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Old 06-30-2014, 08:19 AM   #15
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Once ( ONCE!!! )I raised the tongue jack, while the stabilizers were down. It was ugly.
That one's given me nightmares.. always wondered if the stabs would be strong enough to bend the frame.. particularly on the longer models, there'd be a lot of leverage on the rear stabilizers
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:23 AM   #16
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I over tightened one of my bal jacks and all it did was bend the diagonal arm. I took it off and flattened it and it is good as new. I expect you would get the same damage from raising the tongue jack. I don't think you will bend the frame before the bal jack breaks or bends. I think they are designed to be the weak link.

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Old 06-30-2014, 06:11 PM   #17
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Sounds like it might be a good time to hit all the fasteners with PB Blaster, since I won't be able to get to the change-out for a few weeks....
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:30 PM   #18
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I find that I am less inclined to forget one of the myriad details if I follow the same sequence EVERY SINGLE TIME. To wit, I had "help" on Sunday leaving a campground, screwed with my usual routine, and left a wonderful 15/16" socket and ratchet that I need to engage/disengage my ProPride. Around $45 to replace it. I hope whoever found it uses it in good health. To be human is to err...and remember the old saying, "we repeat mistakes until we learn from them." (Which is why I have one friend who's on his 4th marriage....)
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:06 PM   #19
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I think I have had all four of my jacks out for one reason or another all of mine were held in by self tapping bolts and they all came out easy.

Maybe yours will be easy too.


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Old 06-30-2014, 07:48 PM   #20
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I think I have had all four of my jacks out for one reason or another all of mine were held in by self tapping bolts and they all came out easy.

Maybe yours will be easy too.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:43 PM   #21
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:49 PM   #22
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Anti seize and use stainless fasteners whenever servicing anything
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Look up, look down, look all around

I do that four times as I walk around the trailer - on the curb side, on the front, on the street side, then at the rear of the trailer. Somebody told me that several years ago and it has served me well. The check list remains a good idea but in a pinch - look up, look down, look all around.

Good luck with the replacement stabilizer jacks.
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Been there, done that. I took mine off and apart and hammered them back into shape. While they were off I took the others off sandblasted them and painted them. Now look as good as new. Just a little helpful hint with rusty bolts. Spray with any of the penetrating oils and let them sit awhile. A light duty impact gun will provide lots of vibration while taking the bolts out. The vibrations will help to break the bolts loose and remove them hopefully without breaking them. A hand wrench will tend to just twist them until they break. Useing a 6 pointed socket with your impact tool will work best. No guarantee, sometimes they just break off.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:54 AM   #25
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Well, I got the jacks changed out yesterday. I had hit all the bolts with PB Blaster about a month ago, so they all came out pretty easily. The new jacks, of course, had holes in different places, so I had to drill two new holes on each jack anyway.

Part of my 7 hours working on the Airstream yesterday. Nice cool Arizona day, too. Only 104 in the shade. :/
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Some owners make a "check list".



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Same thing pilots have and do.



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Old 08-17-2014, 09:01 PM   #27
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A habit I picked up as a pilot is a final 360 walkaround inspection after you've completed your preflight.

That gives you a chance to see chocks you forgot to remove, a passenger's phone on the wing, gas cap off - that sort of thing.

Highly recommended for this sort of pre-departure ritual as well.

Amazing the stuff you can overlook the first time around!
Exactly. Never been a pilot, but I always do a 360 walk around before I get in and go. Check all the compartment doors, make sure the windows are down and secure, main door locked and check the awnings are locked down and verify that all the lights are working. Takes a couple extra minutes but provides peace of mind once you're moving.
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