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Old 02-17-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
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Fastway Flip-Anyone use?

Has anyone used one of these?
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:06 AM   #2
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Looks interesting. I also like their break away cable
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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very cool...I recently read (owner's manual?) where Wally himself recommended a metal jack foot (instead of the ubiquitous 4x4's) to improve electrical grounding....sounds reasonable to a non-electrician like me...
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Hi, I was reading about these and I would have two concerns:

(1.) Are Airstreams too low to the ground for these to work?

(2.) Article stated that you need to chock your wheels before disconnecting from tow vehicle; If trailer moves forward, stand can flip up.
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It would be a real shame to watch my house rolling into a pond or who knows where, or even just to fall off the front jack. This happens to Airstreams now, using the supplied front foot. We heard then saw one go a couple of months ago. Pretty embarrassing for them, a jarring experience for the trailer.

You do need to chock wheels before unhitching from the tow vehicle. First we check access to utilities, then chock, then d/c the hitch (learned this sequence the hard way -- all chocked and unhitched then couldn't reach utilities -- okay, start over).

Time to go, we connect the hitch, then unchock. The trailer is always secured by the tow vehicle or the wheel chocks.

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Old 02-19-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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I ordered one and it is sitting in the garage until I pull the trailer out of storage this spring. It When in the down position, it is only 6" from the end of the tube to the bottom of the plate that will rest on the ground. I would think that should not be too restrictive in positioning it when setting up.

It looks interesting enough to try it out.

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Old 02-19-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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No thanks. Much prefer one of the nice cast aluminum jack stands that can be purchased from Harold Hull. Much classier looking with the Airstream.

But for those who like this height shouldn't be a problem. If you look at their website you can lower the jack leave the flip thing up as long as you put a block of wood under it. As for unhooking before you chock your wheels - why would you even think of doing that?
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Seems like it should just snap into place when it's down, like with a little nub or something that you can just push in to flip it up. I'd say a foot that folds up on it's own is a pretty serious hazard, when it should be easy to make a solution for it. Otherwise I like it. I have to throw the foot into the truck when we're traveling, anything that remains in place on the trailer would be a plus to me.
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Interesting...YouTube - Fastway Flip jack foot demo
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(2.) Article stated that you need to chock your wheels before disconnecting from tow vehicle; If trailer moves forward, stand can flip up.
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It would be a real shame to watch my house rolling into a pond or who knows where, or even just to fall off the front jack. This happens to Airstreams now, using the supplied front foot. We heard then saw one go a couple of months ago. Pretty embarrassing for them, a jarring experience for the trailer.

You do need to chock wheels before unhitching from the tow vehicle. First we check access to utilities, then chock, then d/c the hitch (learned this sequence the hard way -- all chocked and unhitched then couldn't reach utilities -- okay, start over).

Time to go, we connect the hitch, then unchock. The trailer is always secured by the tow vehicle or the wheel chocks.

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As for unhooking before you chock your wheels - why would you even think of doing that?
Hi, I usually don't install my tire chocks until last for two reasons:

(1.) I bought my in-between the wheel chocks to help steady my trailer while camping.

(2.) I vertually always camp on dry, level ground, or very close to it. So sliding isn't a problem. But thinking back, one time before I had any chocks, I did camp on a slight down hill slope. And in reality I could have lost it. I left the safety chains on until last, just in case. You are right though, If on any other slope I will definately chock first.
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Watching the video, I'm wondering how does the fastway product help you get your WD bars in place any more than any other jack foot would?
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One problem I saw with the product, when placing the trailer on an unlevel camp site, you would not be able to lower the jack enough if the situation warranted it. I agree that I'll stick with my cast aluminum Airstream jack stand.
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