What? Stabilizers down after the top is up?

Discussion in 'Stabilizing Your Camper' started by MyName, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Lol, i found all my paperwork in my camper, including the brochures, way cool.

    As for the stabs, the colman lift system is conected to the frame, if you over crank a stabilizer it can cause resistance when lifting the top. This is not to say it will, but can. So why take a chance? You are of course good to do what you want, but for me , i dont want to maybe have to do a repair. I have enough stuff to do!
     
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    Surprising what's available online these days if you just take the time to look. [;)]
     
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    There are probably a lot of things in the owners manual we don’t remember. We bought it in 2008. Maybe we read that and then forgot? I dunno. My point is, reading this thread on here was an eye opener for me and I learned something and now I am smarter than I was before I read it. I’ve camped in pop ups all my life and set up probably thousands of times and always done it by putting the stabilizers down first. Now I know better, at least for the one we have now.
     
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    Stabilizing jacks are not designed for leveling or changing tires? But they are mounted on the frame. If I can't use the frame to raise the camper, where do I place the jack for changing the tire. I read somewhere do not use axle because it could be bent.

    I positioned my jack on the frame, at the point just behind the leaf spring joint, to repack wheel bearings. However, stabilizing jacks are not near the axle and could cause some twisting, but the frame should be able to handle that without permanent damage, unless stored that way for long period. Where is my thoughts going wrong?
    Bob
     
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    Do what your owner's manual says.
     
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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Use the axle. If the weight of the camper was going to bend the axle, it would do it before you jack it up.

    I put the jack on the point where the axle and springs are bound together.
     
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    I can guarantee you page 29 of my manual doesn't say that. And I can also guarantee you a different page it says to put the stabs DOWN first.

    Hint: Not everyone here has a Coleman/Fleetwood. And not all brands have the same instructions.
     
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    What has my reply which was clearly addressed to Bedhead about her Fleetwood popup got to do with you and your Palomino?? [?:~{]
     
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    YMMV, you may find that using the axle pushes the wheel too far up in the wheel well to get the wheel off. My Niagara is like this. My Bayport was also like that, but I put a new overslung 3500lb axle on it which fixed the problem.
     
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    That is the most intelligent reply. I am realizing after reading so many posts that not every popup came with the same instructions. Now that I have finally found the manual for my '95 (thanks to a member) it tells me to use the axle to jack it up to change tires, etc. and in BOLD letters says never raise or lower camper with jacks down.
     
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    This reminds me of the Ann Landers controversy over which way the toilet paper roll should unwind.
     
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    oops
     
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    I have a 1997 Camplite by Damen and thought I better read my instructions a little better. Sure enough, Mine say to unhook from tow vehicle, level front to back and raise the roof. After the warning about raising the roof too far the instructions then say to chock the wheels and then stabilize ?? Shouldn't I be chocking the wheels before I am even raising the roof?
     
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    Yes , you should chock the wheels before unhooking the pup.
     
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    I think that most manual "writers" do not camp or use the product they write about.
     
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    I would have to agree
     
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    and they write whatever the insurance company tells them to write.
     

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