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Old 06-19-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
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camp set up - leveling help needed - 31footer

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We are gonna use our Airstream for camping at the beach..probably just 3 or 4 days at a time...can someone explain the way they set up at a campsite...do you use jacks? wood blocks? THANKS
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:10 PM   #2
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My 31 footer has jacks. It's a 71 model. Considering that you will be camping in the "sand" you may want to use something more concrete, like wooden or concrete blocks!
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:30 PM   #3
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the campsite is not in the sand...its hard dirt...are you saying your trailer had jacks already attached to it? we dont have that Thanks
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Yes, my camper has the jacks attached to the bottom. You can purchase jacks at a camping store or possibly a Wal-Mart. I highly recommend them as it helps to keep the trailer stable when folks walk in and you are trying to sleep in the early mornings!

Wish I could come out there and show how to set it up!
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Camping AT the beach or ON the beach? With my vast experience of camping at the beach (once), we had nice level crushed seashell-lined campsites, and I just put a 5 x 5 board under the main jack. I don't bother to put the stablilizer (BAL) jacks down if I'm only going to be in one place for a day or two, but I carry wood boards for them, too, just in case I want to.

Note that the stabilizers are NOT for leveling the trailer. I also carry boards for that, but Camping World has some nifty yellow linkable, stackable plastic doohickies that break apart and stack neatly in a compartment that I intend to pick up next time I'm near one. (That's going high-class for me.)

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Old 06-19-2006, 04:02 PM   #6
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the campsite is not in the sand...its hard dirt...are you saying your trailer had jacks already attached to it? we dont have that Thanks
If you don't have the stabilizer jacks attached you can use the aforementioned walmart ones, however make sure you get them on the frame or you will punch holes in the belly pan. You can buy the permanet mount ones. FWIW I seldom use mine unless I am going to be in one place and my wife is along. You can put a scrap of plywood or a 2x under them for additional support if you need to. If you are talking about leveling side to side, I use Lynx Levelers they are available at wally world and most RV stores. You can also use them under the stabilizers when you get them.

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Old 06-19-2006, 04:24 PM   #7
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If you do not have the BAL stabilizers permanently installed on your trailer you can put stabilizer jacks under the rear bumper close to where it mounts to the frame. I sometime put one close to the stairs where the frame meets the outrigger. I like having one of those shoe brush things close to the stairs so the kids do not track the sand into the trailer. My 77 has stablizers and I have the sand pads installed on them for soft surface camping.
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I think I must be the last guy in the world useing screw jacks to stabilize my trailer. But at the moment it is good economy and gets the job done, although it can be hard to get them in place at times
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Also as far as being level, if you are comfortable in the trailer that is usually level enough. Some folks spend time levelling when it is not needed.
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Note that the stabilizers are NOT for leveling the trailer. I also carry boards for that, but Camping World has some nifty yellow linkable, stackable plastic doohickies that break apart and stack neatly in a compartment that I intend to pick up next time I'm near one. (That's going high-class for me.)

what are the advantages of the plastic doohickies vs. boards? weight and space i imagine? are they easy to keep clean? i'm using boards right now.

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Saw some orange plastic doohickies (that must be the technical term)

Should have gone over and asked the folks where they got them. Haven't seen the yellow ones in person but the orange ones look like they were a little sturdier. Where else, besides camping world might these doohickies be found? Walmart maybe? Online?

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Thanks for all the info guys...I guess what i'm talkin about is how to make the trailer level...my husband and i thought that you needed jacks for that.??...But i guess i should look for the doohickies? so you just put them under the tires?
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Saw some orange plastic doohickies (that must be the technical term)

Should have gone over and asked the folks where they got them. Haven't seen the yellow ones in person but the orange ones look like they were a little sturdier. Where else, besides camping world might these doohickies be found? Walmart maybe? Online?

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Some Walmarts carry them. The orange ones are called Lynx Levelers What is really cool about them, is if you use one of the graduated levels the number of inches off level pretty well corresponds to the number of leveling blocks needed under the low side wheel(s) I have used these for years with my popup and love them. I also reccomend the lynx chocks too.

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I have 2 sets of the Lynx. With the dual axel I like to have both wheels on the pads. Since I boondock alot, I never find level ground. I got one set from the PO and the other at Wally World.
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