I didn’t say they were installed, I said they were in place.
There is no place on the Apache camp trailer that will allow a scissor jack to be permanently mounted. There is a 4″‘ x 5″ pad where the original jacks were bolted to the trailer. The pad is welded to the frame. The frame extends down 2″ from the pad. The scissor jack cannot be put into the closed position because of the frame. The best I could do was raise the base plate only 5″ from the ground. Not a lot of clearance. If I added a 2″ spacer, the scissor jack would extend 6″ from the bottom of the trailer in the travel position.
The I remembered looking at some comments on one of the websites selling the scissor jacks. Someone had purchased the jacks, but had the same problem I would have: No clearance. He simply raised his trailer with the scissor jacks, without installing them.
I discovered that if I changed the orientation of one of the mounting wings, the jack would fit precisly on the old mounting pad. So, I removed two nuts from each jack, rotated the mounting wing by 180 degrees, and it works great.
Note how the mounting wings are pointed in the same direction. In normal circumstances, they would both extend away from the jack.
The jack in the picture below in on the drivers side, rear and is pointed toward the center of the trailer (The jack on the oposite side has the same orientation.)
The above jack is at the front of the trailer, and is pointed toward the back of the trailer. Its twin is on the other side of the tongue, in the same orientation.
With all 4 jacks in place, there is very little wiggle to the camper. It does not move because two of the feet are oriented in one direction, and the other two at 90 degrees. A 5″ x 9″ foot plate creates a lot of stability. I am sure we will find out soon. The new camping area is superb.
The above picture is of one of the jacks at the rear of the trailer. Notice the pad where the original jack was mounted. Both rear jacks are oriented toward each other.
The above picture is of one of the front jacks. Again, note the pad where the old jack was mounted. The pad is a flat s-shape. On the right, there is a post for the 1/2″ electrical conduit which holds the pop-out in place. That’s where my clearance problem came from.
Using the new jacks is going to ba about as much work as the old ones. I will leave the jacks in an almost open position. When I get to the camp site, a few cranks on the jack will finish the leveling. I noticed the tool that comes with the jacks is less than sufficient. I have a racheting dogbone that works a lot better. If you have any questions, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org