Crank down stabilizers to replace fold down

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  1. mjoffive

    mjoffive New Member

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    Hello, friends. I have an opportunity to replace two fold down stabilizer jacks in the back of box with 4 crank down ones. We have an 1998 Jayco 8 foot box and 4 crank down jacks seem like it might be overkill, but we do feel movement with just the two fold down stabilizer jacks in the back.

    Any thoughts? Are they easy to install on the camper frame? Thanks so much. This forum is so very helpful!

    Mary
     
  2. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Lots of members here have done the same mod.. The crank downs might need new holes drilled if your going to bolt them on, but almost any welding shop or local welder will be able to weld them in place.. Just remember they are only to stabilize, not to level..
     
  3. durhamcamper

    durhamcamper Active Member

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    Our previous pup (a 2001 Dutchmen) had just the fold down stabs when we bought it used but had 4 crank down stabs installed by the dealer we purchased it from. They just used large self tapping metal bolts and we were very happy with the results.
     
  4. mjoffive

    mjoffive New Member

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    Thanks all for the info. Now all I have to do is hear back from the guy selling them. I'll let you all know how it goes.

    Mary
     
  5. friartuck

    friartuck Active Member

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    I replaced the drop downs with crank downs on my Yuma, and never looked back. They were easy to install, following the instructions, and made a world of difference in setup time, no more trying to fight the stabs down on an unlevel site! Again, just remember these are for stabilizing, not leveling the camper
     
  6. mjoffive

    mjoffive New Member

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    I have read through threads warning of not using stabs for leveling. We level first and stabilize during setup.

    Unfortunately, the party who was to sell them to me ($30 for all four) backed out, so now I'm looking for my next best option. I saw some corner rv stabilizers for sale on ebay, but I'm not sure what those are.
     
  7. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Walmart sells stack jacks in a set of 4, you could use one under each corner of the frame to stabilize the pup as well ..
     
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  8. Dudman5703

    Dudman5703 Jeep Guy

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    Oh our new one we got the crank down stabs. I personally would have done this mod on my old one had I known its so convenient compared to my old pull downs in back and Jack stands in front.
     
  9. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

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    . . .add a battery powered hand drill and socket and it's a wiz!
     
  10. 4xMeteor

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  11. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Head to your local junk hard and buy the scissor jacks.

    That's what I use on the front of my 6ft box pup to add stability (factory fold down stabs in the rear). I use an 18v 1/2in impact (it does not go into hammer mode) and it is very quick. I do use a block of wood between the jack and the frame to keep the metal on metal rubbing noise down.
     

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