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Old 07-18-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Leveling Jacks

Ok, so my wife really likes the "mansion" i call it.. .the huge thing behind my truck that causes it to use so much fuel... we upgraded from a 25' sports master so this is huge from what i would say is adequate but hey....i am just the man.. so anyway i have a question, maybe some of you other "mansion" pullers have figured out a way to rig up a type of hinge system for the jacks.. I un-bolt them everytime we move because i am sure i will rip them off. I am considering "flipping the axles" as we call it here but I am worried about cross winds and the trailer is already quite tall. We pull it through the mountains quite often. The Jacks just are just too low so i need a good idea to make these more user friendly. (trading the trailer and the wife is not an option!) lol
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:57 AM   #2
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Ok, so my wife really likes the "mansion" i call it.. .the huge thing behind my truck that causes it to use so much fuel... we upgraded from a 25' sports master so this is huge from what i would say is adequate but hey....i am just the man.. so anyway i have a question, maybe some of you other "mansion" pullers have figured out a way to rig up a type of hinge system for the jacks.. I un-bolt them everytime we move because i am sure i will rip them off. I am considering "flipping the axles" as we call it here but I am worried about cross winds and the trailer is already quite tall. We pull it through the mountains quite often. The Jacks just are just too low so i need a good idea to make these more user friendly. (trading the trailer and the wife is not an option!) lol
You unbolt the stabilizer jacks every time you move??? Never heard of that. What model do you have that they are so low?

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Old 07-19-2011, 01:01 AM   #3
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I read your sig and figured out that you have a 32 Bunk House. (Duh on me). Well, mines a 31RKS, almost as long as yours. While I have electric jacks, I never worry about scraping them off, they just aren't that low. I'd be more concerned about my sewer connectors.

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Old 07-19-2011, 08:16 AM   #4
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I have a 2011 330 RLTS and have electric jacks, never heard of unbolting them? Any pics?:lightning:
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:10 AM   #5
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I have a 2009 32BHDS. I couldn't imagine the stabilizer jacks dragging w/o doing some serious off-roading with it. I bet there is at least 15" of clearance on the rear stabilizers. If I'm dragging those stabilizers, I've probably already had the trailer in such a bind, that dragging the stabilizers is the least of my concern. I guess I did pull out of one McDonald's truck stop area that may have been close, but probably still had 2" of clearance. That is the closest that I've been.

As tall as this camper already is, I would NOT do an axle flip on it. It is already a pretty tall camper as it sits. I would think you would have your hands full trying to tow this camper with it sitting that tall. I've had a some cross winds with mine make it do a pretty good dance already.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:53 PM   #6
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I would get a straight line, tie it to the lowest part of the axle tube, pull it to the jacks and level it to see if they hang as low as you think they do....
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:13 PM   #7
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The stabilizer jacks are not the closest object to the road on my set up and I have the Jayco 32BHDS. My hitch shank hangs lower and I am sure will be the first to contact the pavement or any other object.
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I have a 330 rlts with electric jacks and I would never unbolt them. One of the main reasons I got the electric jacks was to cut down on the work while setting up.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:37 PM   #9
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yeah it definately seems the electric jacks have more clearance... i have a 32BHDS, 2010 and this model comes with a slide out rack out the back for bikes or what ever... my jacks are bolted to this which makes them about umm 12" off the ground when everything is level... i am not worried about dragging this down the highway but on a trailer this long and you leave a parking lot or any kind of incline or decline the trailer looks like a teeter totter and the back jacks will scrape and probably bend.... what tipped me off was that i pulled it into my shop to level it with my hitch and heard the sreatching when i pulled out.... so i unbolt them everytime i move... I am going to take the back rack off then i have to re-mount the brackets but should get another 4-5 inches back there.. thanks for the input.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:31 AM   #10
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Canucker - you should be able to take a string from the bottom of the rear tire to the end of the rear bumper. If your jack stays above the string, you should not drag under normal conditions. If it is below the string, then it is possibly not mounted in the right spot.
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