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Old 12-15-2018, 11:49 AM   #1
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Cool A whole lot of shaking going on.

This year, we are doing a lot more 'winter camping' to take advantage of the 'low season' at many of the places we have been itching to see.

Because of the unwelcoming weather, we are spending a lot more time inside our 2018 25í Int. Rear Bed Twin.

The annoyance of being stuck inside has led to another. When one of us walks from the bedroom to the lounge or back the other way, the whole trailer shakes in a most unpleasant way.

We have all four 'stabilizers' down to their prescribed length. And, the shaking happens on both asphalt and gravel site surfaces.

Neither of us are what you might call thin, however, is there a way to prevent or dampen the Airstreamís motion without going on 'crash diet'?
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:54 AM   #2
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A couple of things to try, Dan. First, be sure the stabilizers are firmly down - not just touching, but bearing a little weight. Second, try an x-chock; the type that sits between your tires and ratchets tight. That should help with some of your rocking.

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Old 12-15-2018, 01:26 PM   #3
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Is your 25 a dual axle? If so - the x-chocks pcmclemore recommended are a great idea. I use a cheaper plastic version from Camco but theyíve been great at reducing movement you get even when stabilizing. Hereís a link:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-Wheel-Stop/14504364
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:31 PM   #4
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Those are exactly what I use. Once I tighten them, the only way the AS can move is to skid the tires with a lot of throttle applied to the Tow vehicle.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:46 PM   #5
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The X-chock is a great idea. You might also try putting a couple of stacking blocks under each of the four stabilizers. This will give the stabilizers a wider stance and not be straight up and down without the blocks.
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X-Chock a second vote. Once I got these the rig is solid.
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Old 12-15-2018, 09:03 PM   #7
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Another vote for x-chock or wheel-stop. They effectively lock out the suspension and wheel rotation. And make a world of difference beyond the stabilizers.

The tires now become another steadfast support, especially in reducing fore-aft motions that the stabilizers don't control well.
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Stay hitched to the TV, if the site allows. This helps stabilize fore and aft.
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:50 AM   #9
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I use regular wheel chocks. I don’t like side loading the bearings with chocks between the wheels. I set ‘em with a rubber mallet. And I put boards under the stabilizers so they’re not sitting on the ground.
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Try changing your gait, as an exercise in mindfulness?

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Another vote for X-chocks - also you may want to recheck your stabilizers after you've been set-up for a few hours. Things seemed to settle in a little so they might need to be adjusted.
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:04 AM   #12
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Those are exactly what I use. Once I tighten them, the only way the AS can move is to skid the tires with a lot of throttle applied to the Tow vehicle.
I'm guessing you've had the opportunity to try this as I did!!
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A whole lot of shaking going on.

Yes, sometimes it takes a little force to seat the ProPride stinger properly. Iíve managed to slide tires on the AS a time or two doing that. My rear view camera will tell me Iím into the head, but I canít always really tell if itís seated. So, if Iím doing it alone, I might get a little over-enthusiastic on the throttle.
I can guarantee the ramps are seated at that point, however.
I need to put some white paint on strategic parts sf the hitch so I can see more clearly whatís going on back there. Or figure out how to mount a wireless camera behind the hitch head opening...
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As mentioned. X-chocks. Seems to really dampen the movement inside the trailer. Also as mentioned, plastic or wooden blocks under the stabilizers to distribute the weight, especially on softer surfaces.
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I did the white paint this year on our Hensley hitch. It helps provide contrast, alignment, and better depth of field. Great recommendation from this group
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I use regular wheel chocks. I donít like side loading the bearings with chocks between the wheels. I set Ďem with a rubber mallet. And I put boards under the stabilizers so theyíre not sitting on the ground.
The side loading is nearly non existent compared to the bottom loading from the weight of the trailer, and the bearings don't move with the x-chocks, so I'm not sure why this is an issue.
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I try to walk softly most of the time, I cannot say that I hit the mark every day; I don’t think walking softly is in morelach’s makeup, so I just deal with it. Do we even teach boys to walk softly? Somedays I deal with the shake well, somedays I become annoyed. I never say anything to him though because I know he will take it to mean something about his weight and that’s a tender spot for any of us at this age. Anyways, I’d rather have him around to shake the Airstream than not. ♥️
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Wheel chocks with hammer, x-chocks, and stabilizers down, we have very little movement with this setup. Lots of people and kids jumping around not an issue.
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It sounds to me that you stabilizer setup needs improvement. We went through a similar set of problems. You may be doing this but I found it is important to have the right number of blocks under the stabilizer foot. Then the order the stabilizers are tightened seems important too, and how much will result in removing the shakes.

There was a thread posted last year about the order to tighten the stabilizers including the tong jack. I find that I can obtain the shake free setup by using blocks under the stabilizer foot and my manually tightening the stabilizer with the 1/2" speed ratchet handle that came with the trailer. For a rule of thumb, when you look at the blocked stabilizer it needs to have a maximum of a 45 degree angle.
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