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Old 10-03-2012, 07:28 PM   #15
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We use the old aluminum stabilizers shown in the Camco ad. I'm happy just to take out the bounce of the suspension and tires.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:33 PM   #16
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One reason that you may feel the movement of the trailer, even with the stabilizers down is because of the lightweight frame
Also, the floor support spacing is much wider than in normal house construction, so no matter what you do to support the frame, you will always get floor flex.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:42 PM   #17
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Gringo,
I have the same issue that you do. I think what I feel is the trailer rocking on it's wheels in a back and forth motion, more than a bounce. I can crank my stabilizers almost to the ground and easily move them front and back an inch or so by hand. I crank at setup onto wood block and re-tighten like stated above and still get the movement. I have been told a wheel lock between both wheels will help stop the rocking. I have not tried it myself. What I'm talking about is something like what is shown in the attached web links, but there are other brands.
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ng-chock/43891
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Ultra-Fab Chock and Lock Wheel Stabilizer for Tandem-Axle Trailers and RVs - Up to 10" Wide Ultra-Fab Products Wheel Chocks UF21-001080
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:09 PM   #18
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I cut some plywood rectangles that I carry with me. If my stabilizers are on grass / gravel / dirt I always put one under the pad. If I am jacking the trailer from the frame lift points I always use one between the jack and body. Should offer extra protection should there be some slippage and help prevent the jack from penetrating the belly pan. Anyhow, it makes me feel a little better.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:24 PM   #19
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I cut some plywood rectangles that I carry with me. If my stabilizers are on grass / gravel / dirt I always put one under the pad.
Or you can buy big screw-on "mushroom" feet for the legs. They aren't too cheap, but sooo convenient. I asked for them for my birthday, but nobody was listening.
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Gringo,
I have the same issue that you do. I think what I feel is the trailer rocking on it's wheels in a back and forth motion, more than a bounce. I can crank my stabilizers almost to the ground and easily move them front and back an inch or so by hand. I crank at setup onto wood block and re-tighten like stated above and still get the movement. I have been told a wheel lock between both wheels will help stop the rocking. I have not tried it myself. What I'm talking about is something like what is shown in the attached web links, but there are other brands.
X-Chock Tire Locking Chock - BAL 28010 - Chocks & Levelers - Camping World
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Ultra-Fab Chock and Lock Wheel Stabilizer for Tandem-Axle Trailers and RVs - Up to 10" Wide Ultra-Fab Products Wheel Chocks UF21-001080
I bought two X-Chocks and used them for the first time a couple weeks ago. I definitely could feel the difference from using the stabilizers alone. The trailer felt basically rock solid.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:21 PM   #21
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Mine have the mushroom feet on them. I still use the plywood. Just want to keep them out of the dirt.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:56 PM   #22
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Mine have the mushroom feet on them. I still use the plywood. Just want to keep them out of the dirt.
My stabilizers have the round feet on them. I put orange plastic pads under them, because it looks cool. That and the fact I tend to forget to pick up stuff when we leave.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:59 PM   #23
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Metal sand shoes as ground

On of the advantages of using the metal sand shoes is that they ground the trailer. Putting wood planks or plastic under them defeats the function. If you get reverse polarity from the campsite, the trailer skin will become electrically hot and gets you when you reach for the door handle when you are standing on damp grass. Parkers at International will check that your trailer is properly grounded.
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On of the advantages of using the metal sand shoes is that they ground the trailer. Putting wood planks or plastic under them defeats the function. If you get reverse polarity from the campsite, the trailer skin will become electrically hot and gets you when you reach for the door handle when you are standing on damp grass. Parkers at International will check that your trailer is properly grounded.
I appreciate that, however my surge protector will not allow reverse polarity to reach the trailer. If it did, my cast aluminum tongue jack stand grounds the trailer.

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