whats the best leveling jacks to use?

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whats the best leveling jacks to use?

Postby Psychohillbilly » Thu May 26, 2005 5:15 pm

Sence i'm about ready to start putting my HF frame together I was wondering what to use for leveling jacks? When I make my floor I thought it would be my next step. Shoud I buy fancy crank down or ratchet style or just plain old jack stands? What do ya'll use?

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Postby mikeschn » Thu May 26, 2005 5:24 pm

We talked about that before... here
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=1915

My favorite is still this one...
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Postby Psychohillbilly » Thu May 26, 2005 5:41 pm

Mike thanks for the link to the previous discution. It helped alot. Still wonderin though. I all ready have jack stands to hold the frame up while i"m working on it and when i'm done I could put them under the back and jack up the tounge. What do you think?
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Postby WarPony » Thu May 26, 2005 5:52 pm

Hey, Psycho!! Sorry, had to do it. The jackstands will work okay but they will sink into the ground, depending on the type you have. Also, there is some slop in them and the higher you extend them the more they will sway back and forth. I thought about jackstands too, but the single feet that most have for jacks are easier to level. If you have some mushy ground, just throw a scrap piece of wood under each one. Good luck on your build.
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Postby mikeschn » Thu May 26, 2005 5:58 pm

Psychohillbilly wrote:Mike thanks for the link to the previous discution. It helped alot. Still wonderin though. I all ready have jack stands to hold the frame up while i"m working on it and when i'm done I could put them under the back and jack up the tounge. What do you think?
:thinking:

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Postby Psychohillbilly » Thu May 26, 2005 7:17 pm

Mike now thats Way to cool!!! Sometimes I think to hard. :roll:

You sold me thanks. :thumbsup:

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Postby mikeschn » Thu May 26, 2005 7:27 pm

I thought you might see it my way... :lol:

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Postby angib » Fri May 27, 2005 4:24 am

I see it this way:

- Mike's welded-on types have the big advantage that when you get home, they are attached to the underside of the trailer, not sitting on the ground at the campsite.....

- Mike's type have the big disadvantage that when you try to drive off with them still up, they get bent/broken and don't work no more, whereas the jackstands just tip over with a bit of a clunk (which should remind you to go back and pick them up....)

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Postby Joseph » Fri May 27, 2005 5:26 am

Leveling jacks - on a teardrop? If you're using a gas fridge you need to worry about being perfectly level, but I haven't camped in a place yet that needed them for general comfort. I do have a pair of Atwood stabilizing jacks in the rear, but that's all they do - stabilize the trailer so you don't "rock & roll" while turning over in your sleep.

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Postby campadk » Fri May 27, 2005 5:45 am

Here are my stabilizing jacks. Flip down with a 12" or so bar for leverage.

Not sure who makes them though... anybody know?
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Postby Joseph » Fri May 27, 2005 7:11 am

campadk wrote:Not sure who makes them though... anybody know?

They look like my Atwoods.

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Postby Steve Frederick » Fri May 27, 2005 7:29 am

I'm using the Atwood jacks on 'Diner2. I welded a plate to the frame so that I can bolt them up, and remove/replace as required.
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Postby IraRat » Fri May 27, 2005 8:47 am

I like the scissor jack idea I saw on the other post, weld two to the back, but...

Since my axle is mounted under the springs, do those extend enough to still raise it?
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a scissor jack? cut it out guys

Postby metoady » Fri May 27, 2005 7:51 pm

i made mine with scissor jacks, got 2 jacks
(still in plastic bag ) for a dodge mini van
from pull your parts for $8.00 for both :thumbsup:
mounted then upside down welded to a plate and
when i lower them i took a 4x4 and stuck a 1/2 inch stud in it then
when i lower it set the stud in the little hole
and you have more lifting with less cranking
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