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RV Stabilizer Jacks: Everything You Need to Know

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Are you tired of feeling like you’re on a wobbly amusement park ride every time you walk around your RV? Look no further, as we have the perfect solution for you: stabilizer jacks! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the world of RV stabilizer jacks, discuss various types, share our top recommendations, and provide you with all the know-how to eliminate the dreaded sway. So, buckle up and join us on this exciting ride to RV stability!

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What Are RV Stabilizer Jacks?

What are rv stablizers

Simply put, RV stabilizing jacks extend from the frame of an RV to the ground in order to reduce the movement sometimes felt in an RV.

Tons of RVers (ourselves included) will use wooden blocks, wheel chocks, or plastic leveling jacks to help reduce the amount you have to extend an RV stabilizer jack (as you really shouldn’t overextend stabilizer jacks).

Some RVs and travel trailers have automatic RV stabilizer jacks. When you get to camp, simply push a button on the inside of your rig and all four stabilizer jacks extend (and retract) automatically!

Manual stabilizer jacks, however, are far more common and require you to use a hand crank (or a handheld power drill) in order to extend them.

Do RVs Need Stabilizers?

The short and sweet answer? If your RV isn’t stabilized properly, you’re going to have a difficult time moving inside of it (and there’s a chance you roll out of bed at night).

Keep in mind that your RV’s refrigerator needs to be on a leveled surface in order to work efficiently. If not, the fluids within the refrigeration system will circulate, causing it to overheat (which could lead to damage).

What is the Difference Between Stabilizing Jacks and Leveling Jacks?

One of the most common mistakes you can make is assuming that leveling jacks serve the same purpose as RV stabilizing jacks. Here’s how they’re different:

  • RV Stabilizer Jacks – An RV stabilizer jack is able to support portions of your RV in order to absorb the shifting you may feel as you walk around in your rig. While they can’t fully eliminate movement, they do make a noticeable difference when used properly.
  • RV Leveling Jacks –  As their name implies, leveling jacks help to level your RV from side to side (or front to back). These jacks help to ensure that your RV’s systems perform as they should while also providing a comfortable experience.

If you try to use either of these jacks for anything other than their intended purpose, you can damage both your jacks and RV!

Can You Level a Camper With Stabilizer Jacks?

Absolutely… not. 

As we stated above, leveling jacks are much different than RV stabilizer jacks. The intended purpose of a stabilizer jack is only to stabilize your RV.

Apart from us telling you this, there’s a chance that you see warning labels telling you not to overload your jacks, too!

10 Types of RV Stabilizer Jacks

Without further ado, let’s go over what stabilizer jacks you can get on the market today (as well as what stabilizer jacks we recommend).

1. Scissor Jacks

Scissor jacks

Scissor jacks are the most common stabilizer jacks you’ll see on travel trailers and older fifth wheels. For the most part, manufacturers will install scissor jacks onto their RVs because they’re cheap, simple to work, and do a good job.

Scissor jacks require you to manually raise and lower them. Typically, you’ll have a bolt that you have to tighten and loosen by using a drill or ratchet. Try not to over-tighten scissor jacks, as you risk putting too much weight on them.

If you’re looking for some awesome scissor jacks for your RV, we recommend getting the Libra RV Trailer Stabilizer Leveling Scissor Jacks:

Set 4 Libra 24″ 6000lbs RV Trailer Camper Stabilizer Leveling Scissor Jacks w/Dual Power Drill sockets & mounting Hardware Set
  • Stablizing and leveling your Camper, RV, Trailer, Remains steady on soft surfaces because of wide bow-tie base
  • Includes 4 steel jacks and a 3/4″ hex magnetic socket to raise/lower jack faster by power drill!
  • Aslo include 16 pcs 3/8″ mounting screws & matching 9/16″ socket, a 11/36″ mounting hole drill bit, one set of drilling guide sticker, everything you need for install!
  • Extended height: 24″, Retracted height: 4″, retracted length: 26-1/2″, width: 7.5″
  • Capacity: 6,000 lbs per jack, bulit by same material as other brand’s 7500lbs jacks!

