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Old 04-05-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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A Bit Disappointed...

As we have family coming for Easter dinner today, I was excited to show off the new White Hawk 20 MRB to them. I went out to put down the stabilizing jacks and I cannot believe how cheap and flimsy these appear compared to the other trailers we have owned over the last 32 years.

After checking the label, it states the jacks are rated for 2500 pounds. After checking the CW catalog, the lowest load capacity they sell is 5000 pounds. I understand that the 2500 pounds per jack is more than enough to hold up the 6000 lbs I may put in the trailer, but when you already see rust forming on the washers of the lifting mechanism, it is a bit disheartening, especially when I have always considered Jayco a higher end product.

I am just disappointed but will give the stabilizers a chance but am already considering some BAL replacements.

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Old 04-05-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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When was your trailer delivered to the dealer? It probably came through lots of snow and salt and I bet the dealer didn't clean it off, hence the rust. As to the 2,500 lbs if you have 4 that is 10,000 for a 6,000 lb trailer, Would work fine for me. Just my 2 cents.
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They are STABILIZER jacks, and definitely NOT meant to lift the trailer...
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:00 PM   #4
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You shouldn't need near that weight, you only put them down to touch the ground and then a little extra snug. They are to stabilize not to level. The rust is a bummer though.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:54 PM   #5
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I understand what the jacks do. My point of this post was how flimsy the grade of metal used to produce these stabilizers compared to other brands on previously owned trailers.

It appears, to me, that the heavier better quality stabilizers decrease the amount of rock and roll than these new ones.

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Old 04-07-2015, 05:03 AM   #6
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Head over to your auto parts store and buy a bottle of rust inhibitor, such as this:

Amazon.com: Permatex 81849 Rust Treatment, 10.25 oz. net Aerosol Can: Automotive

It distroys the rust, and prevents any new rust from forming.
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DH was surprised at the rust on the frame of our new 23rb which we just brought home. One reason we bought new instead of used is so that kind of stuff wouldn't have to be repainted. I guess we were wrong on that count!
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Nothing is made to last anymore. How to you think China is growing financially. Make crappy products, that we buy, that wont last and then you have to replace them. I don't know how many grinding coffee makers I have bought in the last 10 years that at $200+ a pop, that don't last longer than 2 years.."They don't make them like they used to" has never rung truer than today...
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Bucko would that be safe to use on my equalizer hitch? its time to touch it up.
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Bucko would that be safe to use on my equalizer hitch? its time to touch it up.
Sure. It's only a spray that resembles spray paint in "texture". It will go on clear, then turn dark/black. You could then spray paint the surface afterwards with whatever color you wish.

I brought home (from Germany) an old WWII kubelwagon while working there. I used this on its body panels, as getting body panel parts for this thing was impossible, and I wanted to leave it as original as possible. In the 5 years I owned it, the panels never rusted further with that stuff, and I was able to easily paint over it.

If you have holes or "eaten" metal that has weakened the metal, that is a different issue, and would require immediate attention for the metal to be replaced/strengthened; if its surface type rust, this stuff will kill it, and allow you to paint over it. The directions will tell you to sand or steel brush off the rust, then spray this on. It also comes in bottle form that you can brush on.
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