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Old 10-27-2011, 06:22 PM   #15
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Hi Richard,

You have enough opinions to show that there are many possibilities, all of which will work. Like Byron and mcbrew, we use two rear jack-stand-type stabilizers welded on the back bumper that came with the trailer originally, which also level the trailer side to side to a modest degree. We lower the tongue until the rear stabilizers can be deployed, then raise the tongue back up to level. We have two tongue jacks installed, one on each side of the tongue (one with wheels). Using both tongue jacks usually allows us to level it side to side as well if the ground is moderately level. If not, I have occasionally put one piece of ĺ inch plywood under a wheel. Picture attached.

Unless there is something seriously wrong with the ground level, the whole process takes less than 5 minutes and provides a solid footing when we are inside. We donít lift the trailer enough to put the wheels off the ground, just enough to put some of the load on the rest of the frame. Easy and effective.

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Thanks Rick
First, let me explain I have not had my new (2000) Casita out and was trying to figure out what I was going to do and how, when I first do venture out.
I have enough input now to know I was likely over estimating what I was going to need to do.
I am presently set up in my driveway which is not even and where I have had to make adjustments to make the trailer level even though we are only storing it here.
I was trying to determine why I the previous owners used front levelers (other than the tongue) if the manufacturer only provided 2 in the rear.
Now I know, its an option and I can use what I need to, if I am not comfortable or if I just want to :-)
Thanks again. Now I can't wait to get out!
Richard
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:22 PM   #16
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Take it on a short trip to try it out. Bring a pencil and pad to note "surprises" that may turn up and mods that you might want to make.

I did that a year ago and found the wash basin was cracked in an inconspicuous place. My favorite RV parts store got me a new one in a few days. It is a generic part. The mods are ongoing but fun.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:36 PM   #17
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Good suggestion.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #18
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I always used 4 "stack-a-jack" units on my Boler 17. My "new" Bigfoot has 4 "crank-down" units installed. (Hint - use a cordless drill to power them up & down - just like expen$ive power units!)
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I probably shouldn't admit this but I need to 'shape-up' and 'clean-up-my-act', I can see!

When enroute, I have never used a jack. As long as the level is not so far out that the refrigerator doesn't work, I'm just fine. Guess this is because we also have a cruising sailboat and "level" is a word that isn't in sailboat vocabulary, but "heel" is! :>)

When disconnected from the tow vehicle I have a couple of those aluminum screw-type camper stands. I just set it somewhere under the rear bumper so when we both get in the back the tongue doesn't fly up.

That's what I like about the Scamp over the Avion that sits while the Scamp goes. With the Scamp, folks can fuss as much or as little as they want. We choose the latter and we love our Scamp! :>)
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:03 PM   #20
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Hi Richard,

You have enough opinions to show that there are many possibilities, all of which will work. Like Byron and mcbrew, we use two rear jack-stand-type stabilizers welded on the back bumper that came with the trailer originally, which also level the trailer side to side to a modest degree. We lower the tongue until the rear stabilizers can be deployed, then raise the tongue back up to level. We have two tongue jacks installed, one on each side of the tongue (one with wheels). Using both tongue jacks usually allows us to level it side to side as well if the ground is moderately level. If not, I have occasionally put one piece of ĺ inch plywood under a wheel. Picture attached.

Unless there is something seriously wrong with the ground level, the whole process takes less than 5 minutes and provides a solid footing when we are inside. We donít lift the trailer enough to put the wheels off the ground, just enough to put some of the load on the rest of the frame. Easy and effective.

Rick G.
Thanks to all for all the help. Now, just got to get going :-)
Richard
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I would elaborate further on post #16 said.

Just stay in it one night in your driveway. That way, all the support you might need, more blankets, bathroom, shelter, etc. is right at hand.

Plus you will never camp cheaper!

I remember us trying to sleep in our sailboat on the trailer. Good thing we did it in the driveway. The mosquitoes found more ways to get inside than we could have guessed. Needless to say, we retreated inside the house forthwith.
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