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Old 01-04-2015, 05:07 AM   #15
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Yes, apparently putting the jacks down is torquing the frame and the stuff attached to it. When you applying a force that would counter that torque, a squeaking / moaning / thunk / thud sound is made. Question is, how does one stabilize the rig evenly? Someone on this thread suggested jack to the ground then half a turn. I'm currently more like four turns but I don't think evenly. Hence the problems though at the moment they are pretty minimal. I'm going to put a torque meter on it and come up with a hard number that minimizes the squeak. (I originally thought these jacks were used to lift the weight off the wheels entirely. The dealer quickly corrected me on that and said just a couple turns.)
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:58 PM   #16
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Yes, apparently putting the jacks down is torquing the frame and the stuff attached to it. When you applying a force that would counter that torque, a squeaking / moaning / thunk / thud sound is made. Question is, how does one stabilize the rig evenly? Someone on this thread suggested jack to the ground then half a turn. I'm currently more like four turns but I don't think evenly. Hence the problems though at the moment they are pretty minimal. I'm going to put a torque meter on it and come up with a hard number that minimizes the squeak. (I originally thought these jacks were used to lift the weight off the wheels entirely. The dealer quickly corrected me on that and said just a couple turns.)
Hi, the first thing you need to do is to understand that these are not JACKS; They are STABILIZERS. I start in the back because the tongue jack holds the front of the trailer and levels it. Level the trailer, lower rear stabilizers, then lower front stabilizers. On a hard surface like concrete or asphalt, I go 1/2 turn after it hits the ground. In dirt, or on grass, I might go one full turn.
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:32 PM   #17
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As Bob says, there are no leveling jacks on an Airstream, only stabilizers. To level the trailer side-to-side, you must use either lumber or Legos or other plastic leveling device. Front-to back leveling is done with the tongue jack.

Once you have the trailer level, put the stabilizers down to keep the trailer from rocking on the suspension. I operate my stabilizers with with a cordless drill. The drill is set a a satisfactory torque setting which allows me to lower each stabilizer with the same amount of force.

If stabilizers are set down with too much force, the frame of the trailer will be torqued or twisted slightly causing all sorts of strange misalignments with the trailer.

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Old 01-21-2015, 06:27 AM   #18
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I guess what I was always thinking is that the jacks (which are what those units ARE regardless of what they are referred to and their intended use) were there to level the AS on unlevel ground. Basically what an outrigger does. They even have the same articulating foot / pad on the bottom. I'll let Airstream know they should make they electric and self leveling .
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Could I trouble you to send me a photo of the two recliners you placed in your unit. I have been searching the forums for an hour in an attempt to find them again, but no success. If you'd like you may e-mail them to dpallab@charter.net
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The '15 Classic does come standard with electric stabilizers. Since I haven't used them much don't have experience on how much torque is dialed in....but on my '12 28' Intl I had to be careful not to crank them down with a lot of force (using the electric drill I'd go about 50% of the available torque). Any more than that and I could just about predict that I'd have door closing issues. Will be interesting to see how much torque is dialed in with the Classic for soft, semi-soft, etc. surfaces.
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