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Old 09-17-2016, 09:05 AM   #1
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Dumb Mistake - Now I Keep a Jack Stand in TV

With the trailer parked in the driveway I did something stupid and had the front jack post slide off the leveling blocks and go directly to the ground. No damage but it was now too low to get it up high enough to hook back on to the truck. After some fuming I thought - what if this happened to me out on the road? I would be in a real bind. I got one of my small car jack stands out of the garage, raised up the TT as high as I could, put the jackstand under the coupler, raised the electric jack up high and put the blocks back. I was then able to get the TT up enough to get the TV ball back under the coupler. I pitched the jack stand into the back of my truck and there it will stay, just in case I get dumb again while out on a trip.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:13 AM   #2
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First priority is to properly chock the RV so it will not move at the Power Jack.
Under the front Jack never use stackable blocks of any kind of material (they will slide).
Use one good solid block or a stackable one nailed or screwed together.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:20 AM   #3
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Yep, I use the stackable "lego" style plastic blocks for the front and for the stabilizer jacks. They lock together and work just fine. My stupid mistake was when testing my new andersen levelers I did not chock the wheels on that side. I had my screw chock on the opposite side and in my setup I forgot about the other side before I decided to unhook the TV. The second I did it I realized what I had done. A new tool that was different than my routine and my mind didn't click in to make sure that side was chocked as well. Chocking the wheels (after I'm level side to side) is always my first step when I park, just got out of my routine and in a hurry.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:39 AM   #4
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You could just use the jack out of your truck and leave the extra jack stand home?
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Thought about that. Like many vehicles it's behind the rear seat, all wrapped up in a nice case with velcro and clamps, etc. Getting them out and then putting them back is almost as much hassle as changing a tire in some vehicles. Easier just to grab the stand and stick it under the coupler. It's small. I doubt I'll ever need it again so at some point I'll probably leave it behind and could use my truck jack if needed - which I hope I never do. If I did it again I might need to reconsider whether I should be licensed to operate.
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There is a much easier way to get out of your problem if you are faced with this. I was picking up my TT at the dealer after some final warrantee work and they had moved it and left it on the front jack. I could not raise it high enough to reach the ball on my 2500 Hd Silverado. When I ask them to bring something out to lift the TT so I could use a block they said "watch this".

After fully extending the tongue jack, they lowered 2 front stabalizers to the ground. They then retracted the power jack so I could slip in 6x6 block and then they retracted the stabalizers. Problem solved in 3 minutes. Its not a good idea to full support the TT with the stabalizers for a long period of time, but in this case you are not lifting the full weight of the unit, only the tongue weight.

I logged this "emergency" fix in my bag of tricks.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:53 AM   #7
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There is a much easier way to get out of your problem if you are faced with this. I was picking up my TT at the dealer after some final warrantee work and they had moved it and left it on the front jack. I could not raise it high enough to reach the ball on my 2500 Hd Silverado. When I ask them to bring something out to lift the TT so I could use a block they said "watch this".

After fully extending the tongue jack, they lowered 2 front stabalizers to the ground. They then retracted the power jack so I could slip in 6x6 block and then they retracted the stabalizers. Problem solved in 3 minutes. Its not a good idea to full support the TT with the stabalizers for a long period of time, but in this case you are not lifting the full weight of the unit, only the tongue weight.

I logged this "emergency" fix in my bag of tricks.
That's what I do when I'm set up in an extremely out-of-level site. Sometimes leveling takes more blocking under the front jack than you can put in when still hooked up to the TV.
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Didn't consider that since I've logged in my mind to never put the full weight of the trailer on the stabilizers. My tongue weight is ~800lb and with the stabilizers set back from the coupler it would be a little(?) over ~400lb per stabilizer on the frame. Seems to me they should be able so support that for an emergency hookup need. I'm one of those that still doesn't put as much torque on their stabilizers as they probably could. I'm over cautious on putting too much weight on them. When I hear the frame creak a bit I stop. I adjust them some during a stay but not too much.
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:23 AM   #9
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I had this happen to me one time and decided to build my own tongue jack stand. I designed it to be adjustable from ground level up to 20 plus inches high and the tongue jack goes into the tube so It cant move once it has pressure against it. The feet are about an inch below the bottom plate so they dig in and the plate keeps it from sinking in to soft ground. It works great and keeps the tongue solid.
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Stabilizer jacks are rated from 2000 lbs. for single acting to 3500 lbs. for double acting and go further up depends on its use. Most half ton trucks carry a 10 ton scissor jack
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