Changing stabilizer jacks

Discussion in 'Stabilizing Your Camper' started by mpotapa, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. mpotapa

    mpotapa Member

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    I have a 1992 jayco 1206 and want to change the stabilizer jacks from what I currently have to the scissor lift kind. One of my jacks doesn't stay up unless I use a zip tie or something to hold it and another bottom plate is busted. I was going to take them off and add the scissor jacks but wasn't sure what it entails. Once it warms up I was going to take a look under my camper to check out what needs to be done but was wondering if anyone has done this.
     
  2. arthuruscg

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    The scissor stabilizers can't usually be mounted in place of the swing down stabilizers. Etrailer sells replacement swing downs, for $20 each.
    It sounds like you need just 1 and can move the bottom leg from the one that doesn't lock to the one with the busted foot.
     
  3. mpotapa

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    Do you happen to know if the swing down kind are screwed in or welded?
     
  4. arthuruscg

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    Usually they are bolt mounted but they can be welded.
     
  5. mpotapa

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    Thanks for the info. I would rather bolt mount them since I would have to borrow a welder from someone.
     
  6. mpotapa

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    After looking at mine it appears they are welded on. I don't see where it would be bolted. Now I have to figure out how I can switch out the broken ones. The good news is I have a lot of time before I plan on going camping.
     
  7. jayco1997

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    you may be able to take a grinding wheel or cutting wheel, remove the ones you have and than you can drill holes and add the bolted ones to replace your old stabilizers.
     
  8. mpotapa

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    Yeah, I might do that. Once it warms up a bit I'll jack up the trailer and take a better look. I really want to fix this one up so I can use it for awhile before I buy a brand new one. The stabilizer jacks and porta potti are two of the main things I want to do right away.
     
  9. highlander70

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    If for some reason your not able to replacing the stock stabilizer jacks, check out the jack stand style stabilizer on the big auction site, you can get a 2 pack for about 25 bucks and they are the twist style, you twist and the jack stand goes up. I am planning on getting these for the front of our pup.
    My pup has 2 jacks in back but only one up front and when the kids start running around you can feel the pup sway so I plan to use them up front for more stability
     
  10. jayco1997

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    highlander70 can you tell me what the big auction site is? I never heard of it and would like to check it out. Thanks!
     
  11. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Consider something like THIS instead of a scissor jack. They crank up and down but don't have the bulk of a scissor jack -- and they probably weigh less, too.
     
  12. efehser

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    I bought what U_T recommended, you'll probably have to grind or cut off the swing down jacks. Jayco had a habit of welding them on. Then the new ones bolt on to the frame, easy install.
     
  13. MileHigh

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    I have 4 of what UT recommended. They work great and just bolted to the PUP.
     
  14. Katskamper

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    thanks for the link to the bolt on stabz
     
  15. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    When I bought my TT it had 2 swing down jacks at the rear and the screw jack at the front.
    I bought 4 scissor jack stabilizers from HF. I removed the 2 in the rear and bolted them to the frame, then drilled holes in the front and installed the other two, it made a big difference on making the unit more solid. HF numbers Haul-MasterĀ®- item#96406
     

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