2. Hydraulic Jacks

Hydraulic jacks

With hydraulic jacks, you don’t need to manually set anything up! If you have a larger rig (or have trouble cranking manual jacks on your own), hydraulic jacks will be perfect!

If your RV doesn’t come with hydraulic jacks already, you are able to add them on! Most systems are pretty easy to install and will simplify your stabilizing process.

Interested in installing some new hydraulic jacks into your rig? We highly recommend these ones by Lippert:

Lippert Components 433458 Hydraulic Jack Assembly – Aluminum – 8,000 lbs., Black
  • COMPATIBILITY — Designed to replace Level Up Hydraulic Jacks for the front, rear, driver, or passenger locations of your 5th wheel RV or travel trailer’s automatic leveling system
  • EASY INSTALLATION — With minimal components needed, it’s easy to remove your RV’s old jack and replace it with this new aluminum, hydraulic jack
  • RELIABLE STRENGTH — Engineered with an 8,000 lb. lift capacity, this large, aluminum landing gear replacement jack was built tough with a 9” footpad, and 13 mounting holes — this jack assembly has a coach rating of up to 32,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
  • REPLACEMENT PART — At Lippert, we help you take the guesswork out of replacement parts with exact-match components designed to get your RV’s equipment up and running as usual
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION — Please reference your owner’s manual for detailed product installation and safety information before installation

3. Electric Jacks

Lippert electric jack

Electric jacks help you to set up your campsite easier and faster than ever. This stabilizer jack uses a 12-volt DC electrical power, typically from the onboard battery, to electrically extend or retract the trailer leg.

We highly recommend this electric jack from Lippert – it’s engineered with 30 AMPS of power and comes with four integrated LED lights that conveniently shine on the coupler (just in case you have to use this at night). Not to mention, it’s efficient (and very quiet):

Lippert Power Tongue Jack Electric Trailer A-Frame, 3,500 lbs. 18-Inch Stroke, 5.4-Inch Foot Pad, Durable Textured Casing, Emergency Manual Crank Override, 10.75″ Retracted, 28.75″ Extended – 285318
  • EASY INSTALLATION — Complete with all necessary hardware and pins, installation for the Power Tongue Jack is fast and simple, so you can get to lowering and raising your equipment in no time
  • TIME-SAVING — Say goodbye to cranking your manual jack. With the push of a button, you can raise or lower your a-frame trailer in a fraction of the time, without breaking a sweat
  • INTEGRATED LIGHTING — Four integrated LED lights illuminate the ball and coupler, so you can operate your jack at night, worry-free
  • POWERFULLY ENGINEERED — Built to do heavy lifting, the Power Tongue Jack has a 3,500 lb. lift capacity, helical-cut gears, 30 AMPs of power, and a 12V motor — all designed to get the job done, quietly and efficiently, so you don’t have to
  • BUILT TOUGH — Made from heavy-gauge, steel construction, a durable, textured housing that prevents chips and cracks, and a black powder-coat finish — this jack was designed to operate, day after day

4. Screw Jacks

Camco screw jacks

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to stabilize your RV, screw jacks are for you! The aluminum construction is what makes them lightweight, yet strong enough to easily hold 6,000 pounds.

Because screw jacks don’t mount or secure to the RV, you’re able to easily adjust them as well as move them around your camper! We’d highly recommend these Camco Screw Jacks:

Camco Olympian Aluminum Jack Stands, Support up to 6,000 lbs, Pack of 4 ( 44560)
  • RV Jack Stands: These trailer support stands stabilize and level your RV; designed to provide RV positioning and stability
  • Durable Construction: The RV stabilizer jacks are made from durable cast aluminum; each stabilizer jack can support up to 6,000 lbs
  • Easy to Use: Position each stack jack underneath your RV and raise to the proper height to reach appropriate leveling and stabilization; these jack stands extend from 11 inches to 17 inches
  • Package Includes: A set of four stack jacks
  • Quality Products: Camco makes quality products for RVing, boating, camping, towing, tailgating, and grilling that help take your passion for the outdoors to the next level

5. SteadyFast Stabilizers

Steadyfast stabilizer

SteadyFast stabilizers are designed to give the best possible movement reduction for a parked fifth-wheel or travel trailer while also providing an easy (and convenient) setup. If you have a heavy rig, SteadyFast jacks are one of your most popular choices!

