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Old 08-13-2006, 03:43 PM   #1
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need to replace both front stabilizer jacks

i recently bought a 1978 unit and both front stabilizer jacks are "crunched" -- the PO must have dropped the unit off the tung while the jacks were down?? has anybody ever tackled this problem -- where to find them and what i'm in for???? thanks, tuna
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Old 08-13-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
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I'm sure Inland RV will have the parts. Good luck.
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jcwhitney.com has a set for $59.99.
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need to replace both front stabilizer jacks

Greetings Tuna!

The stabilizing jacks that Airstream has used for many years ar BAL and have a special design feature that includes an extended drive rod so that it doesn't require crawling under the coach to raise/lower the jacks. I recently had new BAL stabilizer jacks installed on both my Overlander and Minuet -- my local Airstream dealer had the jacks in-stock as a regular replacement part. I believe that the installed cost was just a little over $450 with tax and labor for a set of four.

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Hello charlie tuna -- Hope you're experiencing the Forums for all they're worth. Keep asking questions like this!

GO Bob & overlander64 have given you some good info. I've seen these at a local SOB RV dealer for about $60 a pair as GO Bob suggests. Locally I'd think you can save significant shipping.

I'd welcome better input from members but these are installed with approx 1/4" lag screws -- galvanized would be great. Removing old B.A.L. jacks may cause stuck mounting screws to twist off and I would not recommend using that same hole -- grind off any sticking out parts while keeping the bellywrap as intact as possible, then inject a little Vulkem on the old hole. (Me? I prefer Sikaflex 221 for most applications. The grey is a close match for aluminum. NO SILICONE CAULKS! Keep unused tubes of caulk in your home freezer between uses -- makes it good for a very long time!!! )

You'll probably want to offset the new holes 1/4" to 3/8" or so from the old -- the mounting holes in the base of the B.A.L. jack will give you an idea of the layout. You might make a template of posterboard unless you're up to jockeying with the jack while trying to measure & mark. You'd want very sharp (new) twist drills to drill the holes (electric hand drill) and would want to stay a bit undersized. You only want to mount these into frame members -- so get under your Airstream and check out the rivet line headed crossways on the belly wrap. Run an electric drill at low speed but get good pressure pushing up. Buy your screws first and estimate or measure shaft diameter to determine what size twist drills to buy (approx shaft diameter + a whisker but not at all close to the full thread diameter). You don't have to tap the new holes in your frame -- a hand operated socket set has been successful on my end of the world.

[on edit: I have a general recall that lag screws were used for my Argosy. I just pulled a loose screw from one of my Safari BAL jacks. This is a 1" long 1/4" hex head machine screw (1/2" socket head), therefore is a more gradual sloped thread and theoretically tighter holding than a lag screw. Got enough info?]
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thats some real good info ------- i'll be talking to my dealer and see if he has them or can order them -- i'm trying to stay with the original equipment. at least when i get under the unit i can understand how they are mounted and like you said i'll just remount the replacements about an inch outside the original holes.................... thanks again. tuna
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After I wrote my post it did occur to me that a dealer could do this as well. Enjoy dreaming of the out-of-doors. Bring back reports on where you've been!
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I know where to get them. www.outofdoorsmart.com
All you have to do is get some 3/8 self tappers and make sure you hit frame while streering away from or around gas lines. I think these guys even have the pads.
http://outofdoorsmart.com/cgi-bin/online/storepro.php?product=10006:820

These guys have allot of Airstream parts. Very helpful
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i recently bought a 1978 unit and both front stabilizer jacks are "crunched" -- the PO must have dropped the unit off the tung while the jacks were down?? has anybody ever tackled this problem -- where to find them and what i'm in for???? thanks, tuna

Many Airstream dealers carry the special for Airstream, "BAL" jacks.

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Link for promotional materials & manuals downloads: BAL jacks

Andy, you've been up and down the Airstream mountain of info many, many times. What do you mean by "special for Airstream"? I've seen Airstream-like BAL jacks for sale at SOB dealers and on all brands of units. I know that there are more mounting holes in the jacks for my '06 Safari compared to the '76 Argosy jacks. I'm going to have to take a better look but would guess they're the T-type Stabilizing Jacks.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
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I believe that A/S jacks have an extended screw so you can reach it. The jacks seem to be set far inboard.
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Link for promotional materials & manuals downloads: BAL jacks

Andy, you've been up and down the Airstream mountain of info many, many times. What do you mean by "special for Airstream"? I've seen Airstream-like BAL jacks for sale at SOB dealers and on all brands of units. I know that there are more mounting holes in the jacks for my '06 Safari compared to the '76 Argosy jacks. I'm going to have to take a better look but would guess they're the T-type Stabilizing Jacks.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
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The Airstream jacks have an extended screw, so that you don't have to get on your knees to reach it.

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thanks all,
i found them at my dealer --- $62. each and they match the original stabilizers.... thanks again, tuna
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