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Old 11-24-2015, 09:06 PM   #29
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I don't need a step. It's attached to the trailer frame, and so are the stabilizers, so they take up no space that I need. I was just noting that jack stands take storage space.
Mine are not scissor jacks. They are arms ( or legs, if you want to argue ) that screw down to stabilize the trailer.
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:26 AM   #30
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I don't need a step. It's attached to the trailer frame, and so are the stabilizers, so they take up no space that I need. I was just noting that jack stands take storage space.
Mine are not scissor jacks. They are arms ( or legs, if you want to argue ) that screw down to stabilize the trailer.
I just added these to my LiL Snoozy. They work great.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:24 AM   #31
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I like Steve's idea best.:
Since Jon encouraged me...
The jacks are another thing to store but I would point out the screw mechanism detatches (it will fall out)and the frames nest reducing the space impact. Also, don't pack all four...

On deploying, rather than adjust the stabilizer under load, get it close, then give the tongue jack a couple of turns, give the stabilizer a final adjustment and back down the tongue jack as many turns as you raised it.

I'll probably end up mounting permanent stabilizers, someday, but this is working out pretty well for $30.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:00 AM   #32
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The Wanderers,

You mentioned in three messages that the jack is wobbly, insecure, leaning, etc. I would take a good look at that jack before I bothered with the stabilizers. The jack is not supposed to be anything like that, if it is, there is something structurally wrong with it. It could break when hitching up or unhitching the trailer and land on your feet.

The immediate problem is with the jack, not the stabilizers.

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Jim, I agree and that is going to be the first thing that we address because of the obvious safety issues. I looked at it last night after work but it was too dark to really do anything. I believe I'm going to put jack stand under the tongue just to ease the strain on the tongue jack while we figure out what's the issue. Thanx for your input.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:34 AM   #33
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Jim, I agree and that is going to be the first thing that we address because of the obvious safety issues. I looked at it last night after work but it was too dark to really do anything. I believe I'm going to put jack stand under the tongue just to ease the strain on the tongue jack while we figure out what's the issue. Thanx for your input.
If it's a welded-on side mount type, I recall reading somewhere on here that you can buy a replacement and swap out the guts, no welding required (assuming, of course, that the mounting bracket is not the problem).
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If it's a welded-on side mount type, I recall reading somewhere on here that you can buy a replacement and swap out the guts, no welding required (assuming, of course, that the mounting bracket is not the problem).
Jon, I'm going to put the jack stand under the tongue and complete a thorough exam of the existing jack stand to see where/if there is any weakness. It could simply be age, but as has been pointed out, it's a major safety issue. I'm afraid I may find its the mount point so I'm going to be careful until we get this sorted out.


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First: I went home at lunch and put the Craftsman Jack Stand under the tongue and stopped long enough to take a good look at the situation. I believe that my jack stand is leaning because of the angle on which the trailer is parked. I didn't take time to level side to side so the tongue is attempting to follow the slope of the hill.


Second: The tongue jack stand seems to be properly attached/welded to the mount point and their seems to more than a little welding work that has been done to reinforce the tongue area from the hitch point back and under the Scamp body. I'll get pictures later.


Third: I'm gonna need some instruction on how to level from side to side and have looked at some of the recommendations for various methods and equipment that others have suggested. I like the idea of the Anderson levelers but can't wrap my head around how they work.


So, I don't think we're as bad off as I originally believed. It's just my noob lack of experience and that's easy enough to over come if I can live long enough without making any serious mistakes. Just kidding...
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Bill, check out this You Tube video on the Anderson:

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I always forget of incredibly helpful YouTube can be for so many things, like this. Deploying them seems very simple. However, do you always use this on both sides? Or, is this an as needed, depending on terrain, equipment? Thanx
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Old 11-29-2015, 05:09 PM   #37
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I am a noobie too. I just bought a Scamp not long ago and got an Anderson Leveler. The thing is super easy to use. Last week was my first time using the trailer. I brought a small, say 8 inch long level with me. I checked for level in front of the trailer on top of the belly band, then put the Anderson leveler behind whatever wheel needed to come up, and backed on to it until I was level. You asked if you have to use it on both sides. If I understand your question correctly, no you just use on the side that needs to go up to make the trailer level. On the other side, as in other wheel, I put a chock block. In the case of both campsites I was in, the ground was not that sloped, so I only had to back on to the first part of the Anderson, so I was about an inch up. I am not sure what kind of trailer you have, but with my Scamp, the first time I tried to use this, I tried to drive forward over the Anderson. Well that was a mistake as it got lodged between the tire and the frame, kind of underneath the main door. I ended up having to jack the wheel up with my Tow vehicle jack to get it dislodged, so though this thing is damn simple, I still still found a way to do it incorrectly with my trailer. Now every time, I back on to it.
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Yo, HappyScamper! Thanks for that good advice. We haven't been out yet in our '93 Scamp because we're still working on making it road ready, but I sure do appreciate your advice. Happy Trails!
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Front-to-back at the tongue, side-to-side at the wheels. Stabilizers to stabilize, not lift.
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Agree. Check that jack.
I am often too lazy to deploy the stabilizers ( front or back ) if only staying overnight ( or if it's raining ).
And if staying only overnight I'll level as best I can without unhooking from the car.
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