It takes a few hours to install the system (which includes adjustable strut braces fixed on two adjacent sides of the rig). After that, you fix these braces on the other end of the landing gear in a sort of triangular shape. The shape, as well as the fact that the jack touches the rig at three different points for support, makes this jack incredibly stable.

We’d recommend getting these SteadyFast stabilizers:

Made in USA, STEADYfast Stabilizer for 5th Wheel, Travel, and Camper Trailer Without Auto Leveling – 2 Foot Plates- Item A
  • Best Performing Stabilizer System, ONLY 60 SECONDS to SETUP, No need to crawl under trailer, No Storage Space Needed, Made in USA,
  • Only Available in Dark Grey. Permanently installed in 2-3 hours.
  • Works on 5th Wheels and Travel Trailers with existing stabilizer jacks. If your trailer has an auto leveling system Please order our Item C..
  • Eliminates Need for Tripod. Between Wheel Chocks, and Slide Out Jacks or any other parked trailer stabilizers

6. Drop Leg or Drop-Down Jacks

Drop-down jacks

Drop-down jacks (also known as drop leg jacks) are another type of RV stabilizer jack. These mount to the frame of your RV and retract upon themselves when not in use. They typically come in both automatic and manual options, too!

A lot of higher-end systems will often use heavy-duty drop-down jacks as a part of their auto-leveling system. With the press of a button, your RV will be able to level and stabilize itself! Keep in mind that not all drop-down jacks are able to handle a heavy RV (so don’t overload your jacks).

We’d recommend these drop-down jacks:

2PCS Trailer Stabilizer Jacks Swing Down Jack 7″ Drop Leg Trailer 18″ with Adjustment Jack Rod Handle and Mounting Screws for RV, Camper and Travel Trailer (12″ to 18″)
  • Includ 2PCS Stabilizer Jacks,4PCS M5″ Self-Tapping Mounting Screws and Adjustment Jack Rod Handle.
  • Lift capacity per jack: 650 lbs Support capacity per jack: 1,000 lbs
  • Adjusts from 12″ to 18″
  • Swing Down Jack Fits For RV, Camper and Travel Trailer Concession Stands and More.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY – This Stabilizer Jack kits comes complete with a lifetime warranty. If the part ever fails on using simply contact us for a replacement.Save time and money by purchasing this part and taking advantage of our lifetime warranty.

7. Permanent Jacks

Permanant jacks

Most jacks are able to be permanently installed underneath your RV (which is a great space-saving hack as it’s one less thing to store in your RV).

Unlike tripod jacks, nearly every jack on our list is able to be bolted under your RV’s frame and retracted when you need them. Tripod jacks fit into your kingpin (which you’ll need for hitching your RV to the tow, so you’re unable to install these permanently).

If we were to recommend an awesome permanent jack, we’d go with the Camco Eaz-Lift:

EAZ LIFT Camco Eaz-Lift 24-inch Heavy-Duty Scissor Jacks | Features a 7,500 lb Load Capacity, a Heavy-Duty Steel Construction, and Comes in a Set of 2 (48830)
  • Effortlessly Stabilizes RVs: Scissor jacks have a certified 7500 lb. load capacity
  • Easy to Install: Allows either bolt-on or weld-on installation
  • Adjustable Height: Can be adjusted from 4 3/8-inches to 23 ¾-inches high
  • Includes: (2) scissor jacks and (1) scissor jack socket for power drill
  • Stabilizes a Variety of Vehicles: Designed to stabilize pop-ups, trailers and other large vehicles; Durable Construction: Made of heavy-duty steel and powder-coated for maximum rust protection

8. Tripod Jacks

Rv tripod jacks

Having a fifth wheel is great, however, you might need some extra stability. This is where a tripod jack comes into play! Tripod jacks are able to give you three new points of contact with the ground, which helps to absorb more movement and vibration.

