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Old 09-12-2018, 01:29 PM   #1
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HELP ! I am looking for a solution,

I have a bad back, the Doctor has told me not to lift anything that weights more than 10 lbs.

I am looking for a way to leveling my Casita 17. without any lifting. I know the bigger rigs have electric leveling devices.

Does anyone know of a leveling system for a travel trailer.? I have an electric jack attached to the front of the trailer now.
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i use a curved wedge leveler under the low side tire, drive up onto it til the trailer is level left-to-right, then unhitch and use the nose jack to level front-to-rear. these wedges are individually quite light. once the trailer is at the right height left-right, you then put a chock wedge under the 'thin' side of the wedge, as well as chock the other tire.

I hate the style of stabilizers that the Casitas come with, BAL stabilizers, which use a screw something like half a scissors jack, are much better, you can put them up/down with a battery powered electric drill and a 3/4" socket, instead of the supplied crank.

especially if you're camping solo, you don't actually *need* the stabilizers down... they are just so when one person is walking around the trailer, the other person doesn't feel as much bouncing.


re curved wedge levelers, the best known brand is Andersen, but I'm now boycotting them, and would likely get these if I was buying them now.
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Curved-.../dp/B06XPDKJN7
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HELP ! I am looking for a solution,

I have a bad back, the Doctor has told me not to lift anything that weights more than 10 lbs.

I am looking for a way to leveling my Casita 17. without any lifting. I know the bigger rigs have electric leveling devices.

Does anyone know of a leveling system for a travel trailer.? I have an electric jack attached to the front of the trailer now.
Do a search on LIPPERT Component company..... Ground
Control TT. That is an automatic leveling system designed for travel trailers. You will of course also need to find someone who can install it. There is a specific electric tounge jack that goes with this to create a coordinated leveling system. I have no experience with it but no doubt there is a YouTube video showing it in action. I will let you find your own links.
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Do a search on LIPPERT Component company..... Ground
Control TT. That is an automatic leveling system designed for travel trailers. You will of course also need to find someone who can install it. There is a specific electric tounge jack that goes with this to create a coordinated leveling system. I have no experience with it but no doubt there is a YouTube video showing it in action. I will let you find your own links.
I'm not sure the Casita rear frame is strong enough to hold the whole weight of the trailer without reinforcement.
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I was thinking that, too, John. But when I looked at KC's link, it appears to have motorhome-style vertical jacks near the axle(s) together with BAL-style stabilizers at the corners. Exactly as should be.

Could be wrong because I was just going by the pictures and not a detailed description of the whole system. But I was impressed.

Pretty pricey, no doubt, but if it makes the difference between staying at home and continuing to travel in spite of physical challenges, that's a good thing.
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I was thinking that, too, John. But when I looked at KC's link, it appears to have motorhome-style vertical jacks near the axle(s) together with BAL-style stabilizers at the corners. Exactly as should be.

Could be wrong because I was just going by the pictures and not a detailed description of the whole system. But I was impressed.

Pretty pricey, no doubt, but if it makes the difference between staying at home and continuing to travel in spite of physical challenges, that's a good thing.
those look MUCH beefier than the BAL stabilizers, and again, I'm not sure you can safely lift the back of a casita by the rear of its frame. maybe if you installed just 2 of these near the jack points just behind the axles, and then used the nose jack for the 3rd point.

edit: OH, first look, I missed the vertical pistons... hmmm. i wonder if there's enough clearance under the Casita for that??
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There are other versions of trailer power leveling jacks from Lippert and other companies with similar products.

https://www.etrailer.com/search/Electric+Leveling+Jacks

If the frame needs reinforcing or some other modification then that becomes part of the installation. If one must have a powered assist for leveling then within reason a person will do what it takes to make it happen. Reinforcement of a frame is within reason since the installer is already going to be making modification to the frame to mount the leveling system. In the long run the frame will then be stronger which is not a terrible thing other than it adds extra weight.
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John, I just saw your edit and removed my post.
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always check the manual before jacking up camper

Always check the manual (or in the case of Casita, could even check with the manufacturer) before jacking the camper off the ground, i.e., more than 15% of the weight of the trailer. Generally I would only use a jack to lift 50% of the weight of the camper close to the axle, e.g., for changing tires. Jacking anywhere else under the frame runs the risk of twisting the frame. Using the tongue jack and corner jacks to stabilize the camper after it has been leveled left to right generally involves holding less than 15% of the weight of the camper.

It is very easy to bend or twist the frame of a Trillium, Boler, or Burro. Definitely beef up the frame if you wish to jack the entire camper off the ground from a corner or from the tongue! Edit: And yes most tongue jacks are easily capable of lifting the camper off the ground wheels and all, but of course if I tried this my camper's frame would simply fold up!
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Don, what are you doing now that requires lifting more than 10 pounds? I believe that with your current equipment, you shouldn't have to lift more than 10 pounds.

I previously "man-handled" the tongue and trailer to get it in position. I hurt my shoulder doing it and now I avoid doing this or get help.

Also, you can buy a powered device for moving the camper.
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i use a curved wedge leveler under the low side tire, drive up onto it til the trailer is level left-to-right, then unhitch and use the nose jack to level front-to-rear. these wedges are individually quite light. once the trailer is at the right height left-right, you then put a chock wedge under the 'thin' side of the wedge, as well as chock the other tire.

I hate the style of stabilizers that the Casitas come with, BAL stabilizers, which use a screw something like half a scissors jack, are much better, you can put them up/down with a battery powered electric drill and a 3/4" socket, instead of the supplied crank.

especially if you're camping solo, you don't actually *need* the stabilizers down... they are just so when one person is walking around the trailer, the other person doesn't feel as much bouncing.


re curved wedge levelers, the best known brand is Andersen, but I'm now boycotting them, and would likely get these if I was buying them now.
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Curved-.../dp/B06XPDKJN7


John, I have one of the Andersons. It works great. Should I be boycotting them?
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Boycott is up to you. If an exec/owner of a firm that sell recreational equipment defaces a national monument, do you buy stuff from that firm? It's Andersen, not Anderson. Story link below.


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Gelnn, do you know what the end result was, fine, jail time, or what?
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Gelnn, do you know what the end result was, fine, jail time, or what?

I do not.
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