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Old 08-12-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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Jack Stand too High

We have a 19ft Bambi that is setup with an Equalizer hitch. I recently changed tow vehicles and adjusted the hitch and bars according to Equalizer instructions so the trailer is level and there is a bit more weight on the back wheels of the tow vehicle vs the front. All looks good and works well.

I am having the same problem as we used to with my previous vehicle, and that is we are forever digging 'gopher holes' whenever we park the trailer because the aluminium jack stand seems to be too high to get under the jack post. I have to either dig holes or use a 2 by 4 to leverage up the tongue when the torsion bars are removed. What is the standard stand that is supposed to come with the trailer? Not sure if it was provided by Airstream when we purchased the trailer, or the dealer just tossed in whatever stand they had without considering height.

I don't have access to the trailer right now, but here is a photo of the jack stand. It look fine here on our sloped driveway, but normally the jack post sits right on top of the stand to get the trailer level, and usually that means I have to dig holes whenever we are camping.



My typical gopher hole...



Is there another one that most A/S owners use? I need something shorter than this one so I don't have to bring the backhoe along

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Old 08-12-2013, 02:05 PM   #2
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rong power jack

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Old 08-12-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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rong power jack

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Huh?
....sorry.

Or possibly the pedestal is too long.

Can't be much else.

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Old 08-12-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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Guess what I am looking to know is

a) is the jack foot I have the standard foot that comes with current Airstreams? Who makes this one?

b) what is the jack foot height of the one I have? I have not been able to find this one after searching on Google.

c) is the jack post a standard size on Airstreams? What size is it? (again I don't have access to the trailer right now.

d) what are the best options for a shorter foot that still has the sleeve for stability? Can I get this same foot in a shorter size?

My storage guy razed me about having my weight distribution set wrong since I was digging holes at the storage place. Makes sense to me that its simply my foot is too high!
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Do you know the mfg of the jack?

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:05 PM   #7
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Turns out it is an H&H (Barker) Super Power Jack 2500 model #12250. Kate just found the Airstream documents that came with our trailer, and then called Airstream. They say the jack foot is supplied by Airstream. There is only one model of the foot they offer. The H&H jack normally has a built in foot which obviously wouldn't cause the problem we are having. No clue why Airstream modified it.

Puzzling that Airstream made it so high. I would think there would be a ton of Airstream owners (at least Bambi owners) out there purchasing shovels to go with their Airstream!

Anyways no solution found yet, shovel is still packed!

Not sure what we would do if we ever camped on black top!
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:15 PM   #8
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Cut a few inches off the end of the jack post.

A hacksaw and a little elbow grease would do the trick.


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Old 08-12-2013, 03:16 PM   #9
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Can you lose the jack foot? I always just use a board. It looks like that's adding several inches to your height, but otherwise the setup looks normal to me.

In the second picture, it looks crimped... are they supposed to be that way? I thought the jack post went almost all the way down in them (I don't have one, so I don't know for sure).
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Maybe something here will help:

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You really don't need the sleeve on the jack stand. All it really needs is a lip to keep it from sliding. You can pick up one of these at the Airstream store online. https://store.airstream.com/product_...roducts_id=119

I use one of these Hitch Helper that allow you to move the trailer hitch side to side with a wrench. This way you don't have to have the hitch ball an the TV lined up perfectly with the trailer. You can just wrench the trailer over to the ball, as long as it's lined up front to back.
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Cutting off the factory crimp would let the pedestal go clear down in the stand but after some rust accumulates it may be difficult to separate the pieces. Your stand appears the same length as the ones I have. The site Minno gave you has some stands that should solve the problem.
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Jack Stand

We don't use an attached jack foot on our 19' ... we use a separate jack stand. You can get plastic jack stands from Camping World, etc, but we have a 7" cast aluminum jack stand that we bought from a family that makes them in Indiana. Ours is 7" but they also make a 4". The 7" works for most our situations, but when the slope of the campsite is such that we can't get the 7" jack stand under the jack post, we use a piece of wood instead. PM me if you want the info to order a cast aluminum jack stand.
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