not tweak the frame..
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:04 AM   #3
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Would surmise these are stabilizers. Relatively lightweight scissor jacks.

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Old 02-27-2017, 10:38 AM   #4
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if so, level with blocks under the wheels and just put enough weight on the stabilizers to keep it from bouncing when moving around the inside...

And if parked for a few days on soft ground, it's not unusual to have to tighten them up a bit.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:52 AM   #5
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As John says. Use blocking under the tires to level it side to side then use front jack to level front to back. Put stabilizers down enough to take a bit of the weight
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:23 PM   #6
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main jack will handle all the weight, jacks at corners will help stabilize movement in tt when moving around and to fine tune leveling
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:55 PM   #7
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I have the same rig. Agree with JohnBoyToo and Woodwalker. Our TTs are low to the ground, but if you park in a spot where the tongue jack has to extend quite a bit, put blocks beneath it, so the jack doesn't extend as much. A long, extended jack is sure to wobble.
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