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Old 11-18-2013, 11:03 PM   #1
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I need to have some kind of stabilizers installed on my 13ft. Scamp. Not sure what my choices are but I don't like crawling around in the dirt trying to fit the jacks under the bumper etc. There must be another way. I'm open to suggestions
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:37 PM   #2
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I need to have some kind of stabilizers installed on my 13ft. Scamp. Not sure what my choices are but I don't like crawling around in the dirt trying to fit the jacks under the bumper etc. There must be another way. I'm open to suggestions
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I love my Bal stabilizers...
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #3
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I need to have some kind of stabilizers installed on my 13ft. Scamp. Not sure what my choices are but I don't like crawling around in the dirt trying to fit the jacks under the bumper etc. There must be another way. I'm open to suggestions
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Before I installed the BAL stabilizers I had the stock "kickstands".Having the same issues with them as you do, I simply welded flat steel handles on them which extended up behind the bumper and allowed me to deploy them from above the bumper by just pushing the handles outward.


In another application I bought square nesting size sign post material and made stabilizers for all four corners of my LoveBug.Simple and very easy to deploy. Here are some pics...
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:53 PM   #4
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That looks wonderful. Where can I have them installed?
Is that a "hand-crank?" Is there such a thing as pushing a button?
P.S. I'm not really a wimp!
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:51 AM   #5
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I need to have some kind of stabilizers installed on my 13ft. Scamp. Not sure what my choices are but I don't like crawling around in the dirt trying to fit the jacks under the bumper etc. There must be another way. I'm open to suggestions
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Typically Scamp comes with drop down stabilizers. They are bolted to the rear bumper, swing down, extend to the ground.
To me they're easier to use than the crank down kind. Check with Scamp, I'm sure they have them for sale.
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Not as elegant but they work............


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Walmart or any junk yard. Raz
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etrailer.com has the drop down stabilizers. I have them on the rear, and use shortened screw type on the front. I use one of those flat garden knee pads so I'm not kneeling in the dirt.
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That looks wonderful. Where can I have them installed?
Is that a "hand-crank?" Is there such a thing as pushing a button?
P.S. I'm not really a wimp!
You can add a motor option to the BAL stabilizers, but then you're talking $$$.
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That looks wonderful. Where can I have them installed?
Is that a "hand-crank?" Is there such a thing as pushing a button?
P.S. I'm not really a wimp!
Sandy, what is easy to use, and something we do at times, is use a small 12V impact driver with an extension and a 3/4" socket on it. Lickety split they go, though really, hand cranking is not too bad either.

I have this kit, but only take the impact driver. I got my kit reconditioned, and it had a real handy flashlight in it too.



I added a small 1/4" ratchet to this Impact Accessory Kit, for maintenance use. I have eliminated a bunch of big wrenches from my repair kit. It has all that is need to adapt to the stabilizers.
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You can add a motor option to the BAL stabilizers, but then you're talking $$$.
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You can also bring an electric drill (either cordless or corded if you are on sites with 120V) and a socket with you and use that instead of the crank.
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You can add a motor option to the BAL stabilizers, but then you're talking $$$.
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Wowser! Three of us posting pretty much the same thing all at the same time...

Probably cheaper to use a cordless driver (not an impact driver I would think) and a socket. I don't bother, though and just use the crank that comes with it. I usually crank it about halfway down, toss a plastic "lego" pad down, poke it into position with the crank end and roll (crank) the stabilizer the rest of the way down. It only takes about 30 seconds each. I'm not trying to lift the trailer so I wouldn't need a big honkin' driver if I went that route.

One of my better mods for me. I hated those drop down stabilzers that came with the Casita.
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The BALs are great. If you add the stabilizer arms, it has been my experience that trailer "shake" is further reduced.
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The BALs are great. If you add the stabilizer arms, it has been my experience that trailer "shake" is further reduced.
They make arms for the ones similar to the style pictured in post #6 and they need them.
The ones I have pictured in post #2 have their own frame crossmember and are nearly as stable as a house foundation.
With a 2000# capacity on each foot, I use them to jack the trailer up for service or for storage, rock stable even for repacking wheel bearings,checking brakes etc.
Of course the Scamp 13 is no challenge for them.
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Stabilizers

Thanks so much. I will probably go with the BAL but first I better crawl under and be sure I don't already have something there, never thought to do that. I am definitely not mechanical
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