Stabilizing Jacks - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-02-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hi,

I have just purchased a 14' Surfside and I need to some stabiling jacks. Any suggestions of how many I need and what type to buy? I can see where they got the surfside name because I need sea legs to walk in it

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Old 06-02-2006, 10:26 PM   #2
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Congrats Kevin! It's always fun to get a trailer.

Here's a selection of the types of stabilizers available. This happens to be the listing from J.C. Whitney, but all of them are common types and available from a variety of sources.

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Most trailers come equipped with the third ones in the list. They bolt to the bumper and stay attached to the trailer. They're simple and inexpensive.

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Old 06-02-2006, 10:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Roger,

I will go this weekend and buy a pair of the ones you mentioned. Thanks for the help.

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Old 06-03-2006, 07:30 AM   #4
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I used the aluminum crank up type. The two that came on the back had been torn off by a previous owner. They come 4 in a pack. Since I had the extra two, I use two on the front as well. Really makes it solid. Mine were suppose to be temporary until I could have some welded on, but they are so easy to use that I never did anything else. I remove the front two, then crank it down a couple of cranks and the rear ones just slide out. Very simple.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:40 AM   #5
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My trailer came with 2 screw-type jack stands which I use in the rear. I bought 2 scissor jacks for foreign cars at a junk yard for $4 each. I use those under the frame in front. Solid as a rock.
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:13 PM   #6
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I purchased 2 scissor type jacks from a junk yard also....mine were $5.00 each. I'm going to attach them to the underside of the rear bumper. Don't know yet if I will weld them or bolt them.

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Old 06-07-2006, 11:19 PM   #7
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Don't know yet if I will weld them or bolt them.
As someone who is continuously making mistakes, and having to correct them, I would Bolt them on. But that's just me.
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:30 PM   #8
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We have a pair of the same type jacks and we leave them free, so we can place them wherever we want/need to!!!

IMHO, bolting/welding them on could possibly result in some serious "bottoming out" in some whoops n dips found in our area, but its YOUR KAWL!!!!
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Kevin,
I would humbly suggest getting something like # 2 on that list or scissor jacks! The #3 came on our Casita as OEM and you'll find yourself CRAWLING around when they decide to hang up(always when it's raining and you've driven 12 hrs and its dark and the mosquitoes have come out to FEED and you're DINNER) Did I mention that I know from personal experience......
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Old 06-08-2006, 01:34 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I went out today and bought choice #1, the aluminum crank up type. My trailer has a cheesy looking angle iron bumper with a make shift spare tire holder. I will wait to see what I come up with for a bumper replacement before I concider permanently attaching stabilizers.

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Old 06-08-2006, 09:24 AM   #11
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For what it's worth, I have four of the standard screw type with the square base. They have always worked well for me, but have two shortcomings.

The biggest problem has been keeping the small (1.5" diameter) pad on top to stay in contant with the frame beam I want to support. What I'm going to do with my set for the Fiber Stream is find some tall U channel that matches the trailer frame, and weld small pieces to each jack top.

A second issue is the square bottom metal frame has a very small area, and often sinks into softer ground. I am going to make a set of dedicated jack pads with two pieces of 1/2" plywood, the bottom piece about 1" bigger around than the pad, and the secons to fit within the jack's frame. Glue together, and paint, and I'm done!

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Old 06-08-2006, 02:36 PM   #12
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Hi Kevin, I use the aluminum stands and usually without the screws.....I carry an assortment of wood pieces from 1/2" - 1 1/2" thick and find it much easier to use them than to screw the jack......In the last 4 years I`ve used the screws once, I believe, because of the height required......I use these wood pieces as chocks, and a lot of other uses.....Benny
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:11 PM   #13
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I'm with Chuck on this one. I use the telescopic jacks offered by Scamp, and they seem almost perfect. First and perhaps best, they're always there when I want them, tucked into the rear bumper channel The time saved not looking for them or marking my mental checklists is priceless. These jacks just follow me wherever I go, I can't seem to shake 'em. Also I appreciate that they're bolted securely to the trailer, and nothing can shift or slide out of whack. Finally, because they extend at a set angle from the trailer toward the ground, they seem more stable, less inclined to failures due to excessive inclination.

Plus, they were cheap ($35 a set) and I had holes pre-drilled for them.

But they're not perfect. Why? They won't jack up the trailer to change a tire.
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The biggest problem has been keeping the small (1.5" diameter) pad on top to stay in contant with the frame beam I want to support. What I'm going to do with my set for the Fiber Stream is find some tall U channel that matches the trailer frame, and weld small pieces to each jack top.
Don't see why you wouldn't McGuyver up something with the plywood and glue while you have it out for the bases. Make the U out of plywood and drill a 1.5" hole part way through.
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