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Old 09-25-2015, 06:53 PM   #11
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Here's pix of my 2008 17B with high-lift.
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:45 AM   #12
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I have a 17B, bought used so I don't know if it is the high lift.
I don't think mine is a high lift, but like you I want the stabilizers to be a bit better for me.
I've bought the foot plate that BAL sells for the end so that I don't have to carry pieces of wood, just start cranking up or down.
And I have been looking for a place that sells that food grade white plastic like the kind they make cutting boards out of, but about an inch thick.
The place I used to go to for plastic has disappeared.
Anyways I want to screw the plastic onto the bottom of the foot plate so that I don't have to crank so much and the stabilizers will be a bit more stable.
Then on to the crank down on the tongue, there are swing out things for that as well. Same thing, don't have to crank so much and carry around soggy pieces of wood.
So I feel for you.
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Old 09-26-2015, 02:00 AM   #13
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You don't have to carry soggy chunks of wood. Just get a bag of Lynx blocks or similar.
They are relatively light weight. They don't absorb water and they can be used under the stabilizers and/or you can make a ramp out of them if you need to lift one side of the trailer.

If this 'problem' is a 'deal-breaker', I can think of a hundred other reasons not to go camping and just stay home.
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Old 09-26-2015, 02:16 AM   #14
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I can think of a hundred other reasons not to go camping and just stay home.
Camping is, for me, what happens after you set out the blocks and crank everything down and I'm just trying to get there sooner...
Seems like a noble enough excuse.
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Old 09-26-2015, 02:37 AM   #15
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I have to admit here and now, that I am beginning to think camping is just a big pain in the butt and not worth the experience.
Kneeling in the gravel to crank down the stabilizers is the least of it ( never mind the lego blocks ).
I think it's only going to get worse. The pressure on decent campsites, the reservation system, cost of gas, maintenance - it all makes my back yard look that much more attractive.
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Old 09-26-2015, 02:38 AM   #16
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And I have been looking for a place that sells that food grade white plastic like the kind they make cutting boards out of, but about an inch thick.
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Anyways I want to screw the plastic onto the bottom of the foot plate so that I don't have to crank so much and the stabilizers will be a bit more stable.
As an alternative, you might consider solid rubber. Cutting suitable chunks our of a mats for a horse trailer is one option, but that's usually only 1/2" thick, and of course the mat is much bigger than you need. Industrial suppliers have rubber up to 1" thick, but expensively.
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My stabilizers have feet but they are not thick just stable. I have one of those crank down swing out things for the tongue less cranking-I think Leon added them to my trailer both are great.
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I have to admit here and now, that I am beginning to think camping is just a big pain in the butt and not worth the experience.
Kneeling in the gravel to crank down the stabilizers is the least of it ( never mind the lego blocks ).
I think it's only going to get worse. The pressure on decent campsites, the reservation system, cost of gas, maintenance - it all makes my back yard look that much more attractive.
Hi: gbaglo... But how do you get "Toad" in there? Alf
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I believe that Escape is using longer stabilizers than when I bought my 19. With the high lift axle, the stabilizers ended up fairly straight up and down when deployed on lever ground. What I did was to cut four 3 /12" pieces off a 4x4 cedar post, and four 5 /12" pieces off a cedar 2x6, and put one of each under each stabalizer, wthich was plenty good for almost all situations, and often did not need all of them. The odd site with hordes of slope saw a could Lynx blocks used. The cedar blocks were light, and stowed nicely in one of our storage containers.
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And I have been looking for a place that sells that food grade white plastic like the kind they make cutting boards out of, but about an inch thick.
The place I used to go to for plastic has disappeared.
Anyways I want to screw the plastic onto the bottom of the foot plate so that I don't have to crank so much and the stabilizers will be a bit more stable.
Then on to the crank down on the tongue, there are swing out things for that as well. Same thing, don't have to crank so much and carry around soggy pieces of wood.
So I feel for you.
I was wondering about a composite deck material like Trex. It can be ripped and routed so I would imagine it could also be cut into disks to attach to the sand pads. I had a jig to cut circular disks on my (sold) table saw but there are other ways to do it. To reduce weight a hole saw could probably be used to remove material without affecting performance.
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