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Old 08-15-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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Newbie question regarding leveling/stabilizing 22BHM

Hello all! I'm a new owner of a Jayco 22BHM and have a question regarding leveling the unit. I am also a first time-RVer so I apologize in advance for the potential stupidity of my question. Anywho, my question is, can I use the stabilizer jacks to level the unit? I have 4 jacks, and each one is rated for 2500 lbs and are welded to the I-beam. The 22BHM has a dry weight of 4100 lbs, so it seems they should be able to handle the weight. The manual however says to not use them to actually level the unit, and just use them as stabilizers. So, if I can't use them to level, I would like to understand why.

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:21 PM   #2
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The short answer: NO!


The TT has to be leveled by getting things under the low side tires (level left to right) and then the tongue jack for leveling front to back.


THEN you deploy the stabilizers to keep the TT from bouncing/tipping (generally more comfortable to live in).


If you attempt to level the TT with the stabilizers, you will bend the frame. The stabilizers are strong enough to lift the whole TT. Unfortunately the frame is NOT strong enough to lift the axels off the ground from the ends of the trailer.
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:22 PM   #3
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In short no. Level the unit side-to-side first, then front to back. Stabilizers are only used to keep the unit from moving around. Levelers can lift the unit to level it and are a lot stronger.
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Okay, thanks for the replies. Is there a recommended amount of weight I should put on the stabilizer jacks? I certainly don't want to damage the frame, but I do want it to be stabilized as much as possible.
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Just crank them until they are good and snug against the ground, blocks, etc....that's it. I'm sure there's a weight guide...I just don't know what that is. Just make sure you have the trailer as level as you can side-to-side and front to back before putting the stabilizers down.
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What they said and don't forget to retract them before hooking up.
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Very good. Thanks all!
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Key word "STABILIZERS" not "Levelers". And Norty1 made a very important point, and to further it, make sure you raise your stabilizers (for sure the rear ones) before you try and jack up the front of your trailer to put it on the hitch. Failure to do so can cause damage to the stabilizers as you pick up the front of your trailer and push down on those rear stabilizers!!! I know from experience!
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I use a cordless drill with a 3/4" socket (made for stabilizers) to lower and raise my stabilizers.

I set the drills clutch at the highest setting and lower them until the clutch slips.

This way I know all the stabilizers are at a relatively equal pressure to the ground.
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We bought an inexpensive black & decker drill from an outlet mall. It has a clutch and we just clicked it down a couple of settings and let it crank till it slips. Not too tight on the jacks and they are all the same tension, if they settle a bit we just hit them with the drill again and still the same tension.
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