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Old 04-03-2009, 07:59 AM   #1
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reattaching stabilizer

Well, I got my stabilizer rod straightened and was ready to reinstall it to the aft, curb position when I found that one of the fasteners was *missing*. The single point that attaches towards the center of the trailer did have a threaded portion extending from under the trailer (i.e. when I removed the stabilizer at this point, all I had to do was remove the nut versus removing two screws/lock washers at the curbside edge). When I looked in the service manual, I see this fastener is a "3/16 inch J bolt". Hummmmm. I think I need a little more information! Is anyone familiar with this? Where I can get a replacement and what it takes to get it back in position? I have no idea how it would have migrated out of the hole....
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:08 AM   #2
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Laura,
A "J" bolt is simply a bolt in a "J" shape. It probably fell out of the hole. You might find it laying on the ground under the trailer. If you need one you can probably find them at a hardware store.

Take a look here...

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Old 04-03-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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Whew --- sounds easy enough --- though I notice there isn't a 3/16 in the list at the link. I'll try Ace Hardware next. Hope it isn't an *odd ball* size! How about finding the remaining dimensions? I'm thinking the length isn't as important as the diameter.... I did fish around on the ground with a magnet. Zilch. Course, the lawn company came to mow (for the first time since Christmas I think). Maybe their mower slung the J bolt across the yard?
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:35 AM   #4
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Laura,
3/16" seems kind of puny to be holding a stabilizer jack to a trailer frame. Can you measure the diameter of one of the other stabilizers? I would think more along the lines of a 3/8" bolt.
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I didn't have my glasses on when looking at the service manual - maybe it was 5/16". I'll look again after work and crawl under the AS to get a look at the others. I'm wondering if it would be prudent to remove one of the other stabilizers to get a better idea of the dimensions of the hooks and see what it takes to get one in & out. Guess it's not too much work to do that --- until I gall the threads or something. You know, it's never *that easy*....
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Thanks for the quick responses Carl!
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Laura,
Taking one of the other "J" bolts to match the size would be a good idea. Hit is with a good penetrating oil like PB Blaster or WD-40 in a pinch, let it soak in and then try wrenching the old bolt off. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

Also what make & model stabilizer are they? All the instructions I find on the web for BAL stabilizers use a regular olf self threading bolt. Maybe the older models used something different.

http://norcoind.com/bal/downloads/ma...20(20-8-T).pdf
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Laura,

Also what make & model stabilizer are they? All the instructions I find on the web for BAL stabilizers use a regular olf self threading bolt. Maybe the older models used something different.

http://norcoind.com/bal/downloads/manuals/T-Type%20Stabilizing%20Jack%20(20-8-T).pdf

??? I'll have to check the manual tonight! Thanks for your help.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:21 AM   #9
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Eureka...So it is a vintage thang.

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I didn't have my glasses on when looking at the service manual - maybe it was 5/16".
Laura,
The "J" bolt is 5/16".
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How'd you do that so quick Richard?

Okay 5/16" it is... will stop at the hardware store on my way home and see what they have before taking another stabilizer loose. Maybe I'll get lucky and it will fit the first time... ohhh, shouldn't have said that!
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Maybe I'll get lucky and it will fit the first time... ohhh, shouldn't have said that!
You realize you have just doomed yourself to a lifetime of searching.
The stabilizers on our trailer are held in place by self-tapping bolts, if you can't find a J bolt, maybe you can use one of them.
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You realize you have just doomed yourself to a lifetime of searching.
The stabilizers on our trailer are held in place by self-tapping bolts, if you can't find a J bolt, maybe you can use one of them.
I did, finally, give up the search. It was driving me batty....

I purchased 3" and 5" (5/16") J-bolts at ACE hardware. The 3" ended up fitting. I have NO idea how it worked. I kept using a wire hanger to find what the J hooked onto inside that hole. Never could find a bolt-hanger in there. Finally put the J-bolt up in there and, after toggling it around for a few minutes, it grabbed on something and held. Got the stabilizer back in place and used it this weekend. I did notice that it is somewhat more difficult to turn now, but I got it extended/retracted without any real difficulty.

Thanks for all your help!!!
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I did, finally, give up the search. It was driving me batty....

I purchased 3" and 5" (5/16") J-bolts at ACE hardware. The 3" ended up fitting. I have NO idea how it worked. I kept using a wire hanger to find what the J hooked onto inside that hole. Never could find a bolt-hanger in there. Finally put the J-bolt up in there and, after toggling it around for a few minutes, it grabbed on something and held. Got the stabilizer back in place and used it this weekend. I did notice that it is somewhat more difficult to turn now, but I got it extended/retracted without any real difficulty.

Thanks for all your help!!!
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Laura.

The "J" bolt hooks on to a "crossmember," which also supports the jack.

Crossmembers run between the 2 frame rails.

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I did, finally, give up the search. It was driving me batty....

I purchased 3" and 5" (5/16") J-bolts at ACE hardware. The 3" ended up fitting. I have NO idea how it worked. I kept using a wire hanger to find what the J hooked onto inside that hole. Never could find a bolt-hanger in there. Finally put the J-bolt up in there and, after toggling it around for a few minutes, it grabbed on something and held. Got the stabilizer back in place and used it this weekend. I did notice that it is somewhat more difficult to turn now, but I got it extended/retracted without any real difficulty.

Thanks for all your help!!!
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Laura,
I am glad to hear that you are once again "stable."
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