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crowwing 03-24-2016 10:13 AM

With these stabilizers practice and patience pays off. As suggested already I lower my front before extending the stabilizers. If your on an uneven sight eyeball the level you want than raise the front jack until your level. I think the main thing is to realize they are stabilizers and not jacks.
Darral T. 'jerk' was enough to explain your experience, 'old' is something everyone (or the lucky ones) grasp sooner or later.

Darral T. 03-24-2016 10:22 AM

It wasnt a jab against the "older" population as I'm old myself. It was a point that has been discussed in other groups MANY times about this same person. He was believed to be an older family member biding his time and didnt care how he treated others (and there's been 10-15 more posts through the years about the SAME treatment). Fortunately for me, I dont mind reading/studying to figure something out. But there's been many people that go there knowing basically nothing about an RV and knew about as much about their new Scamp when they left as they did before they arrived. Hopefully he's gone.

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Originally Posted by crowwing (Post 577835)
With these stabilizers practice and patience pays off. As suggested already I lower my front before extending the stabilizers. If your on an uneven sight eyeball the level you want than raise the front jack until your level. I think the main thing is to realize they are stabilizers and not jacks.
Darral T. 'jerk' was enough to explain your experience, 'old' is something everyone (or the lucky ones) grasp sooner or later.


ASW 03-24-2016 10:50 AM

As a new user to this forum I am amazed and grateful for the many helpful responses. For now we are using the car scissors jack in the middle of the bumper to raise it in order to raise and lower the Scamp jacks. The metal rod was too difficult. In the future the stabilizers may be the best solution for me.

Radar1 03-24-2016 10:57 AM

Ann,
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.

ASW 03-24-2016 11:16 AM

Yes I did initially make the mistake of using the bar as a jack.

kdhanso 03-24-2016 11:20 AM

Good video from Arizona Eileen. This Casita has the same stabilizers as a Scamp.
http://youtu.be/EzWRYHC-sFg


Ken

Jim in De Pere 03-24-2016 05:41 PM

Scamp Jacks (Stabilizer() issues
 
I concur with all of the statements on the post. Clean and painted stsbiliers work very good. I have also sprayed them with a silicone spray which will stay on the painted surface longer than just WD 40 and will not pick up road dirt which cause the parts not to function correctly. Good luck.

gordon2 03-24-2016 08:14 PM

In case you want to read even more about the proper use of stabilizer jacks... this hot off the presses:
How to Stabilize Your RV - RV Life


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