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Old 06-14-2021, 12:43 PM   #1
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DIY Stabilization

So been fighting with our 174BH since we got it. It has been like sleeping on a waterbed. Even with the rear stabilizers down, we can feel every time our 10yr old would move. So I started a search for a fix. Found tons of options from bottle jacks to $500 add on stabilizers to install. But then I found the video below from a guy for a DIY option. I had wood from an old project and figured what the heck. went to the store and bought about $10 in hardware and built a set. Took it out a couple weeks ago and WOW, what a difference!! I built my set to go under the A-frame since it only had the single point of the jack to stabilize it. This made the front of the trailer rock solid and removed at least 75-80% of the wobble! Which made me want to share this info to help anyone fighting the same issues we were with stabilizing their rig while camping.

https://youtu.be/s0eiKwDCC9g

After our first trip with this, I made a simpler set that just wedges under the rear but still uses the same physics and a ratchet strap. Can't wait to get out and give those a try!
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Old 06-14-2021, 03:09 PM   #2
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It looks really good! I could not listen to the video (multitasking while on a work call).

With loose stone/soil, I like to a place a larger pad under my stabilizers to spread the weight over a larger area. Few hours after setting up, I like to go back and tighten up the stabilizers. Once again in the morning. This really helps. I also tighten up the X-Chocks once the tires cool off.
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