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Old 10-12-2015, 12:09 PM   #11
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I saw the same thing (looked like that Outback) in a driveway in my area recently except they had ALL OF THE WEIGHT of the trailer on the jacks and the tongue jack was RETRACTED. I was just waiting for that trailer to come flying down that driveway into the road, it was down right scary looking. At least their driveway was long enough to stay off the sidewalk/road. lol I wonder if its even legal to park like that Outlack is.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:20 PM   #12
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I'm sure we have all, at some point, taken all the weight off the tongue when getting the stabilizers good and "snug", assuming you have the scissor type of stabilizers. They will support the weight if you have to put more cribbing under the tongue. No different than the scissor jack in your car that you use to lift your car to change your tire. Treat it the same way. No one inside the trailer while it is up on jacks so there is no movement while on the jacks.
Best solution is to find a better spot to set up, where you don't need that much lift on the front.
Okay, I have my fire suit on...
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:28 PM   #13
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I wouldn't say that you need a "fire suit" but I can say that I have never and would never trust the STABILIZER jacks to hold the full weight of my TT. Just my opinion though.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:35 PM   #14
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I was in a campground one time and saw a TT sitting on firewood logs stacked end to end. Wish I took a pic.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:49 PM   #15
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In the happy world of forums, the world is perfect. Unfortunately, the real world sometimes isn't so perfect, and we have to do things that don't quite fit in with the perfect world scenario. I do know from many different experiences that I have encountered over the years that many things are possible, and really not dangerous, if done in a cautious manner. They just don't fit the perfect world mold. While most folks in this forum (and most any other forum) world will never admit to doing something that the instructions say not to do, I don't mind admitting and sharing what I have found in my imperfect world. If I try something and it doesn't work out so well, I will own up to that as well, and share what I have learned. The world is losing it's ability to use common sense, and just strictly going by what we are told or read. I was raised to think for myself and solve my own problems, and I still try to apply that to everyday issues when they pop up.
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No need for a fire suit, just stand back and admire the buckled siding in your regular clothes. Each stabilizer can support much more than 25% of the weight of the trailer. But they are mounted at the edge of the frame. Very peculiar and unstable torque loads if you don't balance the load on the front stabilizers just right when you withdraw the tongue jack.


I'll admit to having done it too. Just to adjust the pad under the jack. But I was very concerned and listened to every creak and groan. Watched for any instability...
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:03 PM   #17
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I was in a campground one time and saw a TT sitting on firewood logs stacked end to end. Wish I took a pic.
That is a scary mental picture
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In the happy world of forums, the world is perfect. Unfortunately, the real world sometimes isn't so perfect, and we have to do things that don't quite fit in with the perfect world scenario. I do know from many different experiences that I have encountered over the years that many things are possible, and really not dangerous, if done in a cautious manner. They just don't fit the perfect world mold. While most folks in this forum (and most any other forum) world will never admit to doing something that the instructions say not to do, I don't mind admitting and sharing what I have found in my imperfect world. If I try something and it doesn't work out so well, I will own up to that as well, and share what I have learned. The world is losing it's ability to use common sense, and just strictly going by what we are told or read. I was raised to think for myself and solve my own problems, and I still try to apply that to everyday issues when they pop up.

Very true! But I've never put my equipment or myself (as well as others) in harm's way for sake of ease or conveinence. There's things that you may say, "Well...maybe" then there's things that make you say, "Not on your life." Just as well find a better way.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:13 PM   #19
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We used to do this all the time while NASCAR camping. retract the front jack with the front stabilizers down, put more blocks in, then extend the front jack. Repeat as necessary until it is level. I have personally had the front of the tongue at shoulder height to get it level with no problems on a 27BH. Just takes time. If you are really worried, block the frame, but either way it can be done. Like the other poster said, I am now putting on my firesuit. A lot of the stuff we all used to do is now considered horrible.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:30 PM   #20
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We used to do this all the time while NASCAR camping...

Which NASCAR track has campsites that are this out of level? Texas Motor Speedway doesn't give us much for our money, but they do give us level campsites.

Just curious...
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