Changing stabilizer jacks

Discussion in 'Stabilizing Your Camper' started by mpotapa, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. mpotapa

    mpotapa Member

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    I have a 1992 jayco 1206 and want to change the stabilizer jacks from what I currently have to the scissor lift kind. One of my jacks doesn't stay up unless I use a zip tie or something to hold it and another bottom plate is busted. I was going to take them off and add the scissor jacks but wasn't sure what it entails. Once it warms up I was going to take a look under my camper to check out what needs to be done but was wondering if anyone has done this.
     
  2. arthuruscg

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    The scissor stabilizers can't usually be mounted in place of the swing down stabilizers. Etrailer sells replacement swing downs, for $20 each.
    It sounds like you need just 1 and can move the bottom leg from the one that doesn't lock to the one with the busted foot.
     
  3. mpotapa

    mpotapa Member

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    Do you happen to know if the swing down kind are screwed in or welded?
     
  4. arthuruscg

    arthuruscg Active Member

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    Usually they are bolt mounted but they can be welded.
     
  5. mpotapa

    mpotapa Member

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    Thanks for the info. I would rather bolt mount them since I would have to borrow a welder from someone.
     
  6. mpotapa

    mpotapa Member

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    After looking at mine it appears they are welded on. I don't see where it would be bolted. Now I have to figure out how I can switch out the broken ones. The good news is I have a lot of time before I plan on going camping.
     
  7. jayco1997

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    you may be able to take a grinding wheel or cutting wheel, remove the ones you have and than you can drill holes and add the bolted ones to replace your old stabilizers.
     
  8. mpotapa

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    Yeah, I might do that. Once it warms up a bit I'll jack up the trailer and take a better look. I really want to fix this one up so I can use it for awhile before I buy a brand new one. The stabilizer jacks and porta potti are two of the main things I want to do right away.
     
  9. highlander70

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    If for some reason your not able to replacing the stock stabilizer jacks, check out the jack stand style stabilizer on the big auction site, you can get a 2 pack for about 25 bucks and they are the twist style, you twist and the jack stand goes up. I am planning on getting these for the front of our pup.
    My pup has 2 jacks in back but only one up front and when the kids start running around you can feel the pup sway so I plan to use them up front for more stability
     
  10. jayco1997

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    highlander70 can you tell me what the big auction site is? I never heard of it and would like to check it out. Thanks!
     
  11. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Consider something like THIS instead of a scissor jack. They crank up and down but don't have the bulk of a scissor jack -- and they probably weigh less, too.
     
  12. efehser

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    I bought what U_T recommended, you'll probably have to grind or cut off the swing down jacks. Jayco had a habit of welding them on. Then the new ones bolt on to the frame, easy install.
     
  13. MileHigh

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    I have 4 of what UT recommended. They work great and just bolted to the PUP.
     
  14. Katskamper

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    thanks for the link to the bolt on stabz
     
  15. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    When I bought my TT it had 2 swing down jacks at the rear and the screw jack at the front.
    I bought 4 scissor jack stabilizers from HF. I removed the 2 in the rear and bolted them to the frame, then drilled holes in the front and installed the other two, it made a big difference on making the unit more solid. HF numbers Haul-MasterĀ®- item#96406
     
  16. Ryan Raymond

    Ryan Raymond New Member

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    Any reason why you should not install the scissor type stabilizers on your PUP? I want to upgrade/ replace my swing-downs as they are damaged/worn and frankly difficult to use if the ground is not level as they can't swing down when the ground is higher on once side.
     
  17. ezakoske

    ezakoske Active Member

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    Folks on here have installed scissor jacks without issue. They have also installed the crank-down stabilizers which are linked in the thread above.
     
  18. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    More information is needed. Stabilizers only swing down to touch the ground and do not need to be fully extended.
     
  19. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I used the stabilizer jacks from HF, when i bought my TT it only had 2 stabilizers on the rear. I bought a set of scissor jacks at HF and installed them, I did have to drill a couple of holes thru the frame, they work great for stabilizing my unit. remember they are only for stabilizing and if used incorrectly that can bend or warp the frame.
     
  20. Balthisar

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    This started happening to me a couple of years ago. Coincidentally, that's when my torsion axle was finally bottomed out, meaning that my pup was sitting too close to the ground. I had to constantly raise and lower the tongue jack in order to get all of the stabs down, leading me to replace it with the power jack when it broke. If I'd thought to replace the axle sooner, I'd've been happy to install another manual jack.
     

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