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Old 05-02-2016, 10:03 AM   #15
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It took me a while to grasp this concept: Level side-to-side at the wheels. Forward and aft at the hitch. Stabilize-ONLY at the rear bumper. ...]
I concur - side to side leveling by driving on blocks.
The Scamp website does say "Finally use the rear jacks to level the trailer in the side to side axis" but this risks doing damage if you go to far, so in this case I say Scamp has it wrong.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:30 AM   #16
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We also use 2x6 boards. We cut a slope on the leading edge of the board. It rarely takes more than one on a side and never more than two.

We have a rear bumper box on our trailer and keep blocks, hoses, cords and sewer hose in outside the trailer and tow vehicle.

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Old 05-02-2016, 11:24 AM   #17
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It took me a while to grasp this concept: Level side-to-side at the wheels. Forward and aft at the hitch. Stabilize-ONLY at the rear bumper.
I don't understand why one would only stabilize at the rear. My trailer has four stabilizers, two at front and two at rear. I level side to side and then level front to back, using the jack.
And then I use all four stabilizers because that's what they do - stabilize the trailer.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:32 AM   #18
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My statement is probably being taken incorrectly. The reason I emphasized "stabilize only at the rear bumper" as that's all they are on the Scamp- stabilizers! In my opinion, it doesnt matter HOW many places or times you stabilize any RV. But as gordon mentioned, Scamp appears to "encourage" using their "stabilizers" to "level" the trailer which can be VERY dangerous depending on your campsite! If you've never used Scamp's stabilizers, you have no idea what I'm talking about.

BUT, I will say this, I have two stabilizers on my Scamp. When I drop them and they're active, my Scamp doesnt rock and move. It's stabilized at 3 points- the two stabilizers and the jack. Glenn I notice you have a larger RV- 17' Escape? I havent owned one of those, but I HAVE noticed many times at campgrounds how the larger RV's will stabilize in 4 corners with "jacks". But for me, my 13' Scamp doesnt need it.... 3 points does the job.

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I don't understand why one would only stabilize at the rear. My trailer has four stabilizers, two at front and two at rear. I level side to side and then level front to back, using the jack.
And then I use all four stabilizers because that's what they do - stabilize the trailer.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:37 AM   #19
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Yes, when I'm too lazy or only staying overnight, I often can't be bothered to use any of the stabilizers on my 17.
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:50 PM   #20
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My statement is probably being taken incorrectly. The reason I emphasized "stabilize only at the rear bumper" as that's all they are on the Scamp- stabilizers! In my opinion, it doesnt matter HOW many places or times you stabilize any RV. But as gordon mentioned, Scamp appears to "encourage" using their "stabilizers" to "level" the trailer which can be VERY dangerous depending on your campsite! If you've never used Scamp's stabilizers, you have no idea what I'm talking about.

BUT, I will say this, I have two stabilizers on my Scamp. When I drop them and they're active, my Scamp doesnt rock and move. It's stabilized at 3 points- the two stabilizers and the jack. Glenn I notice you have a larger RV- 17' Escape? I havent owned one of those, but I HAVE noticed many times at campgrounds how the larger RV's will stabilize in 4 corners with "jacks". But for me, my 13' Scamp doesnt need it.... 3 points does the job.
We have Scamp's two rear stabilizers which we use just to stabilize, We also have a stabilizer at the door side front corner. We use none of these to level.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:33 PM   #21
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Anderson levelers

Sold on Anderson levelers, bought some last year and ran into a few others using them and all were very impressed with how light weight they were and didn't take up a lot lot of storage room.

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Sold on Anderson levelers, bought some last year and ran into a few others using them and all were very impressed with how light weight they were and didn't take up a lot lot of storage room.

I use the Andersons. They work great. It is important to remember to use you chock blocks whatever leveling method you have.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:36 PM   #23
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Go under the back bumper and the nut gets spun down to tighten against bumper. Then raise tongue a touch - stabilized. This picture is before I re-painted. They do work and hard to imagine a mechanical device with less to go wrong with it.
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:30 PM   #24
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Scamp Manual Says

From the owners manual supplied with my Scamp:

"Jacking up the trailer: On the trailer there are two min beams made out of 3 inch by 1 inch tubing, one on each side. Either of these can be used as a point to jack up the trailer. Jack should be placed close to the axle or toward the rear of the trailer, so that the whole weight of the trailer is not on one point. WARNING: The rear bumper jacks are not intended to be used as a jack for changing tires. A scissor jack, hydraulic jack, or a floor jack should be used. A jack is not supplied with the trailer."

There you have it, directly from the manufacturer.

Anything you use to keep the camper from jiggling or tilting on the rear or front of the trailer should not have a lot of weight on it. The tongue jack and tires should bear most of the weight (95 percent or more) at all times, unless the trailer is supported by a jack bearing on the frame as close as practical to the axle.

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Old 05-02-2016, 10:56 PM   #25
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I don't understand why one would only stabilize at the rear. My trailer has four stabilizers, two at front and two at rear. I level side to side and then level front to back, using the jack.
And then I use all four stabilizers because that's what they do - stabilize the trailer.
Our EggCamper came with stabilizers on the rear corners, and since I like a rock-solid camper (especially when stepping in and out of the camper), I added a jack as a stabilizer on each front corner (with PVC pipe cover to keep rain out of the jack's workings). I level side-to-side then front-to-back as Glenn describes, then I drop the front corner jacks with a little tension to stop side-to-side pitching in the front, and we're good to go. Dale
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Talking trailer stability

I use the BAL leveler on the lowest tire when on uneven ground, portable stackable aluminum stablizers under the frame where the tongue is attached, and the trailer's rear stabiizers' wheels chocked when not using the BAL. I also carry stacking leveling pads for use under the stabilizers on uneven/wet ground. I do love my BAL!
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I don't understand why one would only stabilize at the rear. My trailer has four stabilizers, two at front and two at rear. I level side to side and then level front to back, using the jack.
And then I use all four stabilizers because that's what they do - stabilize the trailer.
17' vs 13' maybe
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I really like the Andersons. But when I use them on concrete or asphalt one usually squirts out at high speed when pulling on or off. And if the ground is too soft they sink in.
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