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Old 08-11-2016, 08:28 AM   #11
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Greetings fellow Jayco owners.

I am on a search which seems futile, for a way to level my 24 FBS quickly and efficiently. I'm not just lazy I am disabled and have to do something lest I am forced to sell my trailer. The process of leveling is hard because my disabilities doesn't allow easy movement in and out of my vehicle, bending over to place my Lynx Levelers, etc. etc. very easily. So, I thought of something I was hoping to get some opinions on. I have found a combination jack/ jack stand made by Alltrade. On my 24FBS the wheels are off center to the rear. My thought was to use the jack/ jack stand on the frame just in front of the wheels (which would be near the center of the TT) to lift up the trailer to level. I am pretty sure I would only have to lift it a few inches. It seems to me most RV sites are pretty level already.

Any opinions would be appreciated!
Well, opinions are like noses: Everyone has one.

However, my opinion is that the Andersen levelers may be the best thing going, even though I don't have them. They were a bit too much for my budget, but I did pick up something similar from CW that works for me:

Slant Levelers, Set of 2 - Cp Technologies Company RKCW819004 - Chocks & Levelers - Camping World

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Old 08-11-2016, 08:35 AM   #12
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I understand what you're saying and you are right. My concern is when it back up with my TT I have to jump a curb at home. Although I put a couple of boards down it seems as though my engine and transmission work pretty hard just to do that. Since my TT is dual axle I would have to use two, do you think it would make it twice as hard?
I also recommend the Anderson system if power isn't an option. With your situation, I would think you could put a large leveler like for a 5th wheel on the drivers side of the camper you could see out the mirror, get out 1 time, put the anderson's down, adjust it with the large level you could see from your side mirror and that would be it.

When you back up onto the levelers with your expedition, its really not much different than going up a hill on a city street or even perhaps a slightly inclined entry into a driveway, it doesn't have to overcome anything the size of a curb. The tire starts at 0" and only raises to 4" after traveling a little over a foot. You can also drive forward onto them, which your Expedition will have a lower gear for.

In case you haven't seen it, this video shows what you will have to do. Definitely no "hopping" onto the levelers.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:37 AM   #13
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It's the same force required .... just pushing on both axles.


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I understand what you're saying and you are right. My concern is when it back up with my TT I have to jump a curb at home. Although I put a couple of boards down it seems as though my engine and transmission work pretty hard just to do that. Since my TT is dual axle I would have to use two, do you think it would make it twice as hard?
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:48 AM   #14
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We have the Anderson levelers and also recommend them for easy levelling. The only time I've had an issue is at home or in mud where they slide in front of the wheel. You don't have to use two - we use one if it's close to level. (But you only get half the lift.)

Have you also considered booking at accessible sites? Not sure the requirements but at least at the PA state parks the sites are paved for wheelchair or scooters. I imagine that as a side benefit they're pretty level already.
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I use some 10T scissor jacks from a 90's Chevy truck between the axles. Welded a 3/4 nut on it so the socket from the other levelers will work on them. And always carry a 5 ft and 4 ft. 2 x 6 board. TT is always rock solid.
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We use the Anderson levelers and just love them. They are so much easier than using those lego blocks.
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Another vote for the Anderson. I have a bubble level on the trailer that I can see in my rear view. I get out, put the Anderson down (I only have one axle) and then back up or pull forward depending on how I want to chock it. Then it's just a matter of leveling front to back. If you've got a power jack that will make it all that much easier.

We camp with a group of people on the 4th and after watching me level my trailer they all went out and bought Andersons. Two of them were retired engineers.
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Thanks ALJO.

That sounds more of what I was hoping for. I'm a novice though, would you mind giving me a little more detail? When you say between the axles you still mean on the frame right? Mine is a drop axle I think it's called, so I have a hanger for the leaf springs in the middle of my axles. Also where do you use the blocks of wood?
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Usual for short stays I drive on one or two boards as you only have to level one side of the TT. For longer stays I still drive on the boards which I tapered to drive on easily. After satisfying being level I install the scissor jacks between the axles but this also can be done in front (or back) of the axle. After the jacks level side to side I level front to back with the Power TJ and when level I extend the stabilizers on the front and back on some woodblocks (plastic will work too). The TT doesn't rock and bounce as those scissor jacks have a wide foot. Those scissor Jacks I use also for storing the TT to keep the tires just of the boards with the stabilizers. During off season I still use the TT for extra company to sleep in.

In your case you might need extra blocks under the Scissor Jacks as the leaf spring setup is higher. I always have been using wood for blocking the last 50 years because it is cheap and not as slippery as plastic.
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Ok, I understand. Have you ever leveled up with just the jack?
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