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Old 05-17-2013, 10:43 PM   #211
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... Honestly, I didn't even consider mounting it higher and using a long drop hitch. I suppose the less drop you have, the more weight you can safely haul....
That's not the way it works. And the reason you run dropped hitches is so that you are towing what ever it is your are towing in as close to a level position. Other wise if you are towing too high, the tow will sway too much as it "tip-toes" down the highway. You have less control over it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:51 PM   #212
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... Im working on mounting the scissor jacks to the frame on the rear of the bus...
Using a cordless drill/driver with a socket works great to speed up the cranking (which gets really tiring on a hot summer day after you have been driving for hours). Spin it down until it hits the ground and just snug it to the ground (you don't want to use the scissor jacks to lift your bus). You need to just use them as stabilizers. Also speeds up cranking the things up. I had a long racket plus an extension and socket just for the rear scissors on the class C (about 24" long). Things went much faster using them. But slapping the socket into a drill we had made things go much faster. I still used the ratchet to snug up the stabilizer jacks.

Hint: Keep an extra socket and a manual ratchet tucked away for the day you forget to charge the battery for the battery drill/driver that you left at home. Not that anyone would do that...
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:18 PM   #213
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I got the rear jacks done, bolted to the frame they work great. and yes lorna I have a drill as well as a back up to lower/raise the gear
gear down,

gear up, they tuck away just nicely free and clear

not sure if you can see the crank ends one on each side of the hitch

know I can wait and go somewhere and try them out.(I have to tighten the ball on the hitch)
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #214
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Love the jack install! Pretty much going to completely copy that
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:41 AM   #215
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I so have to do this,its amazing how much the bus moves and sways
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:51 AM   #216
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My bus weighs 22,000 lbs. It has big springs. It does not sway or rock.

I do like the scissor jack idea. I will most likely do that some day.
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My bus weighs 22,000 lbs. It has big springs. It does not sway or rock.

I do like the scissor jack idea. I will most likely do that some day.
It must be the airbgs and 11x22.5s lots of sidewall tha allow the sway when parked
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:50 PM   #218
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It must be the airbags and 11x22.5s lots of sidewall that allow the sway when parked
Put a washing machine in it and see what happens when it spins out! We have a fair amount of movement in our bus too. Hopefully the jack project will get done this summer as well.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:25 AM   #219
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Well it warmed up a bit and we went camping may 24/25 had fun, weather got cold at nite had to use the heat , daytime was warm.
The scissor jacks worked great at stabilizing and leveling the bus, it was a very noticeable, later on Ill work on some for the front, but I think you really don't need them.
heres our campsite we had electric hook

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:03 PM   #220
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I think you need to get farther away from that power pole! It's a tad close.

Reminds me of Shellmound TVA in Jasper, TN. I had to buy two 25 ft heavy duty extension cords to add to my 30 ft power cord on the popup. And it rained (of course, we were packing the TN house up) so I slit a hole into the top shoulder of an empty 2 liter soda bottle, removed the cap so water didn't get in it, slipped the connections inside to keep the water off and bungie corded the bottle upside down to a DollarTree screw-in-the-ground dog tie out. It rained so much that we had several inches of water standing right where the power cords ran. It was amazing how many soda bottles popped up during that week. I guess others thought my "dumb idea" was a pretty good fix.
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