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Old 05-12-2018, 05:16 PM   #1
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I just picked up a new-to-me 1975 Trillium 1300. I'm not sure what kind of stabilizers to use. There is only about 8" of clearance at the back. I have stackable stabilizers, but they are 11" at their shortest. The frame is original, I will eventually replace it, so for now I need something portable (jacks that are not welded on). So far it looks like scissor jacks might be my only option. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
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Old 05-12-2018, 05:35 PM   #2
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My buddy sticks a couple axle stands under his Trill rear bumper. Canadian Tire.
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I shortened a pair of the stabilizers, later found a pair of shorter ones made by Stromberg Carlson and are a plastic type material. The S C's are no longer made as far as I know.
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We had a pair of scissor jacks welded onto the frame at the rear of the trailer. We seldom use front jacks unless we are stay for more than one night. The we use the pyramid crank jacks.
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Old 05-13-2018, 02:21 PM   #5
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Jenny..

The BAL folks make a grand little trailer stabilizer that they call a LIGHT TRAILER STABILIZING JACK

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I attached one to each end of the rear bumper of my 1975, 1300 Trillium and they work like a charm.. It's an easy install, only required drilling 2 holes into the bumper and 1 hole into the frame.. It is like this product was designed to fit our Trillium's..

You can probably go into your nearby RV shop and if they don't have a pair on the shelf they can probably get them in a couple of days..

Hope this helps..
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If your stabilizers are only an inch or so too short to fit under your frame, you could pull your trailer wheels up onto wood planks. That would increase the ground-to-frame distance a bit.
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a couple axle stands . . .
I have several automotive jack stands. I have used them with our camper too. My shortest ones are 11 inches. For me, they are not the ideal solution because they adjust incrementally instead of screwing upward into position.
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Hello!

I just picked up a new-to-me 1975 Trillium 1300. I'm not sure what kind of stabilizers to use. There is only about 8" of clearance at the back. I have stackable stabilizers, but they are 11" at their shortest. The frame is original, I will eventually replace it, so for now I need something portable (jacks that are not welded on). So far it looks like scissor jacks might be my only option. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
I have been using some small scissor jacks for the same reason, but eventually I will get some fold down stabilizers. They work just fine for now but my choice was actually made because I got them for just a few bucks. I had way too many other things to buy so I went for the cost savings option
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I always travel with 2 junk yard economy car scissor jacks in the tow vehicle. They are 3.5" tall, 15 " long, and 3" wide. I can place them anywhere under the trailer. They go up to 12" tall. Cost $6 each. They have been a great help when the fold down, welded on stabilizers were too close to be swung into place.
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The disadvantage of scissors jacks is they are designed for lifting, not stabilizing. If the trailer does shift, they tip over easily, especially sideways.

If you go that route as a temporary measure (and I'm not seeing any off-the-shelf, free-standing alternative with only 8" of clearance), you will want to avoid sloping sites, keep most of the weight on the wheels, and chock solidly. You might want to consider BAL or Anderson levelers for the wheels with integrated chocking function.

As an alternative, a bolt-on installation of Atwood or BAL stabilizers could be swapped onto the new frame when the time comes. It would depend on how much you plan to raise the suspension, of course. Product specs include a working height range.
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It seems to me there might be a market for a smaller version of those stackable, pyramid-shaped, screw-type stabilizers. I would buy them.
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