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Old 09-25-2011, 03:53 PM   #1
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Stabilizing '63 Avion

Hey all,
I'm going to stay put for another winter here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula and want to stabilize my '63 Avion H-24 so it doesn't bounce or creak when I'm in the rear. Even with my stabilizer jacks down I'm still feeling a slight bounce when I'm behind the wheels. I've read that this may be a sign of frame failure (I hope not) and don't want to make matters worse by continued unsupported use. As some of you may know, I live full-time in her and don't have the means or the skill set to do a massive repair job.
In order to stop the motion I have placed a jack stand behind each stabilizer jack where the bumper meets the frame.
Is this a bad idea?
This models bumpers and frame are very heavy duty and the jack stands are actually on the frame just behind where the back of the trailer ends.
I have searched the archives on this matter but haven't found a definitive answer to my question.

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Old 09-25-2011, 05:11 PM   #2
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Hi Blake,
From what I learned on my '63 T-20, is that the frames are burly, but will flex.
On my first month in as a brand new travel trailer owner, I knew enough to know I needed to pull the wheels, replace the bearings and brake shoes. But I didnt know enough NOT to try and jack up the trailer by the tounge jack and 2 jacks on the rear bumper. It didnt dammage the frame, but it flexed enough to buckle the aluminum skin at both rear corners.
Leasons Learned: a) Don't do that. b)The frame is tough, but not entirely rigid.
I'd imagine on your trailer, with 2 more feet on either side of that single, itty bitty axle, there might be a little more spring in the rear.
If the jack stands are stopping the wiggle, and you don't see any signs of the skin buckling in the corners, then I'd think your OK.
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