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Old 11-01-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Stabilizer jacks down while I hitched up

So today I raised up the hitch to hitch up and them realized the stabilizers were still down! I lowered it again right away but now the stabilizer rod that I turn to raise and lower the bars is closer to the bottom of the airstream than it was previously. This is the same on both the rear ones. It is not touching and turns fine but did I bend something such as the frame by doing this? I feel like an fool that I forgot to raise them!

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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You aren't the first and won't be the last.
I would check the mounting bolts to make sure they are secure.
Chances are you twisted the outboard portion up and above the inside mounting point. As long as you have not wrinkled the shell. I would not be too concerned.
Think of it this way. You don't have to bend over as far now to crank them down.
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You aren't the first and won't be the last. I would check the mounting bolts to make sure they are secure. Chances are you twisted the outboard portion up and above the inside mounting point. As long as you have not wrinkled the shell. I would not be too concerned. Think of it this way. You don't have to bend over as far now to crank them down.
Thank you so much.

I am taking it to the dealer for a few warranty items in a few days. If I mention this do you think they can rotate them back or should I just let it go and move on?

The outer shell seems fine though.
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Just be careful they don't charge you for something you don't need.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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I did the same thing. Crawled under there, took them off. Went back into my shop, put them in a vise, and bent them back into perfect shape. Lubricated them, and reinstalled. Not hard. Made me feel better.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:10 AM   #6
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I replaced a stabilizer the PO left down and bent so badly it no longer touched ground when lowered. Cost $85 + shipping. So $85 X 2 = $170 lesson learned.
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Do what Silver Otter did - or go on the internet and buy new for less money than the dealer would charge. On a 1 to 10 scale of difficulty changing them is probably less than a 1.

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The one thing I would check is the fit of the door, both alignment and gap all around. I may or may not have done the same thing and it seemed that the gap at the bottom of the door (on the edge where it meets the trailer body away from the hinge) was larger than the gap at the top. It's possible for a dealer to re-torque the door but I had mine done when in was at the Mothership for maintenance.

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