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Old 08-26-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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Stabilizer jack maintenance

I recently noticed my stabilizer jacks make a lot of noise and are more difficult to screw. Curious if grease is recommended or if this will attract dirt?
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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A couple of quick sprays of that stuff made by the Rocket Chemical Company does the trick!

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Old 08-26-2009, 04:39 PM   #3
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okay, okay... a little cryptic.

WD-40

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I'd use graphite if it wasn't such a pita to get to the screw threads, but I try to avoid laying down under the AS if I can avoid it. There are some very good dry lubes on the market that would work very well, but I use regular old WD-40 to quite down the occasional squeaker.

The screw threads are exposed to road spray and anything else covering the road surfaces, so I don't know that keeping them clean is very realistic.

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Old 08-26-2009, 05:54 PM   #5
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White lithium grease from a spray can seems to keep mine quiet for 2-3 months.

I was finding it rather embarrassing to have such a top of the line trailer emitting these horrible squeaks with everyone in the campground watching.
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Non-foaming Silicone Spray

Here's my .02 - silicone spray.

WD40 is great for some things but it seems to leave quite a residue that attracts dirt. Same with grease. Silicone spray (the non-foaming type) goes on and stays on a while with less (in my opinion) residue than other lubricants.

Graphite sounds good too but it tends to be more expensive.

The silicon spray is easy to apply and can be applied in a jiffy. Yes, you have to bend down to apply it to the right spots but it's not tremendously difficult. It works great on the moving parts of the awning hardware too.

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why doesn't the landing gear have doors?

ya know, one of life's big disappointments for me was to realize how "dirty" the bottom of the AS's belly pan is-and I am talking aerodynamic dirty here. those stablizer jacks should have retracting doors just like an airplane. Oh well, off to lube those suckers...I use a hand pump wd40 system...
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:15 PM   #8
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I like the old stand by bearing grease. It can be purchased in small containers. I use a inexpensive stiff brissle paint brush and I paint the threads. There is a teflon grease I uses on the prop shaft of my boat. It is cleaner than bearing grease and withstands water fairley well, avaliable at walmart. Both will attract dirt and mine attracts a little white dog once in a while but both will wear off after a couple months.
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Lucius gets my vote - silicon. LPS-1 (LPS-3 is oil based just like WD-40). Dry silicon holds less dirt & dust.
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My trailer squeaks when I walk through it. The stablizers are retracted when this noise occurs, so I think it might be coming from one or more components of the suspension system. I would appreciate any suggestions to stop the squeaks and information regarding whether or not I'm damaging something.
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I use Boeshield T-9. It is a spray on mixture of wax and lubricants that dries to a waxy film. It does not seem to attract dirt.
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I recently noticed my stabilizer jacks make a lot of noise and are more difficult to screw. Curious if grease is recommended or if this will attract dirt?
Hi, you need to crawl under your trailer and check them out. I found a few loose mounting bolts, one missing, and one broken. These were on the inside where there is only one bolt holding them to the frame.
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Even our 19' Bambi sometimes creaks a bit when we walk in it with the stabilizers are not down...I think that's just natural tension on the frame. And sometimes one particular place squeaks when we walk over it (not sure if it's the floor or a cabinet against the wall)...but we've found that if we adjust the stabilizers a bit (and therefore the amount of tension and shift) it goes away...
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As I approach my camping site, my diesel is roaring, Toby Keith is wailing, my Equil-I-Zer is moaning and cracking, my spouse is yelling, "Back it up, back it up, back it up, WHOA!" And then the DeWalt drill goes into action, lowering the stabilizers. But I'm going to try some silicone spray on the stabilizers this weekend, hoping to very slightly lower the noise I make getting ready for some peace and quiet.
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my knees are creaking so loud that i cant hear anything. will spray with boeshild.
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lube choice DEPENDS on which model/brand of stab jacks are on the stream...

1. >>>the 'bal' light trailer stab' jacks (used on safari/i'nationals/clouds) require...

any light 'spray lube' on the exposed screws/threads, choose yer favorite and spray at will.

2. >>>the 'ultra-fab' electric leveling jacks (typically model UF-5000 power twin) have GREASE ZERKS...

and require any standard moly grease injected till it ooozes out the excess/exit port.

do NOT spray stuff externally onto the threads of the ultrafab, it will muckup the grease that's inside.
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the majority of low lying 'squEEEaks' noted INSIDE a stream are from the subfloor/frame attachment.

although all the external joints and metal stuff can squeak 2.

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I have found that chain lube for bicycles works well. It dries as a waxy lubricant and is designed for mountain bikes to resist sticking dirt.
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