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Old 03-06-2015, 07:26 AM   #1
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another pesky, but simple trailer stabilization question

I know there is a lot of discussion on setup of you trailer when you get to the campsite. I have a new whitehawk, never had a slide before with my Jayfeather. Question is, do you put the stabilizing jacks down before or after you put the slide out? My thought is the camper should be completely stabilized and leveled prior to the slide coming out, but I've recently seen a "how to video" from an online dealer talking about how you should put the slide out, then put down the stabilizing jacks. Maybe it doesn't matter a lick, but just something I'm curious about how you guys handle it.

Secondly, I've always been told to cross your towing chains, even the owners manual says it, but on my new whitehawk, both chains are welded to the frame within an inch of eachother. I assume the purpose is to catch or support the tongue in the event you become disconnected. Now with the new whitehawk, it seems pointless given their weld point on the frame. Thanks in advance to your guys' responses.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:43 AM   #2
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I usually deploy my stab jacks before putting the slides out. The main reason is because one of my stab jacks is under one of the slide outs and it's easier to put the jacks down first.
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:12 AM   #3
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I always stabilize first... YES always cross your chains before hooking up if the trailer comes off the ball the tongue will rest on the chains rather than dig into the asphalt causing the trailer to flip on top of your car..
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We too stabilize before running the slide out. Our slide is big enough to pull that side of the trailer off level, and since we level the trailer side-to-side using blocks before we even turn the truck off, I don't want the slide pulling the trailer out of level.

We also always cross our chains. In fact, I've read that crossing your chains is the law in some places.

If my 7500 lb trailer flipped end over onto my truck, I don't know what I would do. That would be pretty incredible. I would hope that someone got video so scientists could investigate.
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I always get the rig stabilized and level before opening any slides. Reverse the procedure when leaving.
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[QUOTE=Camper_bob;276515]We too stabilize before running the slide out. Our slide is big enough to pull that side of the trailer off level, and since we level the trailer side-to-side using blocks before we even turn the truck off, I don't want the slide pulling the trailer out of level.

We also always cross our chains. In fact, I've read that crossing your chains is the law in some states.

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I compensate for the for the weight of the slide out when leveling side to side then I put the slide out out just to make sure it clears everything and then I put the stabilizers down. I think it's six of one half a dozen of the other.
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One of the benefits of opposing slides is the slide weight does not affect level at all.
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I always stabilize first too for many of the same reasons above. A key point is the word stabilize. Some use the stabilizers to level and that is when you will most likely lead to issues with binding and twisting potentially damaging the slides. If you set the stabilizers to snug and then open up the sildes you should be good.

Chains crossed is a law in some states, if not all. The idea is catch the tounge before piercing the road so you can stop the unit still attached.
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Thanks for all the replies. With the chain question, are you still getting the same benefit if the chains are attached to the frame so closely together? I guess maybe i'm thinking too much into it, but I feel like the fact that since the weld points on the frame are not separated, you lose the effect of crossing the chains, if that makes any sense. Adding to my imagination, the chains were too short to start with, so they just added a few links to each, making me wonder why Jayco makes their chains so darn short to start with.
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