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Lippert Scissor Stabilizer Jack Installation - 2020 K-Z Sportsmen Classic Travel Trailer

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How to Install the Lippert Scissor Stabilizer Jack on a 2020 K-Z Sportsmen Classic Travel Trailer

Hey guys, Kevin here with etrailer. And today I'm gonna be showing you how to install the Lippert 24 inch scissor jack here on our 2020 KZ Sportsmen Classic travel trailer. So as you can see, our neighbor's stabilizer jack is just sitting here and spinning. It's not actually activating the gears inside that'll force the scissor jack down so that we can stabilize our camper. So this actually happens because people come up here and use a impact drill and press on this too hard, because the impact drill's gonna be hammering as it's either reversing or tightening up our scissor jack. So we wanna make sure that we're actually using the hand crank instead of going ahead and using a drill, even though the drill is going to be a whole lot quicker and easier.

So just a little tech tip there for your future use. All right. So as you can see our brackets here have a bolt on each side going up into our frame. So our first step of our installation is just taking this off. I personally like to go back and forth just to keep it even.

I don't want my one side getting pinched a little bit. All right. As we get towards the end of our bolt here I'm gonna actually hold up the bracket just a little bit, just so I don't end up having this thing drop on me. There we go. That one's out.

Now we're gonna finish the other side up. And our stabilizer is free. All right. So as you can see on our brackets here, we have four spots right here and then two others so that we can try and match up to our old bolt holes. That way we don't have to drill anymore, which is a very, very, very common question that we get.

'Cause I also answer questions through emails on our website and this is just something that people constantly posting. "Hey, I need a new stabilizer jack," for whatever reason maybe it got hit. Maybe somebody put it down too far and just ended up breaking it and it needed to be replaced, but they don't want to go ahead and drill new bolt holes. So to mitigate that, we're gonna first check make sure this lines up. So I'll get under the trailer now. So unfortunately, with our bolt holes right now, if we put this down it's going to end up not matching up on both sides. So one little trick that we can do is these brackets are actually removable. All you need to do is just double check the bolt holes on your old one and you can just take the brackets off of that. So what we're gonna do now is I'll just measure and make sure that the bolts on our brackets line up exactly how these ones do. And then we can take these off, put our old ones back onto this one, and then just bolt it right back up into the place that we had it already. All right. So I measured the distance between our bolt holes on our old stabilizer and then our new one and found that they're both two inches center to center. So I will be able to take these bolts out and then put our brackets onto our new stabilizers. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that now. All right. So now I'm gonna do the same thing to my new stabilizer. I'm just gonna take these bolts off so I can get off our brackets. All right. So my bolts are just a tiny bit bigger and they're not gonna fit it through my holes here. So I'm just gonna drill this out just a little bit so I can get my bolts through. It doesn't matter this isn't like threaded or anything. It's literally just gonna sit through there and then be tightened on with our lock and nut. So you may have to do this at home. Not every application is the same, just a little FYI for you. All right. So I went ahead and drilled out both of my holes a little bit bigger, just so that I can get my bolts through. So on this little centerpiece here that holds the bolts in place and kind of keeps us exactly how it should be, you're gonna see two indentations for the bolts. So as we're sliding our bolt through we're gonna wanna make sure that we're actually lacing it into that little groove that's on each side with our bolt. So let's start with our right side here. We're gonna pass it through. Try to line it up with our other side here and then we can do our other bolt. You may have to fight it just a little bit. Sometimes these are a little bit tight, trying to pass the bolt through, but I drilled out the hole pretty good. So we don't really have any issues. I have that pop right on. And now we can go ahead and put on our locking nuts. So I'm just gonna do it hand tight to start, and then we will go from there, tightening it down with our socket. I recommend kind of going back and forth with this too just so that you don't have like, as you can see right now, we're real tight on one side. I wanna make sure that I'm not pinching our brackets to where they're not gonna line up great with our holes. All right. Now that we have our brackets back on, we can go ahead, set this right up against our frame and put it back in place. All right. So our kit's gonna come with some shiny new hardware. Honestly, you could just reuse the hardware you already have, but I'm gonna go ahead and reuse or use the new hardware. So, one other thing, when our, placing my jack up back up on our frame, I wanna make sure that I have our spindle piece here actually facing out, that way we can access it to put the stabilizer down. If we place it the other way it's gonna be a real hassle trying to get under the trailer and lower our stabilizer down. All right. Now with it up in place, I'm just gonna hand tighten some of these bolts, gonna get lined up and supported a bit before I go ahead and tighten it down. If they give you a little bit of trouble, go ahead and throw your wrench on there. I'm gonna try and get a couple of bolts in here, extra, but you really only need two. All right. I'm able to get one more up in the front here. Let's go ahead and put that on. And I'm just a little bit too far off to get another bolt in the other factory hole there. So we'll just leave that off. Like I said, you really only need two bolts and we got three in there anyway, so we'll be good to go. All right. Now that we have our stabilizing jack in place I'm gonna go ahead and test it out for you. So we'll stick on our crank As you can see, real smooth operation going down. Like I said, you don't want to use an impact drill on this or else it's gonna sit there and hammer it. It's gonna end up breaking your jack and then you'll have to get a new one. And another thing I wanna say is to make sure that once you start hitting the ground here, that we're just letting it, as you can kind of hear, our camper started making a little noise 'cause it's pressing up against the wood of our frame here. That's all you need to go. You don't wanna go any more than that. These are not meant to lift. It says there's 24 inches of lift. That really just means from up here down to the ground. This will move and make up that distance. Stabilizing jacks are only to mitigate any side to side sway when you guys are inside of your trailers. It's not actually there to lift your trailer up. It is not a jack like you use on your car. So you just gotta keep that in mind and don't put too much strain on these. Obviously with this one being 5,000 pounds, it's well over the weight capacity needed for this kind of trailer 'cause this one's only maybe around like 3,500 pounds, but make sure that you get the right thing and that you're using it correctly. Otherwise, you can have an issue or end up breaking your jack. And another thing is you're gonna wanna make sure that if you're on uneven ground, maybe get some jack stands, some of those little plates. Maybe a rubber base or something like that, which we also sell here at etrailer that can help raise up the jack a little bit. So you're not having to crank it out as far, 'cause the farther that you put your jack out the less stable it's gonna be. Well, I think that about does it for our installation today of the Lippert 24 inch scissor jack here on our 2020 KZ Sportsmen Classic travel trailer. My name's Kevin. Thanks for watching..

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