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Old 06-28-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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Homemade stabilizers

Anybody else made and used these? I'm a very light sleeper and all of the trailer bounce during the night kept waking me up.

I use three sets of these. One set on each end of the trailer and one set beneath the steps. Trailer is rock solid now and I don't wake up every time somebody flips over in the bed or gets up in the middle of the night.

I know you can buy something similar but what fun is that?
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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What are you using..2 by's? Nice job!
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What are you using..2 by's? Nice job!
Yes, just 2x4's, eye bolts, and a ratchet strap. I painted them black too so they don't look quite so bad.

I've got a lot of mileage out of this one around the campgrounds!. I get questions about them all the time.
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It's a great idea!! May have to steal this one from ya!
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How is that fastened to your bumber?
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I know you can buy something similar but what fun is that?
I bought two of the aluminum ones and they work ok but are neither wide enough or tall enough to be used all the time, especially on non paved campsites and I don't like having to use blocks/pads under the ones I have either.

I like how the one you built appears to be more than wide enough to span the entire width of the trailer and tall enough to work on sites that aren't always level.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to the store I go!

Great idea! Thanks!
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WV. They aren't on the bumper. The pic is a little deceiving. I place them against the frame of the camper. A set on each end gets rid of the side to side movement and a set long ways along the length of the camper gets rid of front to back movement.

I'll post some better pics when I can.
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WV. They aren't on the bumper. The pic is a little deceiving. I place them against the frame of the camper. A set on each end gets rid of the side to side movement and a set long ways along the length of the camper gets rid of front to back movement.

I'll post some better pics when I can.
How do you keep the top ends from sliding? Looking forward to more pix.. though Id be interested in some of the end against the frame..a pita to take a pic of I bet.
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Here is how my "redneck" stabilizers sit against the frame. Both ends of the trailer have a gusset that I place them up against. Once you get a little tension on them they stay put. You will also want to round the ends so they can just rotate to find the sweet spot.

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I like that.
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Awsome, so simple yet genius
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A country boy can survive! Hope you find it useful.
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Perfect thanks for the pics. Ill be giving this a try soon.
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Sorry I don't get how the tops hold on the frame, are they notched?
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That's brilliant! I'm going to copy this for our trailer.
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Sorry I don't get how the tops hold on the frame, are they notched?
The "store bought" ones I have are aluminum and basically the upward pressure created by tightening the ratchet strap wedges them in between the ground and the frame keeps them in place so no notches needed. I occasionally check them to make sure they stay tight if they settle/shift any and give the ratchet a click or two if needed.

I would assume these homemade ones would work the same way. The only improvement I could see that might help some is to create a base that pivots on the end of the legs, or at the very least, place a few squares of treated plywood on the ground under the legs so if in softer soil/sand, there is a larger footing than just the end of the 2x4.
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Sorry I don't get how the tops hold on the frame, are they notched?
No notch. My frame has I beams running lengthwise down the trailer . So, just place them against the intersection of the top horizontal and vertical portion of the I and against the frame gusset. Put a little tension on them with the ratchet straps and they stay put.

I'll post more pics after coffee!
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The "store bought" ones I have are aluminum and basically the upward pressure created by tightening the ratchet strap wedges them in between the ground and the frame keeps them in place so no notches needed. I occasionally check them to make sure they stay tight if they settle/shift any and give the ratchet a click or two if needed.

I would assume these homemade ones would work the same way. The only improvement I could see that might help some is to create a base that pivots on the end of the legs, or at the very least, place a few squares of treated plywood on the ground under the legs so if in softer soil/sand, there is a larger footing than just the end of the 2x4.
Yes, when on sand or soft ground I put a 1' long pc of 2 x 6 under them.
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