What are these?

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  1. BgClick

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    I had a look under the motorhome and saw what I think are legs to stabilise the MH but I'm not sure, anyone identify this item? Image attached
     

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    That's exactly what they are we have them at the back of our MH very rarely use them though.
     
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    their steadies as suggested, but watch they dont seize up if you rarely use them. we had some of those on a previous van that were very awkward to use, they eventually started to rust and lock in place due to road debris and water. i stripped them down cleaned and greased them, rarely used them though

    i saw one camper trying to plough a field on a THS because he forgot that the steadies were down when moving off once, so its stuck in my mind about not using them unless necessary.
     
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    When would one use them?
    And how are they deployed?
     
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    You will need a longish winding handle. Possibly stored in a belly locker somewhere.
    This you fit on the largish hexagon bolt head and wind clockwise to deploy them. They move firstly to a vertical position then extend to the ground. You may need chicks underneath if on soft ground.
    They will stop the van rocking excessively if your parked up broadside up to a severe wind.
    Used mine weekend before last for the second time since I had the van nealy five years ago.
    If you use yours, after extending them, store the winding handle through the steering wheel of the van, as this will remind you about them before you drive off.

    Peter
     
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    We've used ours once on our tandem axle chassis, and TBH, we didn't notice any difference at all, so not used them since.

    Good advice above, re the servicing of them, especially if not in regular use. :thumb:

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    Is there something about the properties of baby birds or pretty young women that I'm not aware of?
     
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    We have them on our van and use them most times we are away. The previous owner had left some wooden blocks as chocks but they tended to soak in water in damp weather so I cut a redundant plastic chopping board in half and drilled each half to take a handle made from some scrap electrical cable.

    The mobile engineer who did our habitation check in January (first anniversary of buying the van) checked and greased them.
     
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    It's easy to forget they are down when driving away :Doh:............

    ......... my advice is, that when you have them lowered, place the winding handle across the accelerator and brake pedals as a reminder.:Cool:
     
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    Tried mine with Chicks Peter but they were a bit squidgy at the end

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    Will Try Chocks next time.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Ha ha, chicks indeed.
    The benefits of auto spellcheckers and posting at 3am are obvious now.

    Peter
     
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    We have these too. They don't look like they have ever been used. So I ain't even going to try and wind them.... Ten years and never been used? Wonder why? The previous owner who took so much trouble looking after the van seems to have neglected these completely.
     
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    Have these on mine and use them all the time, spray them occasionally with oil and use an old caravan steady winding handle left over from my tugging days.
     
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    I refuse to answer this question here...:Blush::Blush::Blush:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    I concur JJ; and if your chick's on the ground why would you need to stabilise the MoHo?
     
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    Why refuse? Based on the fact I am a beginner I expect you would excuse me if the usage is blindingly obvious. So is it because i used "one" as an impersonal in a sentence? :)
     
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    Whoops!

    My attempt at humour has misfired...

    Sorry BgClick.

    The only time I would need to use the stabilising legs on my classic Hymer would be when certain activities requiring considerable physical movements were taking place inside the van over a considerable length of time (one or two minutes).

    However, as I joked in my post, I refuse to talk about it here.

    Sorry I upset you.

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Me too.
     
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    Think along the lines of If the vans a rockin' Don't come a knockin':Wink:
     
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