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Old 06-17-2014, 06:30 PM   #1
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How Many Scissor Jacks?

After using the Scamp for the first time this weekend, we decided we need better/easier stabilization. I assume you'd just use 2 scissor jacks, supporting the rear of the Scamp?

I also assume the tires should always be in contact with the ground? Sorry, dumb questions, I know. But we had a tricky time getting level the other night and I want to correct it properly next time. Thanks!

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Old 06-17-2014, 06:33 PM   #2
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I use two scissor jacks and two stands if you don't support the tire sides it will still rock side to side.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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isn't their jacks under your rear bumper. my 1987 13 has them. You need them so you don't go in the back of the trailer and pop a wheelie.
I also carry a adjustable jack stand and put it under one front corner. I also chock the tires. If your trailer tongue jack has a flat foot it is more stable than with a front wheel.
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isn't their jacks under your rear bumper. my 1987 13 has them.............If your trailer tongue jack has a flat foot it is more stable than with a front wheel.
No, they aren't there. Some crappy extra ones came with it but I don't like them. Good idea about the flat foot vs. wheel in the front. I have the wheel but will now consider how to make the flat foot

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Old 06-17-2014, 07:02 PM   #5
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We use 4 Waynes's RV stabilizers... One on each corner. If the ground is really unlevel, we may use a scissor jack or two also. Our rear stabilizers are worthless.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:07 PM   #6
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Whoa..... There are "Stabilizers" and there are "Lifting Jacks" You don't want to try to level your trailer with the stabilizers, they are just that, stabilizers.

Use ramps, blocks or that crank-up leveling thingy, and level your trailer left to right before you unhitch. Then use your tongue jack for front to back leveling and putting some tension on the stabilizers. There are crank down stabilizers that are easy to use, but they take up some under chassis clearance when installed. You want most of the weight to remain on the suspension and tires.
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This is what came on my Little Joe.

1k RAM Stabilizer Jack | SJ-100 | Nuera Trailer Parts

Atwood makes 'em too.

After we level from side to side, I jack the front so that it is just a hair lower than level, bubble slightly forward of center, then I drop the jacks. Bringing the jack up to level sets them, and they are very stable.

Also, there are a couple of different dolly chocks available, plastic doughnut thingies, that will keep the front more secure. That way, if I need it I still have the dolly wheel.

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4 BAL scissor jacks came with my Escape 17B. There is enough tongue weight on the Escape that I don't need the jacks to keep from tipping the trailer when in the rear bed, but they do make it more stabile. If I don't unhitch, I'll often not bother with the front jacks, but generally use all 4 if unhooked.
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No, they aren't there. Some crappy extra ones came with it but I don't like them. Good idea about the flat foot vs. wheel in the front. I have the wheel but will now consider how to make the flat foot

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Flat Foot? Available at your RV dealer or on-line. But be sure to measure the outside diameter of your jacks end first, there are different sizes.
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Personally, I don't like the scissor jacks. I use the BAL crank down stabilizer with the pads as I feel they're more, well, stabile. The cement block is just for home use. I don't bring them with me.

If I were forced to go with scissor jacks I'd probably add the lock-arm stabilizing bar.
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Level front to back with the tongue jack. Level side to side at the wheels. Use blocks, lego pads, Anderson, etc., etc under the low tire. Use scissor jacks, etc. for stabilizing. NOT leveling.
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Remember the good old days "before plastic" when we made our own chocks and levelling pads from wood? Kids today have it so easy! ha ha ha
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Remember the good old days "before plastic" when we made our own chocks and levelling pads from wood? Kids today have it so easy! ha ha ha
I made 2 sets of wooden chocks last week. I glued up some treated plywood and cut them at the proper angle. I've had 2 sets of the plastic /rubber chocks crack and break from winter temperature (-30 Deg F)
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Remember the good old days "before plastic" when we made our own chocks and levelling pads from wood? Kids today have it so easy! ha ha ha
Until a year ago, I always did just that. I finally gave in and bought the Lynx Levellers, as they are lighter and take up less space. I just wish they made them in a nondescript colour like black or brown, instead of the neon orange that looks tacky.
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