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Old 03-18-2013, 10:51 PM   #15
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Ok. Confession time.

I "apparently" need to spend time with my Airstream learning to properly "level"!!!!!!

This weekend was "maiden voyage", not far only 10 miles to campground... So more like "shakedown " cruise.
Get on site and realize not level. So I put aft stabilizers down then lifted tongue. I then " caught" the trailer on stabilizers. Only about 1 inch lift. Door hard to shut.

Today I towed to storage. I repeated the "lift" of trailer and settled on stabilizers. This time severe misalignment of door latch to striker pin. I let weight off the stabilizers and bingo! Door closes!

Like I said, I have trouble reading due to vision issue. But missed the part about really low pressure on stabilizers.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:12 PM   #16
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The stabilizers are not intended to lift the coach. Only to keep it from rocking when you walk around inside.
DO NOT LIFT THE COACH WITH THE STABILIZERS.
Use leveling blocks along with the tongue jack to level the coach.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:35 AM   #17
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Ok. Confession time.

I "apparently" need to spend time with my Airstream learning to properly "level"!!!!!!

This weekend was "maiden voyage", not far only 10 miles to campground... So more like "shakedown " cruise.
Get on site and realize not level. So I put aft stabilizers down then lifted tongue. I then " caught" the trailer on stabilizers. Only about 1 inch lift. Door hard to shut.

Today I towed to storage. I repeated the "lift" of trailer and settled on stabilizers. This time severe misalignment of door latch to striker pin. I let weight off the stabilizers and bingo! Door closes!

Like I said, I have trouble reading due to vision issue. But missed the part about really low pressure on stabilizers.

Recommendations welcome in messages, this way we can talk
We have bubble levels on the front and curb side of our AS. We use the front one to see how level we are athwart ship (port-starboard/street side-curb side) and use leveling blocks under the wheels. After two years we can tell by just looking at how many degrees out of level we are, how high we need to stack the blocks (we have 3 sets currently and have only wanted a 4th set a couple of times at very uneven sites). Once we are level side to side we put the regular style tire chocks on the non lifted set of tires as soon as we have driven onto the blocks to safely prevent the trailer from rolling away. Then we use the tongue jack to level the trailer fore and aft. When, and only when we are as level as we are going to get, we put down the stabilizer jacks (snug, but not too tight). Finally we put on the X-Chock between the two tires that are on the leveling blocks. This method works for us, YMMV.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:14 AM   #18
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Thanks ! Like I said "confession time"...

A little "saying" I use is "the TRUTH will set you free!....but FIRST it WILL make you miserable!"

I assure you, I am miserable now.

Another saying;"Lose the lumps, not the lesson!" This is where I am now.

The thing that bothers me is that I had a feeling I was not leveling properly. Now I have solid evidence.

Thanks y'all!
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