DIY stabilizers

Discussion in 'Stabilizing Your Camper' started by zak99b5, May 20, 2020.

  1. zak99b5

    zak99b5 Active Member

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    I’ve been mulling my options on how to make the camper more stable. As I was checking it out I realized one problem is that there’s absolutely no support under the rear bunk. The crank-down stabs are 22” fore of the rear wall.

    So I noticed the frame rail extensions that the rear bed supports mount to (as well as the rear bumper) are the farthest thing back, and getting some support directly under them should stop a lot of movement.

    I was looking at the Valterra stabilizer, but I’m cheap, and it only has support in one direction. So I devised my own version. Best of all, it was totally free, made with stuff I had laying around.

    As you can see in the pics, the top piece of wood (old loading skid) has a channel in it. This allows it to grip the corner of the frame rail. The top piece also adds triangulation to the leg.

    I shook the camper (level with stabs down but not opened) before, and it was easy to rock it a bit. Installed the legs, snugged the ratchet strap, and tried again—basically zero movement. Real test will be when the bed is deployed, but so far I am very happy with it.

    Now to stabilize the front jack with some homemade tie bar......
     

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    Looks good!
     
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    Good problem solving!
     
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    Found a cargo bar at Harbor Freight to steady the tongue jack and stabilize the camper fore and aft.

    5BB3FA32-E084-45C5-A8CB-C5F11DF70953.jpeg F3F8067A-83DD-465D-8C79-677EA2D40B89.jpeg

    The wrong-sized wheel foot is just temporary. Getting a swing-down Fastway Flip jack foot.
     
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    Well, with the one cargo bar the Jack wobbled less, but still wobbled. So I second cargo bar.

    There's no stop on the ends of the front frame member to keep the bar from sliding off, so I bought two small C clamps to make stops.

    Now both bars are snugged between each front corner and the Jack foot. Combines with my add-on rear stabilizers, the camper is rock solid.
     
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    If you want the tongue jack to have less play and wobble, loose the wheel and install a pad and use something like Lynx Levelers under it, so you don't need to extend it as much to achieve fore and aft levelness..
     
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    06455082-CDC4-47A6-B359-09B8E85CF393.jpeg The wheel was temporary, for storage over the offseason. I have a flip down jack foot on it now.

    here are pics of the setup. 96AF46D2-ABF1-450A-AE38-67AB5BBD9FFB.jpeg
    This pic is sideways. Left is top.
     
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    I believe I can build that and I have a new router I need to test, yippee. You made my day!
     
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    Great work and inventive, but please be careful the "bumper" on most Pop-ups are just ornamental and can not handle any weight.
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    Well, the DIY stabs are on the frame rail, not the bumper. If they couldn't hold any weight, why are they load-bearing for the rear bunk?
     
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    Very good point! Just wanted to pass on advice that was given to me when I wanted to add a storage box to my bumper.
     

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