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Old 01-21-2017, 02:02 PM   #1
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Center Stabilizer Jacks

Has anyone ever added stabilizer jacks close to the wheels? I bought a new 291resl a few months ago and really like it. One big problem that we are having is that it bounces like crazy when parked. I thought that I would add some stabilizer jacks to take the weight off of the wheels when parked.

I bought some of amazon, but am wondering what I should use to attach them.
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Old 01-21-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
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IMHO, I don't think it will help and may even make it worse because it will be very difficult to get equal pressure on all six stabilizers. Try putting more pressure on the four you have and using wheel stop chocks.
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IMHO, I don't think it will help and may even make it worse because it will be very difficult to get equal pressure on all six stabilizers. Try putting more pressure on the four you have and using wheel stop chocks.
Thanks for the input. I tried putting more pressure on the four I already have and it made the doors start to not open and shut correctly, so I know it was flexing the frame. I have tried many different wheel chocks too. I got a pair of the "x" ones, but have not got to try them yet.
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I live in my little 213.
So keep in mind that additional setup time doesn't factor into my equation. (as well as cargo capacity for RV or tow vehicle)

I have factory electric stabilizers front and rear. And they do an admirable job. But even with a shorter RV, it is noticeable that the center of the trailer, or the span between stabilizers, is "flexible". I suspect the tires and leaf springs are naturally playing a role in this.

Since I don't relocate, I've gone through the trouble of laying plywood and AstroTurf under my tiny-house. And I added two of those tripod-screw jacks under the frame as close to the first axle as I could. I don't apply a lot of pressure with them since I really just want to counter the suspension and tires.

Makes a HUGE difference.

Again, this isn't one of those aircraft carrier length tt's.

If it were 10' or more feet longer, I'd probably add another set.
It's just physics. These modern lightweight rigs have considerable and unavoidable flex in their chassis.
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