Stabilizers.... I don't have any, yet??

Discussion in 'Stabilizing Your Camper' started by Haybale, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I don't have any stabilizers, in the driveway I used 2 automotive jack stands that fit in the brackets near perfect. But for camping and storage ( I'm limited) I want to get stabilizers or use scissor jacks. I have 1 scissor jack, and soon will have a couple more (from the junk yard, a buddy scraps cars so they are free).

    My question is should I just get these for under $40??
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/151028076825

    Try to mount (free used) scissor jacks?

    Buy the crank down stabilizers?

    Stick with the jack stands?

    So far I would go with the 2 stabilizers for $40 shipped, it seem like the easiest and most reliable option.

    keep in mind this is a small 8ft box pup, well under 1,000lbs

    Thanks for you opinions to help a newb out!!
     
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    Snow Well-Known Member

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    I wold go with crank down stabs...

    The auto jacks would work, if they are all the same (from the same Y/M/M) and have them welded to the frame at each of the 4 corners..
     
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  4. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Thanks for the input, My budget for the stabilizers is no more than $50. I think I'll go with the $40 pair from ebay, unless there is a major downside with those?

    This is a very light and small pup so it wont take much to fit my needs.
     
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    If the jacks are free, use them. They will serve the same purpose.
     
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    I agree! Why spend the money on aftermarket,when free scissors jacks do the same thing? Take the $40 +shipping and have fun with something else!
     
  7. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I bought new stabilizers for the rear from a local RV store, but they seem like they are going to be to tall even if in the shortest position.

    So back to the scissor jacks... dang it...

    Anyone need some Stabilizers for a good deal?
     
  8. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    We used stack jacks with the previous pup. It was a challenge in some sites, since that pup was low to the ground. It originally had stabs on the rear, so DH put a plate near the original mounting site, which added enough space to use the jacks.
    On the front, we gave up trying to use them under the body frame itself. The A-frame gave us better clearance; if things were really tight we could use the angle iron holding the LP cradle, which added 2-3 inches.
    All in all, that pup was pretty stable with the stack jacks, as long as we could use the front ones at a fairly wide spacing - however, anything was more stable than just perched on the nose wheel. I do notice some movement, even on the Cobalt, but I finally realized that living on a slab foundation means I am used to no transfer of motion. I really notice it now when I visit houses that have basements, even when they are well constructed.
     
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    Check junk yards for scissor jacks. You could prolly acquire 4 or so for under 20.00
     
  10. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    With our old camper I used a mix & match set of scissor jacks, bottle jacks, whatever I got my hands on. It didn't matter if they were the same or not, they just had to support the camper. They all worked just fine, and I left them in the camper when I sold it. If you're concerned about them matching, don't be. Nobody will ever notice- not even you.
     
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    oeagleo Caching, and Photography!

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  12. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I'll hit up my buddy then a junk yard for scissor jacks, I'm not worried about them matching at all. I'm the type that shops at thrift stores and such. The only time I buy name brand anything is for my truck, but that's because I don't need something failing when I'm pushing 5,000lbs down the track with just under 500rwhp and 580tq...


    I think those could be to tall for my little pup. but thanks for the link!



    Thanks for all the replies!!
     
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    Only reason I said to get them matching, is to limit the amount of possible different crank handles to carry ... [;)]
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Good point!!
     
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    kitphantom Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    We considered scissor jacks for the old pup, but the stack jacks came with it and took up a lot less space than scissored ones would have. With a 6' pup, that was an important factor.
     

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