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Old 08-01-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Parked trailer jiggles.


Got a Jayco 314 BDS. First trailer ever, loving it.
I have a question regarding the 4 stabilizing scissor jacks. When parked if anybody even moves in the trailer the whole thing jiggles.
Would you know what is the problem and have a solution?
How much load can one put on those 4 stabilizing jacks?
A friend that has a coach tells me he lift the whole thing until the wheels almost do not touch the ground anymore. Other friend who has a AirStream says to lower them until you touch the ground then give it a little crank to lift the trailer just a little.


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Old 08-01-2010, 10:22 AM   #2
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I'd go with the second guy's opinion.

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Old 08-01-2010, 10:51 AM   #3
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The stabilizer jacks are not intended to lift the trailer off the ground but rather to provide stability when the trailer is parked. If the jacks are cranked up too high, the frame is unduly stressed. However, it is fine to crank them a few turns after the base of the jack reaches the ground. The longer the trailer, the more unstable it will be.

Several forum members have posted about how the use of B&L X-CHOCK tire locking chocks on both sets of wheels has dramatically improved the stability of their parked trailers. These chocks can be purchased at Campers' World, some RV dealerships, and on-line. The cost about $50-$75, depending on where you purchase them.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:48 PM   #4
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The x-chocks took out most of the "wiggles" we were having. I also discovered that the scissor jacks functioned the best by adjusting them to contact the ground and then only a half turn more. The more I tried to lift the tt the more wiggle I had. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:30 PM   #5
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:10 PM   #6
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We are also getting jiggle/shake. We need to bring up the street side.
After that I plan on looking into tire chock to help stabilize along w/the stabilizers too more to follow
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #7
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The sissor jacks just stabalize the rv NOT lift it. The BAL wheel chocks are a grat investment.

This weekend the wife and i were on a rv lot and I saw a 5th wheel outfitted with JT Strong Arm supports. I wanted to try them out. The front 2 legs were down with the JT's installed. No wheel chocks or back stabelizers. I wnt in and jumped, rocked and wiggled. That thing was rock solid. JT Strong Arms are the way to go. WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:11 PM   #8
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I also have the JT strong Arms, well actualLY THE ULTRA FAB ELEMINATORS from tweetys, they are the same thing only cheaper. They work Great!
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:24 PM   #9
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We had the same thing, It wasn't that bad but you could feel it. I know that no matter what you do there is going to be some jiggle. A friend of mine who is a long time camper said to try using blocks of 4+4 to stack under jacks so they don't extent as far. he said that an old timer told him about it and he feels that it works. I have tried and I think it works also. The reason is that the less the jacks extent the less flex in them. Do't know if it true but makes sense.The down side you need to carry blocks of wood. I cut a 4 x 6 into 8 pieces and thats enough for 2 blocks on each jack or more on one if ground is not level.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:34 PM   #10
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I've gotten some solid concrete blocks to replace my 4x4s for the stabilizers and tongue. Will shorten sissor jack span. They weight in at about 80lbs each. I've also ordered and received two of the wheel stops that go between the TT wheels. They are yellow plastic wedges you screw to tighten. After leveling we hope that will take the jiggle out some.

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