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Old 09-15-2006, 09:30 AM   #1
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'78 Argosy on Unlevel ground

HI all! I finally got one! However, after having it towed to my backyard I realized the ground isn't very level back there. I don't know if there is a "braking" system, and before I get into the interior, I want to make sure it doesn't roll into my neighbors yard. I have it's jack on 3 blocks of wood and wood and a big rock under each tire. I really jimmy-rigged it and want to figure out a better solution... Any advise on a better and safer way to stabilize her? There is NOT a level space in my yard...she is parked in the flattest space right now and even with the jack fully extended, the level bubble is decidedly to the right side...thanks so much, Katy. ps. I haven't named "her" yet...still waiting for her to name herself...
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Old 09-15-2006, 09:48 AM   #2
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Katy ~ Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on your "new" trailer. Level ground is sometimes hard to find. I would level the trailer from side to side first. Raise the low side by pulling it onto pieces of scrap lumber (2x6's) or what ever you can find. You may want to buy a set of leveler blocks such as the Lynx levelers and build these into a ramp to get the needed height. They will also come in handy when you go camping. When you get it level, chock the wheels. I prefer to use the chocks that expand between the tandem wheels when in an unlevel area.


When you have that set level the trailer from front to back with the jack. You can use wood under the jack if needed also. I have a plastic cone that works wll for me.

The trailer does have a brake system which is electric and runs from the truck when towing. It can not be used when parked. The magnets would burn up after a few minutes of operation.
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Old 09-15-2006, 10:41 AM   #3
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Safety note

I'm not sure if I understood your set-up there, but if you have multiple blocks of wood, etc stacked up under the tongu jack, be careful. Until you get a plan on what will work in your yard, I would suggest that you not get the tongue too high, you don't want it falling down in the front. Don't ask me how I know this. Better to not have it level for a short time than damage your new find! Congratulations.
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Old 09-15-2006, 10:46 AM   #4
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Would it be possible to "Level" the yard with loose fill gravel?

Parking your new found joy on an unlevel surface doesn't really hurt much. Storing it for long periods (a year or more) of time may create some issues. The appliances that run on propane do not do well with an unlevel trailer. This mostly applies to the refer. The tires and suspension won't like it much either. Not to say in a year your trailer is going to fall apart, I would just find a way to get the trailer in a level position in the next year or so.

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