RV Stabilization Trick – Jack stands

RV Stabilization TricksRV Stabilization Trick with lifts don’t work all that great in earthquake prone areas. Every time we have an earthquake, it shifts the RV and re-stabilization is needed. Which is why if you’re planning on living in the same place in the same RV for more than a couple years, you’re going to need to try something different.

As it turns out, a few of my neighbors who have lived in the area for 10+ years have got it figured out – and the RV Stabilization Trick is relatively cheap, and simply amazing.

RV Stabilization Trick

Honestly, I wish I had learned this RV Stabilization Trick earlier, but I suppose better late than never. You see, the trick is to use Mobilehome Piers and Pads. They are made to hold up an entire mobile home, albeit every few feet apart. Each Pier will hold about 6,000 pounds, which means as long as you can put them under your RV Frame, it shouldn’t take many of them to stabilize your entire RV for a long stay.

First, you’re going to need to pickup your piers and pads. You should also buy some flagstones which you can get from Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, or other type of similar store. For each pier, get one flagstone.

Start out by buying a single flagstone, and then measuring the distance between the top of the flagstone to the bottom of the RV frame. Then choose which size piers and pads you need. The pier is similar to a jack stand (but a lot cheaper) and more durable with more weight bearing. The pad is going to add a little more space between the pier and the RV frame, so keep that in mind when ordering. Essentially, you want about 1-2 inches shorter than the distance between the flagstone and the frame.

Once you get your pads and piers, it will be time to set them up. Since this is for an RV, which you might already have in place, it’s going to be slightly different from how you would place a mobile home. Also, don’t forget, just because you’re RV only weighs 10k gross pounds, doesn’t mean we should stick with 5 piers. More is better here. So we should instead look for 6-8 piers for a 10k pound trailer.

Set up each of the piers and pads getting them in place. This is the fun part. Now we start lowering the trailer to where it’s going to slowly ease down onto the piers. We can either lift the RV, or simply deflate the tires. *If you go the deflation method, it’s a good idea to take the wheels off completely and store the tires on their sides in a warm place. This will prevent cracking and settling on one side. You will also need to lift your stabilization jacks, so that the weight is born on the piers and pads.

Slideout Stabilization

At this point, if you have slide outs, you can also save the tracks, by lifting the RV slide outs or at least stabilizing them as well. You can get a 4×4 or even better a 4×6 to place underneath the slide out, with piers on either side to hold it up.

In the end, it’s your choice if you want to do this, but what it will help do, is keep your RV more stable for longer periods and not have to readjust the RV if it starts to list normally after an earthquake.

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