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Old 04-06-2014, 02:54 AM   #1
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Trailer movement

We have had our 38GK for about a week now and re-leveled a few times. As we walk around in the camper it moves. Is there a way to stabilize it better? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:38 AM   #2
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Ya ours moves some too, especially in the back. The levelers are nice and easy to use, but not as stable as my old JT stabilizers and rotochoks.

Some folks have had good luck with supporting the tail with additional jacks.
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:04 PM   #3
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Friday when we picked up our rig a tech was helping us hook up and showing us the jacks. Each time we picked up the jacks in the same place and hit autolevel they came down different and though it said *success* a different jack looked like it wasn't carrying any weight. The tech said that was normal I said he was wrong. We towed it to a campgrund and did the whole unhook and then auto level in one motion and the jacks came down and leveled like a brick house. Ours is the 31 SL there's only the slightest movement in the living room and only at the very end of the rig. I'm going to try a pin jack under the trailer hitch but it's seems fine to me.
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:12 PM   #4
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Since I am set up in one place for long periods of time I have installed the Steady fast system. This will take out about 85-90 percent of the wobble. After reading several other articles about long term set ups I put stabilizer under the big slides on the back. Every two months I take those off and cycle the slides and lube.
I had one friend that laugh at me said he had his unit set up for five years. When it came time for him to move it cost him over $2000 for the mobile RV Doc to come and replace his rails and one motor. I will stick with my routine.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:30 PM   #5
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Friday when we picked up our rig a tech was helping us hook up and showing us the jacks. Each time we picked up the jacks in the same place and hit autolevel they came down different and though it said *success* a different jack looked like it wasn't carrying any weight. The tech said that was normal I said he was wrong. We towed it to a campgrund and did the whole unhook and then auto level in one motion and the jacks came down and leveled like a brick house. Ours is the 31 SL there's only the slightest movement in the living room and only at the very end of the rig. I'm going to try a pin jack under the trailer hitch but it's seems fine to me.
We have the 31sl also and I have never really felt a need for a pin jack. Before the Redwood we had a Hitchhiker (same length) but it only had electric jacks in front and back and a pin jack helped a lot but personally, I think the money for a pin jack for the 31sl would be wasted.
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:58 PM   #6
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Yes,
that's quite a long ways from the back jacks to the end of the 38gk...
So this is what I've used under the rear hitch as a temporary measure:
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6797_200466797

flipped the 'mount' over and just crank it up until snug...
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:47 AM   #7
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Our coach is pretty solid but setting on the bank of the Mississippi River the wind sometimes if very strong. Talking 30 plus MPH winds. It would shake the coach at some of the higher gusts so I wanted to try and take some of the movement out. 1st we are on a level lot so one side is not out 6”more then the other side. There within 2” between sides. So I figured that if I could just shorten the extended ram it would make a difference. And it did. Not totally gone but reduced it by 100%. The other day in the high winds we hardly noticed it. All it took was 6-4x4x8’ cut to length 18”, I have a 16”x1” round plastic pad that I use between the ground and jack pads. I then bolted the cut pieces together and I added a lifting rope to pick up the blocks when we move. The down side is it’s going to add about 120lbs to you GVW when you move to your next location. If you just put them under the lifting pads then you can cut your blocks alot smaller and have less weight to carry and use less material. Total cost for material used was $98 from Home depot.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:26 AM   #8
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Yes,
that's quite a long ways from the back jacks to the end of the 38gk...
So this is what I've used under the rear hitch as a temporary measure:
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6797_200466797

flipped the 'mount' over and just crank it up until snug...
I had some time on my hands and my OCD kicked in, this is what I came up with.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:43 AM   #10
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The receiver is a pintel hook plate and the jack is a boat trailer jack. I welded the jacks mounting ring to the pintel hook plate. Put it in the receiver of the rig the jack attaches with a single detent pin. A couple of seconds to put together and or take apart. Cranks down to take a little of the sway in the furthest part of the ass of the rig. Works like a charm.
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