Removing Wobble

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  1. McFlyfi

    McFlyfi Well-Known Member

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    I struggled with how to mount these- 2 on each corner, with one north south and one east west? Or one on each corner pointing around the camper.
    I settled on one on each corner- right rear north-south, right front east-west, left front north south, and left rear east west.
    They sell them as a pair so you can lock out motion in both directions. Could you figure a way to have one on a north south plane and one on an east west plane? East west on the rear and north south on the front?
     
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    If I run the lock arm side to side on the rear, then I would wind up creating a very shallow angle. So the bracing would not be very effective. The stab already slants in that direction when deployed.

    I don’t think the front needs stiffening as much since they are between the wheels and tongue jack already. It’s the rear that needs it the most since they are aft of the wheels, and pretty far in from the end of the rear bunk. In fact, the entire rear bunk has no support directly under it.

    I’m going to adapt the Valtera design (trapezoid with a ratchet strap on the bottom) and add some support to the rear bumper. That’s where the poles for the rear bunk mount.
     
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    Odd thought while looking at my phone today. They have built in inclinometers... Is there a trustworthy app that you can put your phone flat on a surface and it acts as an x/y leveler? I specifically ask trustworthy, as there is some sketchy stuff out there...
     
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    The built in level app on an iPhone works well, but you can’t get away from the limitation of using such a short level. A two-foot bubble level will be more accurate for a camper. No app needed.
     
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    And they dont need power.
     
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    Has anyone here tried the 2x4 and rachet strap DIY Stabilzer that you see on Youtube? If so, do they work and just how much do they work? I am toying with the idea to try...just wondering if anyone has tried it and has advice. Thanks!
     
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    Eric Webber Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Love it. How did you fasten them to the frame? Did you have to weld?
     
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    There is a bracket supplied with the lock arms for the ball end to go into.
    On my trailer, there is a "skirt" frame around the perimeter of the load bearing frame. It's like 1/8th inch steel. I just marked the brackets, drilled holes, and mounted them with the self tapping screws that came with it.
     
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    Eric Webber Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    My camper is the twin brother to yours, so that will work.

    Thanks!

    I'm doing a seasonal site, so a couple of extra steps in setup are worth feeling closer to on a foundation
     
  11. Anthony Hitchings

    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    we use a torpedo level for side to side levelling, it has a stringline bubble taped on top at one end, which allows us to calculate the amount of blocking height required under the low wheel. The stringline level is graduated for slope in 1/8" per ft tick marks.

    For front to rear levelling we use a stick-on level on the tongue, we use it with the bubble a known amount off center because the mounting location is not in the same plane as the camper floor.

    This setup works very well on an Aliner.
     

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