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Old 06-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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Built in leveler suggestions?

Am just about finished installing a new belly pan on my recently refurbed frame. I was considering installing some form of built in leveling jacks but wanted to avoid anything too obtrusive, or that would reduce clearance. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Most scissor jacks squish down to about 4 inches... extend to 24 inches... if you haven't beefed up your frame though, it isn't recommended to use the jacks to actually carry the weight of the trailer. You can take some of the sag out of the suspension and maybe get an inch or two of levelling, but any more than that and you risk damaging the frame.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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Guess I should be more specific: I want to install built in stabilizers, some thing to take the place of the classic aluminum screw-jacks. Seems that I have heard of some sort of built in stabilizers on newer trailers, but can't find any info.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #4
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You mean something like this.

Economy Rear Electric Stabilizer - Ultra-fab Products 39-941602 - Stabilizing Jacks - Camping World
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:15 PM   #5
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Bal jacks in the airstream specific model work well for stability
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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Here's a link to the BAL brand mentioned above. We have them on our trailer - original factory equipment. When they're retracted you hardly notice them.

BAL - Innovative Products for the RV Industry

We have the BAL base pads on ours and that helps with soft ground. If the surface is unusually soft we also use a large, stuctural plastic base to provide more area similar to the item shown here:

http://mobilehomepartsstore.com/Merc...ct_Code=503250
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I have 4 of the BAL ones on my 22'... but I don't know if that is what you mean by built-in. They just bolt to the bottom of the frame. I have the round foot-pad add-ons which add a tiny bit to the depth.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:57 PM   #8
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Yes, this is the kind of thing I had in mind. Are they typically installed over the belly pan, or just short of the rear bumper?
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #9
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My back stabilizers are mounted to the rear-most cross-brace, which on mine is very close to the rear bumper. This area isn't covered on mine.

The front ones are about 3 feet from the front, I'm guessing on another cross-member, but the belly-pan does cover this area on mine. They have spacers to make sure they don't crush the propane lines.
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