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Old 06-02-2016, 06:41 PM   #15
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If staying one night or alone I will not put the stabilizers down.
When staying more than one night or with another person I will put the stabilizers down.
I will wake up if another person wiggles the trailer by walking or moving. Stabilizers down- no wiggle- now wake up from sound sleeping-


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Old 06-02-2016, 06:49 PM   #16
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Level left to right and then front to back. As a solo traveler I rarely use the stabilizers when out and about. Depends on the weather, winds, etc.
I must say I am baffled about the procedure used by the person that grounds the stabilizers and then attempts to level. Seems counterproductive and potentially damaging to the stabilizers and frame.
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:10 PM   #17
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I have a lithium cordless drill with 3/4" inch socket (fits the AS leveler) that very quickly lowers or raises the levers. http://www.walmart.com/ip/29764655?w...563392&veh=sem
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:06 AM   #18
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It takes more effort to keep up with the drill, batteries, charger, socket, keep the batteries charged, and put the battery in the drill or charge, keep the charger plugged in, and put the socket in the drill than to use the hand crank.
Airstream aren't like big sob's that sit 2' off the ground.
Even when I had a big sob I tried the drill vs. the hand crank and decided the hand crank is better for me.


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Old 06-03-2016, 10:56 AM   #19
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I use X Chocks, like these. They are quite effective and stop a lot of the shaking. Being a trailer on wheels there will always be some discernible shaking. It will never be solid like a building. The stabilizers are just that, they add some degree of firmness too. Don't try to use the stabilizers for leveling, you'll bend and break something.

As stated earlier, first pull the trailer wheels onto leveling blocks to get your side to side level. Second, after unhitching, use the front jack to get the front/rear level.
I agree! I use centre wheel locks similar to 'X-chocks' after leveling side to side, then for and aft.
As he said, there will always be a modicum of wiggle, but not much; and I feel it mostly in the shower.
Get used to it.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:20 AM   #20
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I use the large black rubber chocks.
I kick them in tight against the tires.


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Filling and draining the black/grey tanks will cause some settling of the stab jacks. This due to the weight gain/loss using city water, fresh water tank, not so much as the weight is there already.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:15 PM   #22
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[QUOTE=KariRich;1800620]Everyone,

Hoping for some advice on this one. We park our Airstream, level it front to back, then left to right. Once level, we put down the stabilizer jacks and yet when we walk around in it, it still shakes, and at night when the AC runs, it feels like a train is going by.

Any advice? FYI - we don't put anything around the wheels when parked.

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IceMan was parked near the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico and Off the Grid last month. His 27' had the stabilizer jacks extended. Did you find the irregular surface you were parked affecting the stability of the trailer for not remaining steady?

-On a cement slab... check the stabilizers if problem persists.
-On gravel and leveled with leveling blocks, set stabilizers... check tire pressures if problem persists. Big changes in air pressure would vary tire diameters.
-Ourselves... without stabilizers in use puts this big Baby asleep. Never used them. When not in the trailer, never a problem. When in the trailer, never a problem. Any stabilizer extension should be much better than ours not using them. Maybe you are too sensitive to any motion. Check the wind.
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:16 PM   #23
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IceMan was parked near the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico and Off the Grid last month. His 27' had the stabilizer jacks extended.
Yep, Ray parked next us in a beautiful Meadow at 7600'. And the reason the Stabs were down is RULE ONE: you ALWAYS keep the women in the family happy.

Our Border Collie simply refuses to stay in the trailer if it feels unstable to her. A couple of 2X6 wood blocks (because the meadow was soft) and down went the Stabs. Happy Dog, happy camper. Simple as that.
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I see Ray mentioned the tire pressure....
In our 34' if the tires are soft we have more movement despite wheel locks, BAL jacks and whatever else.
if the tires are hard we sit like a rock. No movement whatsoever.
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Please explain exactly how you accomplish that, without completely destroying the jack and stabilizers.
I drop all 4 stabilizers (just touching the ground), then fine-tune with carpenter's level (close is good enough). I make no attempt to "lift" my rig with stabilizers.

Correction, I misspoke (sorry about that): Tongue jack is the last thing I drop (a little more than touching the ground). It's nothing more than a 5th stabilizer.

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The tongue jack holds the front of the trailer up..it's much more than a stabilizer.
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I drop all 4 stabilizers (just touching the ground), then fine-tune with carpenter's level (close is good enough). I make no attempt to "lift" my rig with stabilizers.



Correction, I misspoke (sorry about that): Tongue jack is the last thing I drop (a little more than touching the ground). It's nothing more than a 5th stabilizer.



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I'm unclear on how you're leveling side to side. Are you still connected to the tow vehicle and pulling up on blocks or something?

I'm not aware of a way to level otherwise. We pull in to a site and before unhitching, we check the level side to side (with a level in the floor in front of the fridge which is about midway through the trailer. If we need to raise one side or another, we do that with the Andersen levelers.

Then, after unhitching, we again check level front to back. This is going to be controlled by the tongue jack - up or down depending on what the level (still on the floor by the fridge) tells us.

Last - once all is level, we drop the stabilizers and chock the wheels (with tools described earlier in this thread).

I'm sorry I'm not following how exactly you're "leveling" by dropping the stabilizers first...
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I drop all 4 stabilizers (just touching the ground), then fine-tune with carpenter's level (close is good enough). I make no attempt to "lift" my rig with stabilizers.

Correction, I misspoke (sorry about that): Tongue jack is the last thing I drop (a little more than touching the ground). It's nothing more than a 5th stabilizer.

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That still doesn't explain how you level front-to-back before leveling side-to-side, unless you are digging holes under the tires, or jacking the trailer up on one side. Leveling front-to-back has to involve disconnecting from the tow vehicle, so the tongue jack can be used for leveling.
The trailer is supported by the tires/axles and the tongue jack. It is stabilized by the stabilizers, no more than a half turn of the handle after they hit the ground.
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