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Old 09-07-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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There's a whole lot of shakin' going on....

My husband is quite a big guy, and whenever he is moving about the AS ie cooking or walking from the front to the bathroom, the whole trailer shakes. We have a 30' SO and the stabilizer jacks are down. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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Try using wheel chocks that tighten between the wheels. That helped my problem
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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Ask him to tiptoe lightly. Just kidding.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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Our 34' shakes when our granddaughters walk. They are small. I am 260#. It moves when I move. My wife's 16# dog makes it shake too. .. Just a bit.

SOBs are same.

So, I tried something. I lifted AS and put jack stands on frame just ahead of front and behind rear axles. Much more stable... Too much hassle.
But, almost zero movement.

With stabilizers on square plastic pads, there is some movement as the pad slides on the plastic. Wood has less tendency to slide. So, the plastic on ground with square of plywood on top gives good pad traction.

No matter what I try, it isn't as stable as a concrete slab. I can live with that. My wife is very sensitive to movements of the AS, but quickly adapted.

Using the "x" clamp between tires will minimize front to rear but not side-side or vertical motion.

Bottom line, most stable was lifting onto jack stands, but few will use because of the hassle. This is also how to store AS for long periods of time. (IMHO).
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #5
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Just the other day someone told me that using those jack-like wheel chocks between the wheels makes it noticeably more stabile. I wouldn't really know, I only have one axel.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #6
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We use the x-chocks and notice the difference, Amazon.com: BAL 28012 X-Chock Tire Locking Chock: Automotive.
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Yup, those are the things.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #8
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Best chocks on the market, these. I've got the Hensley branded version at a sale, otherwise identical.

I've never really noticed much movement in our 34', even without the stabilizers down. And I am a tall guy, at 6'7".

Maybe we're not that sensitive to it.
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My husband is quite a big guy, and whenever he is moving about the AS ie cooking or walking from the front to the bathroom, the whole trailer shakes. We have a 30' SO and the stabilizer jacks are down. Any suggestions?
Not a lot you CAN do, really. When you think about it, you've got a jack on the tongue. You've got stabilizer jacks at the rear. But in the middle, you've got springs. The trailer will flex in the middle even if the ends are rock solid.

X-chocks will help, somewhat, by taking out any movement of the tires. But you won't be able to completely damp out the flexing action.
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Just the other day someone told me that using those jack-like wheel chocks between the wheels makes it noticeably more stabile. I wouldn't really know, I only have one axel.
Hey... Chock front and rear on both sides. Wrap a ratchet tie down around then to keep pressure then see if that helps on single.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:52 PM   #11
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We use the x-chocks and notice the difference, Amazon.com: BAL 28012 X-Chock Tire Locking Chock: Automotive.
Yep. Those chocks do a good job of stopping movement.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #12
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Yep. Those chocks do a good job of stopping movement.
I ordered two yesterday. I had one and it worked great, until I drove off and left it at the KOA in Bozeman.

Should take me twice as long to lose two.
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Yes, the X-Chocks help a lot.

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