For the most part, tripod jacks shouldn’t work alone and have a weight capacity of 5,000 pounds. When you do purchase a tripod jack, be sure to find one where the legs are able to be individually adjustable as it makes it easier for you to set it up on the ground if it isn’t level!

We recommend getting this one:

EAZ LIFT Camco Camper/RV 5th Wheel King Pin Tripod Stabilizer | Features Adjustable Height from 38.5′ to 50′ & 5,000 lb Certified Load Capacity | Folds for Easy RV Storage and Organization (48855)
  • Tripod Stabilizer: RV wheel stabilizer is designed to support the overhang at the front of your trailer, preventing it from rocking side to side or front to back while you move around inside
  • How to Adjust: Make major height adjustments by simply moving the adjustable foot pads inward or outward; make minor adjustments at the screw level with the provided stabilizing adjusting lever
  • Compatible with: Use with 5th wheels whose coaches have a kingpin height of 39 inches to 53 inches; 5th wheel tripod stabilizer features a tripod construction for easy set-up and concave pads for multiple heights with 5000lb load capacity
  • Set Includes: 5th wheel stabilizer comes with one hitch cup, a chain with quick link, three bottom pads, three sets of locking nuts and bolts, one top connector with three leg assembly, and one adjusting rod
  • Quality Products: Camco makes quality products for RVing, boating, camping, towing, tailgating, and grilling that help take your passion for the outdoors to the next level

9. Full-Width Double Stabilizers

Lippert high-speed power stabilizer jack

Double stabilizers are incredibly convenient and easy to set up. They have legs on both sides, so if you’re in need of a quick and easy way to stabilize your RV these will do the trick.

Each leg comes down simultaneously to save you some time and is available in both manual and electric varieties (however, the electric setup is what we’d recommend). Electric, full-width double stabilizers can do the job of stabilizing your rig with the push of one button.

Lippert Components High Speed Power Stabilizer Jack Kit with Black Waterproof Switch Kit (298707)
  • Includes waterproof switch, harness and reset breaker
  • Legs extend up to 30”
  • DIMENSIONS: 79” L x 6. 2” W x 19” H, 58 pounds
  • POWERFULLY DESIGNED — No more cranking. With the PSX1, campers can stop wasting time and energy with manual cranks. A flip of a switch is all it takes to take the sway out of your RV or trailer.
  • RUGGED VERSATILITY — We designed our stabilization system to automatically adjust to uneven, rugged terrain. Each leg operates independently, navigating the surface until safely secured in place.Linc remote compatible

10. Universal Stabilizers

Universal rv stabilizers

As you can probably tell by the name, universal RV stabilizers are able to be used on nearly any type (and size) trailer, cargo carrier, RV, and fifth wheel (a permanent trailer jack would be a lifesaver, too).

Universal stabilizers also have two adjustable legs that are mounted onto a single beam that you’re able to insert under your RV’s frame. From there, adjust the legs, strap them together using the strap that comes in the package, and then ratchet the strap and make sure the jack fits tightly under the frame.

We’d recommend grabbing these:

Valterra Universal RV Stabilizer Stop the Sway and Wobble, Adjustable to Fit 14-Inch to 28-Inch Frame to Ground, Compact Design with Storage Bag
  • Folds for easy storage
  • Using two–front and rear or on both sides–makes RV rock solid
  • Sets up in minutes, no tools needed
  • Fits frames 14″H to 28″H

