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Old 12-03-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Leveling Jack End Bolt Stripped

Well I finally have moved into my 1975 Airstream and it appears that one of my leveling jacks has a stripped driver nut on the end that is used to activate the jack up or down.

I've scoured the archives and have not seen any threads on this specific topic. Are there any replacement parts that I can get to replace just the activator rod with the rounded over driver nut? I haven't seen any at Inland RV or ODM.

Any help would be most appreciated.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I had the same issue, one item of note: when the nut falls off, the entire arm is free to swing down on its own. Make sure you tie it all up if you are moving the trailer.

Anyway - I pulled out the threaded rod and used a coarse threaded die to re cut threads. If I recall, the original nut was fine threads and a course thread still has some meat to cut. I also cross drilled and inserted a cotter key to keep the new nut from backing off.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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I have a leveling jack that the frame was bent. I may be able to remove just the shaft bolt, if you dont find another source. I will mail it to you.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:37 PM   #4
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A new bal jack is pretty cheap. I would just weld the nut back on or weld a new one on.

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:12 PM   #5
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Actually its not the threaded part that is the problem. Its the end bolt that I use to lower it down and retract it. The bolt head has been rounded over and I can't get a bite on it with a socket.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:19 PM   #6
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Actually its not the threaded part that is the problem. Its the end bolt that I use to lower it down and retract it. The bolt head has been rounded over and I can't get a bite on it with a socket.
If you are stuck you can jam something between socket and rounded head. Or, buy a new 6 point socket and epoxy it onto the rounded head.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #7
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Just have a nut the same size as the old one welded on top of the old rounded one. Fixed
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Just have a nut the same size as the old one welded on top of the old rounded one. Fixed
This may be the easiest way to get it fixed, but if you need the shaft, let me know.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:54 AM   #9
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Just an FYI, one of the reasons the stabilizers get bent and broken is trying to use them to level the trailer. They are not leveling jacks.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:22 AM   #10
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Just an FYI, one of the reasons the stabilizers get bent and broken is trying to use them to level the trailer. They are not leveling jacks.
Ding Ding Ding. We have a winnah.

They're BAL STABILIZERS, not levelers. Level the trailer with 2x6s, plastic deals, whatever, then when it's level, drop the stabilizers down to hold everything where it is. For those who don't already know, using them as levelers puts a LOT of stress on the frame and will twist or bend it, especially in the older models where rust may be prevalent.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:26 AM   #11
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Rounded Stabilizer nut

Sears makes a tool like a socket that grabs the rounded head.
I'd weld a nut to it.
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