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Old 06-25-2015, 09:30 AM   #1
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Stabilizer jacks

I did some searching on the site and cant find much on adding stabilizer jacks.

I'm thinking of using weld on trailer jacks. Welding a plate to each one and bolting them to the frame. There is a good spot just behind my rear axle i can do this(98 TC2000) it will be tight, but should work. And i can run the crank shaft out through the side of the body for access. I havent figured out how to put any on the front yet. Still looking at this.

Has anyone done this? Any good photos of how it was done?

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Old 06-25-2015, 09:54 AM   #2
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I'm starting to look into this too.
I wish I'd had my torch and more tools with me when I got to strip a 90's fleetwood for free. It had HUGE hydraulic leveling jacks under it, but I had no way to get them.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:52 AM   #3
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Read peoples build threads.

It's all there.

I can think of three build threads just off the top of my head that all used something different.

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Old 06-25-2015, 12:03 PM   #4
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Who's threads talked about it? Now I'm interested.
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Old 06-25-2015, 12:08 PM   #5
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Please go read build threads in the full size bus conversion thread till you find them.

You will be glad you did. Each thread is a great read.

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I've read through several. Don't remember seeing much about stabilizer jacks.
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I've read through several. Don't remember seeing much about stabilizer jacks.

K

I'm using four 15,000 pound side crank trailer jacks. Each one will be solid mounted just behind the tire on all four tires.

Each jack has a extension to drop to the ground for min cranking. The extension also makes sure the jack is not hanging to low.

I can lift the entire bus tires and all off the ground 2 feet.

That was $600 worth of jacks and 300 pounds.

Others have used the scissor jacks from RV's. Some have a nut on them so you can spin them with a drill. Don't use a impact, the impacting will destroy the gears inside.

I don't have the threads bookmarked. I just read every build thread here.

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Old 06-25-2015, 12:47 PM   #9
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Which 15,000 lb jack are you using? I found a 12,000 lb bulldog jack but it doesnt lift 2 ft. Just 12-1/2". And it is 28-1/2" tall retracted. More travel and less height would be better.

Yours sounds better. A brand and model would be great. Thanks
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K

I'm using four 15,000 pound side crank trailer jacks. Each one will be solid mounted just behind the tire on all four tires.

Each jack has a extension to drop to the ground for min cranking. The extension also makes sure the jack is not hanging to low.

I can lift the entire bus tires and all off the ground 2 feet.

That was $600 worth of jacks and 300 pounds.

Others have used the scissor jacks from RV's. Some have a nut on them so you can spin them with a drill. Don't use a impact, the impacting will destroy the gears inside.

I don't have the threads bookmarked. I just read every build thread here.

Nat
Your idea sounds like what I need. I'd looked at some of the RV scissor jacks and it seems that they're either not long enough or don't hold enough weight. 15,000 might be a little hefty for me. I could probably get by for 10,000.

I've read several of the threads, but it's pretty hard to search just for a single page from a build thread. Some of the build threads are dozens of pages. I really enjoyed reading all of porkchopsandwiches thread (cover-to-cover). I don't remember him talking about jacks though. I've skimmed jatzy's thread and your thread. Dond's thread is pretty good too.

Are you planning on welding or bolting the jacks to the frame? I was thinking maybe some large u-bolts could be used to bolt it to the frame. That'd avoid drilling or welding to the frame.
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