Bonus: Accessories

Lippert Solid Stance RV Step Stabilizer Kit for 5th Wheels, Travel Trailers and Motorhomes
  • MORE STABILITY — This stabilizer gives you the ground support you need to eliminate unwanted bounce and instability when going in and out of your RV
  • PROTECTION — The Solid Stance even helps protect your bottom entry step from wear and sagging
  • ADJUSTABLE — Compatible with height ranges of 5” to 14”, this kit comes with dual, individually adjustable legs that have four adjustment angles to adapt to uneven terrains
  • EASY INSTALLATION — Set up only takes 15-20 minutes — plus, this kit stays attached to your steps for easy storage. No dismantling and reassembling required
  • COMPATIBILITY — The Solid Stance fits all Lippert double and triple Steel Radius Entry Steps and double and triple Alumi-Tread Hybrid Aluminum Entry Step configurations, plus a wide-variety of competitor assemblies
OX BLOX Heavy Duty Trailer Jack Block – Made in USA from 100% Recycled Plastic – Super Strong and Durable – Fits a Variety of Jacks for Campers, Trailers, RVs – Must Have Camper Accessories Gift Ideas
  • Heavy duty: This jack block is made from super strong and durable 100% recycled plastic, providing heavy duty support for your camper trailer RVs.
  • Fits a variety of jacks: Designed to fit a variety of jacks, including trailer jacks, RV tongue jacks, horse trailers, boat trailers and utility trailer jacks, making it versatile and convenient.
  • Stabilizes RV: The RV jack block stand stabilizes your RV, preventing it from rocking or tipping while parked, ensuring a safe and comfortable camping experience.
  • Makes leveling easier: With these trailer jack blocks for RV, leveling your camper becomes a breeze. Simply place them under the jack and adjust as needed for a perfectly secure setup.
  • Made in USA: Proudly made in the America, these camper accessories for travel trailers are crafted with quality and precision, ensuring reliability and longevity.

So Which Camper Stabilizer is Best?

Honestly, it’s up to you and your needs!

Would you rather have permanent RV stabilizers? Or do you want to be able to store them when you’re done using them?

While we’re pretty impartial to the classic scissor jack style, there are plenty of great models on the market today. As long as you have something that’s able to keep your rig steady on uneven ground, you’re in good hands!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question that wasn’t answered above? We’ve got you covered!

Where Do Stabilizer Jacks Go on an RV?

Typically, stabilizer jacks are located at the front and rear of units. Be sure that each jack is in place when it touches the ground and try not to extend it any further as it can get stuck or damaged in the process.

How Many Camper Stabilizer Jacks Do You Need?

That answer really depends.

For lighter RVs, two stabilizer jacks on either side will be able to do the trick. However, we do recommend you have one under each corner. If you’re using a trailer, you should add stabilizers behind the tires as well for added stability.

Simply put, the more stabilizers you add, the better stability you’ll get. There’s really no limit to how many you can add!

How Tight Should Travel Trailer Stabilizer Jacks Be?

A common mistake you can make with your travel trailer stabilizers is having them too snug. While you want them to be snug, you don’t want them to be too tight.

Get to the point where there’s tension on them, but not so much that you’re lifting your RV. It’s very easy to over-tighten your stabilizer jacks, especially if you’re using a drill to do the job.

Should You Put Blocks Under Stabilizer Jacks?

Yes, absolutely!

You should always put blocks under stabilizer jacks. This protects your RV but the soft ground at a campsite as well. Some RV resorts and campgrounds require a barrier between your leading gear and the campsite surface, too.

Are RV slide out stabilizers necessary?

That depends, is your RV an older or newer model?

If you have a newer RV, you don’t need to use slide out stabilizers. In fact, they may do more harm than good – your rig has slide outs that are electronic and automatic, therefore you may not have to support them at all!

With an older rig, though, they can be necessary. RVs with manual slide outs or pop outs may benefit from using them as they’re able to provide peace of mind should you have a shaky slide out!

And there you have it! With this complete guide on RV stabilizer jacks, you can now confidently choose the perfect solution to keep your RV steady and sway-free. No longer will you have to deal with that pesky wobbling while walking around your home on wheels. So go ahead, invest in the right stabilizer jacks for your RV, and experience the comfort and stability you deserve on your next adventure!

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