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stable lift for campers new
      #140030 - 10/11/04 01:37 PM

So anybody got one? These look like the best option for a camper setup. Seriously looking at adding one of these to the alaskan.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #140036 - 10/11/04 02:14 PM

Doesn't look well suited for off-road use.
Manual jacks are the way to go

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: fishhog]
      #140137 - 10/12/04 01:47 AM

Talked with maker on phone today... says can have camper off in a minute and half!!! by himself... gonna go camper poor on top of boat/truck. I need a second job...

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #156160 - 12/18/04 05:59 PM

saw this in person today on a truck at costco. Fella had just installed it to the truck , but seemed quite tickled with the new system. Says it lives up to the claims of easy on off and stable platform for the camper. He did say it took him two days to get it on!! With help so this is a fairly big project.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #156344 - 12/19/04 08:41 PM

I dont know if its possible to add to your camper, but My camper has remote Atco Jacks all four independent. I can have my camper on or off ready to go in 15 minutes and its nice to have the four independent for leveling close to the ground.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Outlaw76]
      #156350 - 12/19/04 08:53 PM

this is 2-3 minute on off time and can be leveled. Extremely nice setup for campers, just the most expensive too.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #156353 - 12/19/04 08:59 PM

seems like a lot of hardware hanging down to get caught up on what-ever. With my electric jacks, about 10-15 min? and nothing huge hanging down?

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Screaminreelron]
      #156377 - 12/19/04 10:46 PM

not the lowest point of truck but you could loose a little clearance in /\/\ type terrain. But you could hit jacks too. I don't think its a issue in normal use, If I think I going into that type of country I could put the camper down in a couple minutes if I didn't feel comfortable. Thats the beauty of the system .. fast on and don't need level ground to do it. Can't really say that for standard jacks. I have sold myself on them just a matter of time for me to own a setup.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #157143 - 12/22/04 08:37 PM

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I bought a used camper a little over a year ago that had a stable lift on it. I took it off and installed it on my camper. It is a fairly involved project. I had a full day dawn to dusk in removing from one camper and installing it on mine. It is great. No tie-downs. You really can unload it in about 2 minutes. It is very stable on the ground and levels up nice. I would highly recommend it.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #158750 - 12/29/04 01:31 PM

I put one on my bigfoot camper. I like the fact that it is really steady when you take it off and easy and fast. Down side. Mine came to me with rust spots on it. They charged me extra shipping to have it sent to my house they didnt tell me about. An extra charge from the carrier because it was delivered to a residental address. I would have had it shipped to my buddies warehouse as that was where I was planning on installing it at. Then I had the controls fail multiple times the box that they run all the wiring into was crimp connectors on spade plugs and pushed onto the back of the three switches. They just used a hot glue gun to try and hold them in place. I have tried recrimping the connectors so they hold tighter where they connect to the switches. On the third failure I just tore the whole thing apart and redid it all. Oh and be sure and keep your manual crank and hex key handy when it fails on you and you need to change your spare. I took mine to the tire store to get new rims and I lifted the camper about 2 inches and th motor quit. I new exactly what was wrong one of the main wires either power or ground failed again. The quickest solution was to take the motors off and hand crank it. Witch leads me to the fact that you cannot change a rear tire on my rig without lifting the camper and moving the truck forward with a flat. Oh and did I say that I did hit the lift on a curb going over it. My truck is a 4x4 and sit up a little and it still hit. You need to be pretty carefull. It took two days with three guys to install because I had to remove alot of the appliance's to get to where the wholes needed to be drilled then install everything back in place. One thing I did to strengthen it up was to make 1/4 inch plates out of some aluminum and put in the inside I figured that would be much stronger than the washers they recommended. Basically it is the first and last one I will ever install. Next time I will just go with electic jacks at each corner with a remote . Poor customer service in my opinion. Oh yeah as soon as I put it on and had problems I removed the stickers with their name no free advertising with me. So You can probably guess my recomendation on these.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: troller]
      #158755 - 12/29/04 01:54 PM

Good to hear both sides thanks for the insights/pitfalls

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #179178 - 04/01/05 03:16 PM

So what did ya figure out Tinus?

