I hope you aren't making the same mistake I was with my first camper and using the stabilizers as "jacks". I used to stick the rod in the hole and jack the back up a couple of clicks. The type used on Scamps and most small campers are simply meant to stabilize the camper from tipping, and just need to be dropped to the ground. Some have mentioned lowering the tongue a little from level, dropping the stabilizers to the ground, and then raising the tongue back to a level position. That works for us.
You should never need to poke the rod through the hole and "jack" the stabilizers up. I believe the only purpose of having the rod is to enable releasing the stabilizers so they can be stowed. I never have to use my rod since I just lower the tongue when breaking camp and that relieves the pressure on the stabilizers.
It always helps to put blocks under the stabilizers so they don't have to be extended too far, since the more extension they have, the less stable the camper will be.
Dave (AKA John) and Marilyn
04 Dodge Dakota Quad cab 4.7 (primary TV)
08 Subaru Outback 2.5 (alternate TV)