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Old 11-13-2005, 02:45 PM   #1
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Question Stabilizer Jacks--what should we get?

We own a 1969 Safari. The stabilizers are long gone. We have a set of four stabilizers that we use, but they don't help with leveling. We're not sure what we should get. Any suggestions? Thanks. ~Laure & Chuck
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We own a 1969 Safari. The stabilizers are long gone. We have a set of four stabilizers that we use, but they don't help with leveling. We're not sure what we should get. Any suggestions? Thanks. ~Laure & Chuck
You should level the trailer first, using wheel blocks and the tongue jack.
Stabilizer jacks are not really designed for leveling your Safari.

I recommend the BAL jacks for stabilizing. Airstream sells them. They attach to the bottom of your trailer and allow you to stabilize things with a crank handle. You can get away with 2ea. in the rear on a short trailer, but 4 ( 2 front and 2 in the back) work better. The BAL jacks take out the bounce and wobble when walking around inside the trailer, and make it most stable in windy conditions.
These are the same ones they use on new Airstream trailers.
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Old 11-13-2005, 03:06 PM   #3
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More on leveling

Thanks for the info. Leveling from back to front hasn't been a problem; it's leveling from side to side that is sometimes difficult. We thought there might be an appropriate jack or stabilizer that could do both--could support weight or lift the camper slightly if needed to get it level. ~L.
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Thanks for the info. Leveling from back to front hasn't been a problem; it's leveling from side to side that is sometimes difficult. We thought there might be an appropriate jack or stabilizer that could do both--could support weight or lift the camper slightly if needed to get it level. ~L.
You will have to get it close enough by driving the wheel on a levelling block, available at all camping supply stores, perhaps even Wal Mart.
The last small increment can actually be done with the levelling jacks.
Often the screw type levelling jacks work just as well to do the final stabilizing, just not as convenient, and they have to be stored somewhere.
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Laure&Chuck,
You can carry an assortment of wooden blocks to help with the side to side leveling or you can get something like Lynx Levelers available at most Walmarts and RV stores. I have used these for several years and they work great. Then you can get a set of the BAL Stabilizers to help keep the motion down when parked IIRC there is a special part number for Airstreams...something to do with a longer screw because the jack has to be mounted a bit further under the trailer.

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I carry six 2X6 boards cut around a foot long or just enough to fit between the tires near the ground. They have always worked fine for leveling. I then extend the stabilizing jacks just enough to keep the trailer from moving around. Airstreams are a little different from other trailers. I've seen many owners of SOB's park, pull out jacks, put them under the frame and run the jacks up. For some trailers with extremely tall frames this is fine but it has a tendency to flex the frame and body of your trailer. Just don't do it. It is much easier to place 2X6's or Lynx Levelers in front of or behind the tires of the side you want raised and drive up on them.
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I use the Lynx Levelers, 1 set the PO gave me and another I purchased at Walmart (under $30). I look at the level ball mounted on the front of the trailer, guess on how much adjustment I need and build the ramp. Lately I have been guessing very well.
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I have compared the orange Lynx Levelers with the yellow ones (RV Leveler Blocks) and found that the yellow ones cracked and eventually broke. I was disappointed in them. I have also seen the Lynx Levelers skid in front of the tires when on smooth blacktop rather than allowing the tires to roll over them. I still think the Lynx Levelers are tougher but will stay with my 2X6 cheapies for leveling.
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I use the Lynx Levelers, 1 set the PO gave me and another I purchased at Walmart (under $30). I look at the level ball mounted on the front of the trailer, guess on how much adjustment I need and build the ramp. Lately I have been guessing very well.
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How do you attach the Bal Jacks without messing up the belly pan?
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There are BAL jacks installed on mine, from the factory i guess. I broke the screw on one of them and have to replace it. It looks like they are held on by four bolts, and must fasten to a strut or frame member of some kind. I doesn't look like a very difficult fix to me. I can only find them sold in pairs, does Airstream sell them one at a time?
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How do you attach the Bal Jacks without messing up the belly pan?
They fasten to the frame thru the belly pan...no messing involved and after about 25 years of use the belly pan is going to look like a road kill bud can anyway

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Thanks, the PO did all the work, I just try and keep it up to his standards (high).
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