I thought I would start a new thread on this to see if anyone has some input. Any one else weld or bolt stabilizers on their trailer and have pics. I would like something a little more stable. I have been looking at BAL jacks like this.
Then I would like to weld them to a new cross brace that spans the frame and bolts on. That way I could have them closer to the corners without stressing the wooden parts of the frame. In fact, I think this will strengthen a weak area of the frame since the existing is wood.
Creating something that kind of looks like this, without the electric or the 600 buck price tag.
I installed the B.A.L. jack on the new frame I built and I can tell you these are the way to go. I can lift the whole trailer off the ground if I want. It makes really easy if I ever get a flat to, lol.
I bought the C channel ones and I got two for the price of $120 and they're rated I believe at 5000lbs. A little over kill but I alway try to buy the best with what funds are available.
Red dirt, I just installed 4 honda jacks under my 69 compact last night. I used a 3/8 bolt through the top plate of the jack and drilled a hole in the upper part of the channel that runs across and bolted to it. When up they are 1-3/8 below the lowest part of the channel. They are mounted 8" in at bolt from edge of camper. Brent
With the jack all the way down, it measures 13" from top of jack to bottom of base plate. With the cross brace coming from the main frame and having the 2 x 3 wood rail bolted to brace on outer edge and tied to each cross brace it is a pretty solid mount there. After all it really is for stabilizing and not really for lifting. I did however put a floor jack under the cross brace close to the axle to lift the camper when I was replacing my axle and I did not see where angled cross brace was flexing any. Brent
Thanks for the info. I really like the idea. 13" is pretty good height. It would have to be a pretty unlevel pad to require a block. I get you on the stabilize thing. With standard stabilizers you have to get it tight in order to get it solid. So it puts a little pressure at that point. With your setup, since they are bolted on, they would really just barely have to touch the ground. I dig it.