Upgrade Stabilizers

Discussion in 'Stabilizing Your Camper' started by dondford, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. dondford

    dondford New Member

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    I have a 2002 Coleman Sedona with pull-down spring loaded stabilizers; does anyone have experience in up-grading to the more convenient crank down type of stabilizers?

    Thanks for any input.
    Don
     
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    grcooperjr Lunatic

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    Hi Don....

    I already had crank downs on mine but i added another in the middle.

    Here's some pic's

    It was real easy to do. You just got to get the right ones for you height. Naturally mine was the most expensive because of the ground clearance. Yours may be one of the other two....

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  3. John L

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    I up graded my pull downs with crank downs. Find out what length crank downs you need. I have 15 inch tires and I think it was 20 inch ones that worked for me. It took about 2 hours to unbolt the old ones and drill holes to mount the new ones. Best thing I ever did. We have a coleman cottonwood 2002.

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    My camper had no jacks at all. I was using 4 little square stands that didn't work well. I just bought 4 scissor jacks. Not sure if this is the right spot for this post but they are 1 tonne jacks.
    Are these going to be good enough?? They were REALLY cheap...$4 a piece.

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  5. John L

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    They should work but they are heavy to carry around and can be awkward to set up. If you crank them up too much you can twist your frame. Just snug them up to the frame, don't lift the frame. If you can afford the crank downs they are worth it. Of all my MODS that was the won I enjoy the most.

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    The ones I've got aren't very heavy. They must be a light duty type. Thanks for the tip about the frame though. I will be careful with them that way. At least these will fit. The other little 'things' I had were a pain to use and/or just didn't fit under the frame depending on how level the gound was. Hopefully these will do the trick. I still haven't decided how much money I am willing to put in this old girl and the stabs that I would like that attach to the frame are a pretty penny!
     
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    I agree with grcooperjr. Best thing I have done to the camper (and I've done a lot of little convenience things). Two hours is about right. I spent more time getting the back, hidden nuts off the front stabs then anything else. (no room for a socket until the nut was loose enough to shift the stab. 1/8 turn, reset the wrench, 1/8 turn reset the wrench, 1/8 turn, you get the picture. [XX(] ) The next longest thing was obsessing about the placement - do I add angle iron to stiffen everything? Am I going to drill into something I shouldn't? Should I let my buddy weld them on? blah blah blah. I finally just picked a spot, drilled, screwed and am happy. Especially when I used them the first time!
    Go for it! You'll like it.
     
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    I have a 2002 Coleman Cottonwood with 15 inch tires. I replaced mine with 20 inch crank downs and it was the best thing I have done for a mod. I even found a box of sand pads for $20 at a dealer and I love those too because they seem to add to the stability.

    Do yourself a favor and trade out the pull downs.
     

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