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Old 03-01-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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My jacks on the '76 28 footer- it has 4- seem to have not been used for some time. I got a crank at a local dealer which has worked to lower two of them, the rear two. The crank handle is aluminum and I have bent it but that's not the main issue. I got it pretty well straight.
I've coated the hinges on the jacks with wd40 and managed to get the rears to come down although one is pretty tight still. The front jacks, I am having the dickens getting the square end of the crank to seat on the square studs of the actual jack. I have blown both tubes out with high pressure warer to clear any wasp nests or other critter habitat, but still can't seat the crank end on the studs.

These are a simple all-thread type jack in a sort of double a-frame. I am guessing they are original.
The trailer is not sitting quite level and I am considering using a heavy duty floor jack to take it up and set it on 4x4 oak dunnage just to get it up where I can maybe get the jacks off and rework them. I can set the wheels right down on solid oak blocks more or less, but several inches to a foot higher so I can get under there.

Experience on these jacks anybody?
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:50 PM   #2
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I think those stabilizers can be bought and installed without much expense or trouble.
Try silicone spray on them. It hangs around slightly longer than WD-40.
My crank is coming apart where the socket is riveted to the handle. It is good to know that a new crank is readily available.
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:08 PM   #3
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Just a reminder those are stabilizer jacks, not for lifting. Just need to be snugged down. Leveling side-to-side is done with boards under the tires, and fore/aft with the tongue jack.
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:23 PM   #4
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First I'll reiterate what dkottum says, they're NOT for lifting the trailer at all, the frame isn't designed for that and the stabilizers aren't either.

They're readily available BAL stabilizers, or should be. There's a special part number for Airstreams, with a longer shaft so it's easier to get to the end of the shaft with a socket to raise or lower the stabilizers. I bought a set of 4 from Out Of Doors Mart for my '75 24' and mounted them myself. I have a lot of work to do with the 28' before I'm worried about stabilizers, so I haven't even tried them yet.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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That is the reason I called them "stabilizers".
All they should do is "stabilize" the trailer- keep it from wiggling when you walk-
They should only be cranked down snug- no more-
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Yes, I set the tension on my battery operated drill so it makes that ratatat sound at either end of the extension or retraction to help ensure I don't over do it. Stabilizing, not lifting. Of course, after a false start on our first camp out I now also remember to put a capped Lynx Leveler block under each stabilizer as it comes to earth so it doesn't squish into the mud or sit under water after a downpour.
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I only use the Lynx levelers on sand, dirt, or gravel. If I am on concrete or asphalt I put the stabilizers on the pavement. I tried the battery drill thing, and I still have that option, but honestly, to me, it is easier to use the hand crank than to keep the drill battery charged...
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Hmmmm... maybe it's time for a new battery for your drill(or maybe grease the screws). One charge and mine is good for the season.
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To me it is just easier to use the hand crank.
It really isn't that difficult or time consuming.
It is easier to keep the hand crank in the rear bumper storage than to have a drill, battery, and charger somewhere.
I tried it. It just isn't for me. Too much sugar for a dime.
I really prefer the hand crank.
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Patk,

Clean the threads on your stabilize (not a leveler, as you now know) with a dry long-handled wire brush. Be sure to wear safety glasses.

Scrub the entire length of one, return to the crank and turn it 180 degrees, then clean the other side of the screw.

Spray them liberally with silicone spray and give them a few cranks, they will work like new. Silicon will not attract dirt, as grease will.

Two or three times a season, repeat the spray, hopefully, you won't have to clean them ever again. Once or twice a season after that should keep them in great shape.
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Too much sugar for a dime.
I really prefer the hand crank.
Yea I hear ya, but try drilling a hole, or screwing in a few doz screws in case of an emergency, and other uses, with a hand crank... One of Wally's first "rules" of efficiency, multiple uses of one tool saves space...
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So, you don't have your crank in your trailer?
What if the drill quits or the battery goes dead or you lose the socket?
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Ok, I get it! Guess once this latest round of ice and crap goes through and melts off I'll be repositioning the Argosy where it's closer to level.
I also see a definite need for a heavy duty floor jack as well.
If I can take those stabilizers off and vat them clean I'm going to do that for starters, then silicone a bit later.
So are they mounted with a few bolts each? wonder what size?
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What if the drill quits or the battery goes dead or you lose the socket?
I carry a complete set of tools that are all multi use, sockets, box ends etc. so a hand crank is just redundant, and taking up space..
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