If you’ve ever been camping in your new or used RV and experienced a slight rocking or shaking on the inside just from walking through it, you’re not alone. There can be several different reasons for that slight shaky feeling, and in our RV tip below, we can help give you some peace of mind – as well as the stability your RV needs!
Use Your Stabilizer Jack
When you park your RV, it’s important to utilize the RV stabilizer jack right away. This is a specialized jack that is specifically used for adding stability to your RV. It extends from the frame of your unit all the way to the ground, and does exactly what it sounds like: it helps hold the unit still, prevent rocking, swaying (from any direction), shifting, or shaking. Undue swaying like this can not only be uncomfortable – it can cause damage to your RV in the long run. Rest assured that the stabilizer jack helps eliminate the shaking whether it comes from just moving around inside, or outside forces such as a windy night with inclement weather.
Identifying What Kind of Stabilizer Jacks You Have
Your RV should come equipped with either a manual scissor jack or an electric power jack. With a manual scissor jack, the trailer comes with a crank rod, which attaches to the jack. Then, you simply crank to the right to lower the jack. It’s a good idea to keep extra blocks with your jack crank so that you can position them under the jack as it lowers toward the ground. When the jack hits the block, it sends the pressure to the ground for that stability. When you’re packing up camp and heading back home, simply crank left into the resting/travel position.
To use an electric power jack, you’ll simply locate and flip the power switch to operate (often a 12V switch). One side will typically lower first and once it makes contact with the ground, the other side will follow. The handy thing about an electric power jack is that it typically comes with a manual override, which allows you to use a hand crank if for some reason you don’t have power. Again, use those blocks for stability or for extra depth if needed.
If you’re a visual learner, check out our Tech Tip video on the difference between a manual jack and an electric power jack here, and how to use them! You can also contact us if you’re needing any RV parts or service before hitting the road. Happy trails!