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: WoodsyWayne]
      #179367 - 04/02/05 12:44 AM

I would like one but buried on my bob the builder stuff right now. It fits the master plan

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #179854 - 04/04/05 06:31 PM

I hear ya, Go! Bob!!

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: WoodsyWayne]
      #182584 - 04/20/05 08:38 AM

I got the 4 electric Atwoods (I think) on my 1025 Lance and I love them. The remote is wireless, and in all honesty, the camper is off the truck and leveled in less than 10 minutes. The camper is plenty stable to sleep in off the truck (just did 5 nights @ Cathlamet). The stable lift might be an awesome unit, but I don't like the "looks" of it...I'd probably break something on it.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: snit]
      #182587 - 04/20/05 08:58 AM

I like the stability and ease of load/unload of the Stable Lift, but I don't like the price. Guess I'll stick with my electric jacks....they're pretty nice.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: BorntoFish]
      #182701 - 04/20/05 06:09 PM

i've been thinking about getting a stable lift, cause when i get the spot where i'm gonna camp, i need my truck for driving around and launching. i also want to stay in the camper with it at truck height (with stablility) so i can use the awning on the side. all i got right now is the hydrolic manual kind on the corners, and i have to lower it to some blocks to sleep in it. when it's on the blocks, it's too low to use the awning.

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Re: stable lift for campers [Re: steelheader63]
      #182772 - 04/21/05 12:11 AM

They look like a solid idea and the only draw back for me is finding the money/time to geterdone.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: troller]
      #231349 - 01/31/06 05:52 PM

I was seriously considering the Stable Lift but, after reading this review, I'm not so sure. Have any other users experienced similar problems?

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: PaPaK]
      #231355 - 01/31/06 06:07 PM

I sure would like to have this system on the truck.. I don't use the camper because of the hassle to load/unload. Seen one a couple locally and they were tickled pink with the systems when I chatted with them.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: Marty]
      #231554 - 02/01/06 08:50 PM

No doubt the system is sweet....just too damned expensive.

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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: BorntoFish]
      #300169 - 09/03/07 06:18 PM

My experience - make your own decision:
Was told over the phone before ordering that "it would add 100 pounds" - It shipped at 450lbs and after removing and weighing my standard jacks they totaled 150lbs. The only item not used in the install from shipping was two 4x4's a few thin sheets of cardboard and some cellophane wrap - so you do the math! This did hurt gas mileage and suspension.
Installed on a fiberglass (Northern lights) camper on a Ford dually (with duallie's, you can not install it as optimally as it was made to work). I took my time because I wanted all the clearances as close as possible, it took 2 full weekends 8 hours a day. Mine also took longer and added extra weight because I had to install extra support plywood since my camper is fiberglass.
Before lifting you need to make sure all spaces around the bottom of the pipes (the ones that rest on the ground) are equally touching the ground as much as possible or the leveling will not work out very well. This is a lot more space than just 4 small jack pads.
Ask yourself if your really okay with removing major parts from inside your camper, drilling 16 holes (8 each side) then reinstalling major parts? You also have to drill holes in your truck frame!
One of the under suspension parts wasn't long enough so I wrote them and asked if they could make me one 3 inches longer - no reply and haven't seen any parts yet??

So, is it easier to take on and off? - Yes. Is it more stable than jacks? - Yes. Is it worth all the other negatives? - Not really. I could just as easily, and with less weight; just take 2 4x4's and 4 small jack stands and used them with the original camper jacks and had things just as stable. It would be a little more time consuming but so was the purchase, install and extra stops at gas stations, and now the subsequent removal, sale and shipping of the dang monstrosity. I too took off their advertising!


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Re: stable lift for campers new [Re: hmmmmm]
      #300191 - 09/03/07 07:40 PM

Marty just needs a different camper. Try this one.

Sport-Cam 1158Z: The Crawling Truck Camper

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