Wobble Stopper

10MT-Ratchet-stabilizer

May 2, 2014
Filed under 10-Minute-Tech, Resources

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After reading James Baucom’s RV Clinic letter in the December 2013 issue regarding his wobbly trailer, I wanted to pass along my solution. I’ve told other RVers about my fix and have found that it removes 90 percent of the wobble, both front-to-back and sideways, and for a mere fraction of the cost of commercial products.
The materials needed are two 8-foot pieces of 2-by-4-inch lumber, two 12-foot ratchet straps and four 6-inch eyebolts. Park the trailer on a level surface. At the rear of the trailer, measure an approximate 45-degree angle from the top of the trailer frame to the ground surface. Cut a 2-by-4 to that length on 45-degree angles on both ends. Drill a hole through the 2-by-4 approximately 6 to 8 inches from the end that will rest on the ground, and place an eyebolt with the eye facing the inside of the trailer frame. Do the same to the opposite side of the trailer. Place the ratchet strap between the eyebolts and tighten as much as possible. The 2-by-4s, while being tightened, work against the frame and the ground and make two solid stabilizers. They also extend the stabilizing point of the trailer outside from the frame about 18 inches. I still use the scissor jacks. I do the same to the front of the trailer, and it’s amazing how solid my trailer is.

Jack Bell | High River, Alberta, Canada

 

 

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