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Old 04-26-2015, 09:51 PM   #1
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Leveling my pop up

I just purchased a 1991 Jayco cardinal 6, to be used as a secondary camper for my children to take their kids camping with us. My question is this, my t.t. has jacks for leveling, where as this unit does not. Is it missing or do I use independent jacks? Also, can I permanently place jacks onto the unit? And do I jack and stabilize all 4 corners? I am new to the pop up scene and don't have a clue! All help is greatly appreciated!!
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:16 PM   #2
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We had the following on our previous PUP.

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I have seen where people have put regular jacks stands under each corner of the PUP to make it more stable.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:30 AM   #3
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are you saying you dont have stabilizers?
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Ok. There is a difference between "levellers" and "stabilizers".. Levelling usually on a smaller trailer is the crank near the hitch of the trailer (up and down). There are no levellers for side to side (this is where you use levelling blocks or a BAL leveller under the tires. As for stabilizers, my Jayco only has these on the rear... Some of the larger units have them at the front and rear. This is where you use a rod to lower down the scissor unit from the bottom of the rear of the trailer. (These should never be used for levelling a trailer)
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:14 PM   #5
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You level side to side by putting something under the low tire. you level front to back with the tongue jack.. Stabilizers are just that to stabilize the RV and keep it from rocking when you walk in it.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:05 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys!! Now on to other projects before I take her out!!!
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:53 AM   #7
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i would also double check to see if you have stabilizers. usually they are spring loaded up under the back corners of the frame, you have to pull them towards center of trailer then pull them down.
most pop ups had the back ones as standard equipment
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Just a clarification, trailers with stabilizers as opposed to leveling jacks have frames that can flex. In the case of a pop-up if you flex the frame the door may not line up, the roof may not crank up or down smoothly, and the beds may not pull out straight.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:42 PM   #9
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Just a clarification, trailers with stabilizers as opposed to leveling jacks have frames that can flex. In the case of a pop-up if you flex the frame the door may not line up, the roof may not crank up or down smoothly, and the beds may not pull out straight.
This is good advice. Most trailers do not have the frame rigidity for leveling on the corners. The frame can twist, creating problems in a pop-up described by DocBrown. In a travel trailer, the doors may not open and close properly and you are flexing the sides where they meet the roof - NEVER a good thing. Over time, the weather resistance at seams and corners can be compromised.

As mentioned earlier, level side-to-side with boards under the low tires, then level front-to-rear with the tongue jack. And remember to put down the stabilizers before moving any slides out.
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This is what we bought and it works great.
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