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Old 06-03-2017, 10:03 PM   #1
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Stabilizing Jacks Slipping

With our first real camp out in the trailer this weekend, I noticed the stabilizing jacks seem to slip at times.

I shot this video last night. I had already used my drill to extend the jack to the leveling block, but when performing some "fine tuning" with my ratcheting bar, you can see the jack isn't holding. When I released the ratcheting bar, the jack slips.

I cannot believe this is normal functionality.

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Old 06-07-2017, 02:06 PM   #2
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I had a similar issue on my 2017 Altitude 228, especially the rear stabilizer by the trailer door. The dealer couldn't find any problem with it so I searched some forums and found this out. Sometimes on a new trailer there is additional lubrication on the stabilizer jack screw mechanism that causes this issue. I sprayed carb cleaner on the mechanism near the ratchet fitting and so far the issue has been resolved. Also, over time some rust will form on the screw mechanism that will remedy the problem.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:34 PM   #3
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Can't tell much from the dark video, but if you're saying the threaded scissor type stabilizer is unscrewing itself? If so I've NEVER seen/heard of that happening, so sorry no help here.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:16 PM   #4
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I had one do it on my old 2006 kz. they just put another one on.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:47 PM   #5
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Just remember, their stabilizers, not jacks. They shouldn't be used to raise the Rv off the ground.
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:53 AM   #6
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Mine are doing the same thing. 2017 Sunset Trail. I can take the crank off and watch it slowly back the screw off. I haven't had a chance to try it yet but I hope cleaning the grease off the friction points will fix it. There is a lot of grease on them from the factory/dealer.

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Just remember, their stabilizers, not jacks. They shouldn't be used to raise the Rv off the ground.
That is true but they can't stabilize if they are loose. You can see mine back themselves off.

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This happened on my unit when it was new. Crossroads replaced under warranty.
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That is true but they can't stabilize if they are loose. You can see mine back themselves off.

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Help me to understand the leveling piece then.

If the stab jacks are just for stabilizing, the. How does one level the rig? A couple times now, I have had to roll one side of tires up on a leveling block pyramid per se.

Is it all trial and error?


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Trial and error on the leveling blocks or boards, then you get experience. NEVER level the Rv with the rear stabilizers.
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Help me to understand the leveling piece then.

If the stab jacks are just for stabilizing, the. How does one level the rig? A couple times now, I have had to roll one side of tires up on a leveling block pyramid per se.

Is it all trial and error?


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Level side to side first. This can be done by using pieces of 2x6 and 1x6 (for fine tuning) under the tires on the low side. Then level front to back using the tongue jack. When you are level, put the stabilizer jacks down, and snug them up.
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Level side to side first. This can be done by using pieces of 2x6 and 1x6 (for fine tuning) under the tires on the low side. Then level front to back using the tongue jack. When you are level, put the stabilizer jacks down, and snug them up.
I use the Anderson Levelers, much easier than blocks of wood.

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I use the Anderson Levelers, much easier than blocks of wood.

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I use the lynx leveling blocks, but it was easier to explain it the way I did.

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I carry pieces of Trex decking. Cleans easily and won't get water logged. Not a fan of Lynx levelers, but will use them in a pinch.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:21 PM   #15
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Look at Anderson drive on levelers, one per axle. Drive on until side to side is level. Adjust tounge jack to level front to back. Set stabilizers. Magnet levels are nice but any costing $2 or more works. Happy trails

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