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Old 09-17-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Suggestions for jacks, please?

Hi! Im a newbie- just took my beautiful '63 Overlander for our first voyage together and had just a few --small-- issues. Gonna deal with them one by one, starting with the leveling jacks. Both on the left side are apparently inoperable. My boyfriend took them off and said he thinks he can remake them if necessary, but recommended replacement instead. He found the parts needed on (Part #: 12951). The other two are working just fine, so here's where I need a little advice. Are leveling jacks a part that would be available used (less$$$$) and worth the time searching for (I couldn't find them on this forum). Or would I do better buying a set of four and classified listing the other two? Just keeping the extra two "in case"? Remaking the faulty jacks? Or just replacing all four since we are messing around underneath anyway? Upgrading the jacks to a different style? ANY help or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!

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Old 09-17-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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These are not Leveling Jacks, but are really Stabilizing jacks. The difference would be that leveling jacks would raise one side or the other, and front and back, to actually level the trailer. These jacks are not supposed to do that, but are just to be used to stabilize the trailer once you've got it adequately leveled by driving the low side up on an appropriate number of leveling blocks. Both Stabilizing jacks and Leveling blocks can be found at many RV websites as well as Amazon. If you tried to use stabilizing jacks to level the AS, you may have stripped the threads on the screw part, in which case they would need to be replaced. Also, if you attempted to level the AS using the stabilizing jacks, make sure you didn't deform the frame where they are attached.

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Old 09-18-2013, 05:03 AM   #3

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Their only original once.....I would rebuild...but I'm funny that way.

Our 63 Safari used the free standing type, 18 seasons, never a failure....KISS principle.

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Old 09-18-2013, 05:25 AM   #4
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It seems I have quite a way to go on my learning curve! Thanks for the info- I am hoping we didn't damage the frame... I will make a trip to Camping World and see what they've got as well as Amazon. THANK YOU for the help here!
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:24 AM   #5
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We have a 63 Overlander. They originally did not come with stabilizers. They had two free standing jack stands that you placed under the rear bumper and then you would crank up your tongue jack, to put a little stress on them. We still use them that way. Four newer style stabilizers would make it a bit less tippy.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:37 AM   #6
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Be observant when buying BAL stabilizers from places that don't specialize in Airstream stuff. There is the Airstream model with a long shaft and non-airstream models with a shorter one, because the stabilizers have to be installed way inboard on an Airstream because of the way it's built, and you need that long shaft to be able to operate the stabilizer without crawling underneath.

Out Of Doors Mart carries the right one, and I'm sure the ones from InlandRV will be the Airstream part number as well.

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Old 09-18-2013, 09:56 AM   #7
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We have 4 automotive scissor jacks in the Trillium trailer. They can be purchased from an RV supplier but any auto wreckers will have lots of them and normally don't charge very much. Ours our operated with a 3/4' socket so you can use a wrench, ratchet, speeder, impact gun, nut driver etc. to operate them and you have the added bonus of carrying 4 jacks incase of an emergency (flat tire, stuck in the mud...)

Just make sure you know where to place them - they have to be under the frame which you can't see because of the belly pan.

As said before, level the trailer with blocks under the wheels and the tongue jack, then just snug up the stabilizers to prevent rocking.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:02 AM   #8
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This is all great advice and information. Exactly what I was looking for when I reached out for help. Airstreamers are the best! Thanks!

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