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Old 07-30-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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Stabilizer jack maintenance

What does everyone use for their stabilizer jacks? I have tried both lithium grease and silicon spray. The jacks get dirty after every tow and are getting increasingly hard to crank. At the start of the season I removed each jack, cleaned the threads, and lubed with silicon spray(dry lube). This didn't make much of a difference. Do you lube the screw and the friction plate on the front of the jack. That appears to be what is binding up. My 6 year old used to be able to crank them up and down, and he is unable to do it now, which means I get to work up a sweat.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:13 PM   #2
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Did you use grease first? I would thoroughly clean the threaded portion and only use a dry lubricant. Grease attracts dirt, especially underneath a trailer, and that dirt gets in to the threads and causes binding. Get it all out with a good degreaser and a power washer and start over.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:36 PM   #3
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I used white lithium grease, but used brake cleaner to clean everything up before trying the silicon spray, didn't make much difference.
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:27 PM   #4
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I have used white lithium grease spray on lube not wd-40 but in the end every rv i have owned the stabilizer jacks are difficult to roll up and down
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:51 PM   #5
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No grease, it attracts dirt and grim. I use Tri-state, it is a "dry" Teflon lube. It works great. Last time I applied it was about 15 months ago.
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What does everyone use for their stabilizer jacks? I have tried both lithium grease and silicon spray. The jacks get dirty after every tow and are getting increasingly hard to crank. At the start of the season I removed each jack, cleaned the threads, and lubed with silicon spray(dry lube). This didn't make much of a difference. Do you lube the screw and the friction plate on the front of the jack. That appears to be what is binding up. My 6 year old used to be able to crank them up and down, and he is unable to do it now, which means I get to work up a sweat.
I note you've used the word "binding". Is it possible that they've gotten bent or damaged somehow? I'd think cleaning w/ brake clean and then applying a dry lube would help unless there is a binding that causes problems. Our stab's are electric on the newer 5th and they will occasionally bind in the "up" position and require me to break out the crank to get 'em started but I think I let go a touch too long when retracting.
On the now gone X23B I would occasionally do the clean/lube thing and never had any problems with them. I used my rechargeable drill and it'd spin them effortlessly.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:51 PM   #7
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Maybe I'm doing it wrong (never researched) but after each use, we wash trailer with stabilizers lowered. That way they get hosed off too. And then I re-apply wd-40 to them. Again we do this after every trip. I was using wd-40 on all metal parts under the trailer more so to help keep rust from developing. So far it's worked. Anything on the stabilizer attracted to the wd-40 is washed away so I don't see it being an issue.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:57 PM   #8
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I just lube all the moving parts, the screw and the joints for the "foot". I just use silicone spray once at the beginning of the season and once at the end before its winter bed time. I've did it this way for our previous trailer for 10 years and never had trouble with the stabilizers.
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Did you use grease first? I would thoroughly clean the threaded portion and only use a dry lubricant. Grease attracts dirt, especially underneath a trailer, and that dirt gets in to the threads and causes binding. Get it all out with a good degreaser and a power washer and start over.
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Maybe binding isn't the right description. They are just getting difficult to turn throughout the entire length of the threaded rod. The front stabilizers seem to get worse at a faster rate, so I think it's just road crud collecting on them. I may try hitting them with brake cleaner every few trips and reapplying the silicone to see if that helps.
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