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Old 05-23-2013, 02:03 PM   #57
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Mine may be a bit different- you pull them out to get them to release and then swing them down. But as I said, new may mean easier to work.

I skipped my usual walk around the trailer starting up the other day and so missed that the wheel jack was still down. (Back stabilizers were up.) It's good to get in the habit of always checking and I mean to add a bungee on the wheel jack as a reminder to swing it up.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #58
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Bobbie those sound like the same type that are on the Scamps.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:45 PM   #59
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I'm having trouble with the "pull out to release" part of your description, Bobbie- my stabilizers were mounted jut like the ones in this video- one has to push to release/drop down.
Are yours mounted in a different position?

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Oh, I think that's the same, but instead of pushing from inside I'm pulling to release from the jack. It's on a spring and pulls out and then swings down. That's what I figure might get harder to do as it gets older, and then I'd need the bar. I'll take some video later and show you. (Need to see if I can find the cutting board to cut in half, first, as I'm now parked on sand.)
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:20 AM   #61
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I could not get the extended arm to slide back up inside easily so I could then swing the arm up to catch. I think they probably had not been used in the last 5-6 years. My pal is coming in from the desert so we can have a look this weekend.
I have a hugh screwdriver that I'll try to see if it will work since I'm missing the bar crank (what cha ma call it)
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:36 AM   #62
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Wow, you folks are sure hacking up all those cutting boards - not me, mine is put aside for my "Learn How to Rivet" practice.
Wonder if anyone is actually using them as a cutting boards?
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I usually find documents like this genuine manual for the Atwood Stabilizer Jacks useful.

Personally, I have used these jacks (on a rented tent trailer) and I would not choose them for a new installation.
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I'm having trouble with the "pull out to release" part of your description, Bobbie- my stabilizers were mounted jut like the ones in this video- one has to push to release/drop down.
Are yours mounted in a different position?

Atwood Stabilizer Jack - YouTube

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The ones on Scamps when in there storage position on the bumper need to be pulled on towards the middle of the bumper before they will swing down, as Bobbie described. They also when you put them back up you need to pull on them again to get them to lock back in behind the bumper for travel.
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The ones on Scamps when in there storage position on the bumper need to be pulled on towards the middle of the bumper before they will swing down, as Bobbie described. They also when you put them back up you need to pull on them again to get them to lock back in behind the bumper for travel.
I'm thinking what Francesca does to push with the tool is the same as pulling from the other side? Anyway, they work! Mine are mounted at the far edges of the back bumper on the Campster. Definitely a nice addition.
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I suspect you correct Bobbie but the way mine are mounted tucked in behind the bumper its not possible to get the bar up between the bumper & the jack to do it that way.

BTW if you lubricate the jacks it does make them easier to get them out of their traveling position& back up. Also found when I got mine replaced I couldnt get them down by hand at first - had to loosen them off a *little* bit from the bumper to make it a bit easier to get them down. Have not had them fall down while traveling as some folks seem to have a problem with - suspect in those situations the jacks may have actually been attached a bit to loosely to the bumper.
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