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Old 06-29-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
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Took off with stabilizer jacks down :(

OK, I was so engrossed in wrestling the awning back up that I completely spaced running the stabilizer jacks back up.

So, I'm an idiot. Big deal! I provided a little entertainment for some of the other campers, but I managed to tie them up so I didn't create sparks on the way home.

So, can I really just buy a new pair of jacks like these and bolt them on? It almost seems too easy to be true...
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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After I once very nearly pulled off with the jack down (rain/crying kids/stressed out) I made myself a checklist that I follow religiously every time we set off. Takes a minute longer, but avoids mistakes.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:35 PM   #3
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I was thinking more on the lines of a stabilizer-mounted microswitch that sends 240 volt electric power to two electrodes in the driver's seat of the TV unless the jacks are all the way up.

Somehow, I don't think I'll do this again. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

But now I need to fix them.
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Somehow, I don't think I'll do this again. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.
No, you probably won't do THIS again. If you're like me, though, you'll find something equally as stupid to do next time...
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I was thinking more on the lines of a stabilizer-mounted microswitch that sends 240 volt electric power to two electrodes in the driver's seat of the TV unless the jacks are all the way up.

Somehow, I don't think I'll do this again. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

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Don't worry, next time might be the shore power line.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:45 PM   #6
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OK, I was so engrossed in wrestling the awning back up that I completely spaced running the stabilizer jacks back up.

So, I'm an idiot. Big deal! I provided a little entertainment for some of the other campers, but I managed to tie them up so I didn't create sparks on the way home.

So, can I really just buy a new pair of jacks like these and bolt them on? It almost seems too easy to be true...
Yes you can pur. these jacks, try out of doors mart.com or Inland trailer sales, also I have seen them adv. elsewhere. Some sites have replacement parts others have whole thing, some have indv. others have prs. or sets of 4. I always do awnings then raise jacks before using power jack and hooking up, pick up jack stand elect. cord last pull forward pick up blocks, check lights do all this in this order no mistakes
no costly surprises. we all do dumb thing once so don't feel bad.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:47 PM   #7
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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!
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Well, I did catch that the stove vent was still open, and I closed that.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:23 PM   #9
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The only problem you will have is the bolts will be frozen and you will have to drill and tap new ones. I think I am going to get some stainless steel studs that stay in the frame. This way if they weld to the frame, I can just remove the nut. The down side to this is all Bal Jacks may not have the same bolt pattern. Mine are in decent shape so maybe would have to deal with that. You probably won't make that mistake next time. I have heard of people leaving the tongue jack down and bending that one as well.

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:14 PM   #10
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Perry114 has raised a significant issue with the bolts being too rusty to remove the stabilizer without braking them off causing drilling and retapping. This happened to me when I forgot about the rear stabilizers being down and raised the power jack during hook up bending the stabilizer support arms on both sides of the trailer. If you remove and replace only what you have to, possibly bending back some of the pieces, you may be able to avoid removing the entire stabilizer (if you are really lucky).
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My bad

Once ( ONCE!!! )I raised the tongue jack, while the stabilizers were down. It was ugly.
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I always use at least one Lynx leveler block under each stabilizer jack no matter what the height is to the ground. The bright orange really stands out when making my final pre-departure walk around.

I often use the tongue jack to level the house a bit for overnight sleeping stops when traveling. Since I never un-hitch for these stops, I throw one of the leveler blocks on the driver seat to remind me to put the jack up in the morning. It's too easy to get in the "hit the road" frame of mind.

I removed all of my stabilizers to drop the belly pan and work on the frame during the renovation. The only problem I had was with the J bolts (twisted one off). The self tapping screws in the frame rails came out fine. I replaced all the J bolts and screws, but the threads in the frame held up well.
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Well, I did catch that the stove vent was still open, and I closed that.
Some owners make a "check list".

Things to do prior to any departure.

Same thing pilots have and do.

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A couple of my jacks have only two screws in because one of them broke off in the process of trying to remove them. The back ones I have already had to retap the holes for them. Basically, every threaded screw on the underside of the trailer is frozen. I was lucky I could replace the sewer valves without removing the tank pans because I know most of them would snap off. Stainless steel went back in. Use stainless bolts and put plenty of anti-seize or grease on them.

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