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Old 09-25-2016, 11:03 PM   #1
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Rear stabilizers so low on Northpoint 377RLBH

Well, we picked up our rig a week ago Friday, and the first thing we noticed was that the rear stabilizers ride super low when towing, less than a foot above the ground, and even skim or catch when we go off pavement onto dirt. Scary!

In fact, while bringing it home from the dealer, we stopped to grab some burgers, and the door side rear stabilizer caught a regular curb and bent the bracket it's mounted to. We had to spend half a day the next day discounting it and pounding the bracket back as best we could so the jack would lower correctly.

I'm wondering, does anyone have any suggestions for a mod that would let us swing the rear stabilizers up against the belly of the rig, without having to unmount them entirely? We do a lot of boondocks get in areas with bumpy terrain, and we are really worried we'll tear off a jack.
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:50 AM   #2
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Your going to have issues with the rear on uneven terrain and yes you have to be careful with transistions as well.

I'm assuming you have the Lippert 6pt autolevel system on yours as I believe it was standard on the Northpoint. Short of have new brackets made and welded on to give you a bit more clearance I don't know how else to approach it. Even with that then your limited on how much stroke the jack has and it's ability to function properly without using blocks.
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I'll measure mine, the next time I'm connected (camping next weekend), but I would say that if your rear stabilizers are that low, than you are towing too nose high. How far off level are you when towing?
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We are towing with the nose higher than the tail, but it's as high as it has to be to load on the hitch in our Ram 3500. There is no way to tow lower.

We do have the Lippert 6 stabilizer system.

I was thinking of finding a way to modify the rears to allow us to swing them up parallel to the rig when towing, then swing them back down and bolt them vertical when parking. Inconvenient, but a lot less so than losing a stabilizer to a random curb or bump.
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Are they adjustable or re-locatable?
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You don't want to tow it nose high, you need to adjust hitch as far down as possible, and adjust king pin as high as possible, without giving up the ideal 6 inches of clearance on bedrails and camper. If that doesn't get you there, need to lift trailer. Nose high, equals in even weight distribution and a lot more weight being placed on the rear axle of trailer, not good

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That is something we're looking into, are there kits available for, for example, a spring over axle conversion? (From my husband, who is the truck expert). Also, we're wondering if that would impact warranty.
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With the new RAMS, if you use the bed-pucks to install a picture frame, then put the fifth-wheel hitch on the picture frame, you are immediately adding two to three inches to the pin-height, which is near impossible to get back, even wit the hitch in the lowest position....
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That is something we're looking into, are there kits available for, for example, a spring over axle conversion? (From my husband, who is the truck expert). Also, we're wondering if that would impact warranty.
We have the same issue. I'm a little nose high and we have made contact several times just pulling out of the gas station. Took the unit in for a little warranty work and had the dealer contact Jayco about flipping the axles. Jayco referred the dealer to Lippert and said if Lippert was OK with it, they would be too. Lippert told the dealer that flipping the axles would void the warranty on the axles, suspension, and frame.

Lippert suggest installing a kit called Correct Track, which is to address an entirely different problem, but they said it would add 1-2 inches of lift to the unit and would not void the warranty as a result. Seems like and odd suggestions to me, but I'm looking into it.

The dealer was able to raise the jacks very slightly using the adjustments on the jack brackets themselves, but I think that only gives me another inch or so. I also noticed another set of holes in the suspension brackets that looked like they might be there to give you some adjustment. I have the dealer looking into that option as well, but I have not heard back from them.

I just purchased an new truck and as a result, I'm changing my hitch out. Going from the B&W Companion Slider to the Andersen Ultimate. The B&W was adjusted as low as it would go. I believe the Andersen's lowest adjustment is about 1" lower than the B&W. I'm hoping that along with the slight adjustment the dealer made, it will be enough.

Another option is to just flip that axles and hope I don't have any issues with the suspension, axles or frame in the next year and a half. It sure is nerve racking worrying about those low-hanging jacks all the time.
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We just purchased 2017 jayco eagle 27.5. We r towing it with 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. The rear jacks are very low. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? We have not taken it camping yet. We r worried about the jacks catching on a curb r something else. Thanks
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