Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-07-2017, 08:52 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member

 
2005 22' International CCD
Buckhorn , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 16
Hydraulic levelers...

Hi there....

I know I only have a little trailer 22' CCD International - but I am getting tired of bending over to use the stabilizers and all the hassle some times to get my baby level. My stabilizer arms are really low and temperamental even with a manual crank - I know I could get the arms extended and use a cordless drill - I think I would run into issues with these old ones cross threading if I don't stop the drill in time on the up mode - but I don't want to bend over!!! I want luxury in my golden years.

Is there anyone out there that has retrofitted their AS with Hydraulic levellers?

Would the frame be strong enough - or would it also need some extra welded plates for full weight bearing. My baby is only 4300 pounds at best.

Can anyone steer me regarding product names and ball park pricing - starting from scratch and have no idea???

Thanks for any info or suggestions...
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0315.jpg
Views:	162
Size:	311.9 KB
ID:	300552
__________________

__________________
05ModPod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2017, 10:01 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Bigventure's Avatar
 
2016 30' Classic
Currently Looking...
Hinckley , Ohio
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 579
Images: 4
You maybe able to retro fit motor on the cranks. I remember seeing them sold as add ons.
__________________

__________________
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I chose America
Bigventure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2017, 10:02 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
wulfraat's Avatar

 
2017 30' International
Broomfield , Colorado
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 822
Images: 1
Hydraulic levelers...

The Airstream Frame and structure in general was not designed for levelers. You will deform it beyond repair if you try to level at the corners (my opinion - you could certainly try it and report back on what happens .

Once your trailer is level (use the jack for front-to-back and wheel blocks or what have you for left to right) you can then deploy stabilizers to take the bounce out.

There are electric stabilizers on the market and airstream fit them to the 2014-2017 land yacht.
__________________
wulfraat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2017, 11:57 PM   #4
PKI
Rivet Master
 
PKI's Avatar
 
2015 23' FB Flying Cloud
Walnut Creek , California
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,023
Call CanAm. I thought I saw one of their advertisements that featured electric stabilizers. Pat
__________________
PKI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2017, 01:21 AM   #5
1 Rivet Member

 
2005 22' International CCD
Buckhorn , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 16
Thanks for the responses!

So do you think this see e- trailer link below... might work for the side to side levelling part? If of course I can manage the clearances on the frame. I would mount it on the strongest part of the frame between the two wheels. Would only need a few inches of lift. Rated for 6000 pounds. I would then use the tongu jack for front to back levelling.

I would then only need to drop the two stabilizers at the back which are easy to reach at the bumper.

Same concept as when I jacked her up this summer to service all the brakes and take my wheels in for new tires. Yep still a Silver Sister doing most of my own maintenance.... hence the aches and pains- this stuff is killing me
Click image for larger version

Name:	C07A215E-D020-484A-B606-98D3F48FCE55.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	273.8 KB
ID:	300555

Click image for larger version

Name:	75E20E14-E2F0-4A88-A684-658763652AF7.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	313.7 KB
ID:	300556

https://www.etrailer.com/Camper-Jack...39-941707.html
__________________
05ModPod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2017, 05:28 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Currently Looking...
Nowhere , Somewhere
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,417
Blog Entries: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by PKI View Post
Call CanAm. I thought I saw one of their advertisements that featured electric stabilizers. Pat
Stabilizers are dif than levelors.
__________________
avionstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2017, 05:40 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Long Island , New York
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 6,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by wulfraat View Post
The Airstream Frame and structure in general was not designed for levelers. You will deform it beyond repair if you try to level at the corners . . .
. . .
Same understanding here FWIW.

05ModPod -- Ditto on the difficulties bending over and so forth.

You might re-consider using a cordless drill with the correct socket plus an 6" to 12" extension (depending on your configuration) to operate the stabilizers. You can adjust the clutch setting to avoid over-tightening, which is one of your concerns. When properly lubricated, the operation is effortless, in part because these new lithium tools are very light and powerful. You still have to bend over to place pads on the ground for the stabilizers, and to pick up the dog . . .

The Lithium Battery Tools thread has some ideas on the general options for this incredibly efficient type of cordless tool:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ls-170188.html

As you can see in Posts #35-40 in that thread, we got a Milwaukee 12-volt drill set, and have been very happy with it. They make a charger which works off 12 volts also, and a full line of batteries, tools, radios, flashlights and so forth.

Good luck!

Peter

PS -- Great photo on the December Contest thread! BTW have you checked the DOT manufacture date on your tires? Sitting for 7 years, per your other post, may suggest the need for new tires IMO.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...jsp?techid=172

FWIW


Quote:
Originally Posted by 05ModPod View Post
. . .
Thanks for any info or suggestions...
. . .
__________________
OTRA15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2017, 06:08 AM   #8
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by 05ModPod View Post
Hi there....

I know I only have a little trailer 22' CCD International - but I am getting tired of bending over to use the stabilizers and all the hassle some times to get my baby level. My stabilizer arms are really low and temperamental even with a manual crank - I know I could get the arms extended and use a cordless drill - I think I would run into issues with these old ones cross threading if I don't stop the drill in time on the up mode - but I don't want to bend over!!! I want luxury in my golden years.

Is there anyone out there that has retrofitted their AS with Hydraulic levellers?

Would the frame be strong enough - or would it also need some extra welded plates for full weight bearing. My baby is only 4300 pounds at best.

Can anyone steer me regarding product names and ball park pricing - starting from scratch and have no idea???

Thanks for any info or suggestions...
Attachment 300552
That trailer already has a very weak frame, prone to cracking, bending, and breaking. Trying to use a hydraulic leveling system on it would completely destroy it, unless you completely replace the frame with one strong enough to tolerate the abuse.

Also, those "jacks" are never to be used to level the trailer, they are there for stabilizing only.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2017, 10:07 AM   #9
1 Rivet Member

 
2005 22' International CCD
Buckhorn , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 16
Okay lets clear this up...

The stabilizers on my trailer (you know the little space pads that drop down on a cork screw system) - of course are not there to lift the weight of the trailer - it just stops the bounce from the tires (new as mentioned in the post for the reason me jacking up the trailer to do all tires at once.)

I totally agree the frame on my trailer is "crap"! But she has been welded up with stiffness all over the place.

When I jacked the trailer up to do the tires/brakes putting the four jacks on the axle plates where you are supposed to jack her up - I thought that I could weld the electric leveller system to take the weight and level in the middle. My tongue jack pretty much kept the trailer level and sturdy At the time I had put the back stabilizers down just in case I went to the back of the trailer and tip it - but it never did tip back on the five points.

I don't think the frame would twist at all - if the levellers are placed in the strongest part of the frame opposed to where the stabilizers are - yes that would cause twisting. But I'm not wanting to replace the stabilizers - I want to add levellers.
__________________

__________________
05ModPod is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
62 Overlander with Hydraulic Levelers 62olander Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 0 05-21-2017 03:47 PM
Hydraulic Levelers info Keyair General Motorhome Topics 10 05-15-2010 02:25 PM
Hydraulic Levelers frankandsue Land Yacht/Legacy Motorhomes 1 10-14-2009 09:08 AM
Hydraulic Levelers Reservoir noiva Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 4 11-03-2005 08:34 AM
Airbags and self-levelers fangthorpe Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 7 08-12-2003 11:16 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.