Trailer tongue kickstand


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Trailer tongue kickstand

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I am trying to decide whether or not I really need a kickstand for my CSC elite trailer. Since it has a swivel hitch the coupler spins over when unhooked and almost touches the ground. Is it just as easy/simple to carry a block around and set the tongue on that?
I have been looking for ideas, but haven't come across anything that screams buy me yet.
If anyone has experience or perhaps a diy idea that would help me decide it would be much appreciated.
Pictures would be much appreciated.
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I'm in the same quandary.
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The picture is cut off, but it looks like there is a stand under the tongue where the safety chains attach?
If you are looking for something that holds the trailer close to level, I would build a stand that swings down and attaches with that crossbolt in the tongue. Something that secures up or down with a pin or latch.
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Yes you are correct Rambozo. The factory stand is a v shaped piece that is welded to the bottom of the tongue.
I'm leaning towards fabricating my own folding stand similar to the one in this picture. It would hold the trailer about level and keep the coupler up off the ground.
That way when I trip over it in the dark, I not only trip, I can hit my shins as well :x
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That is just the kind of stand I was talking about. Only I would not use a clamp mount but something nicer.
One tip I did for a camping trip is I stopped by Harbor Freight for some cheap solar garden lights.
Pulled out the ground spikes and stuck them over the tops of the tent stakes and other trip hazards. Worked a treat.



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I just move the spare tire and put it under the tongue about 6 inches behind the hitch, also a swivel.

drop the hitch to the ground and it rests on the spare tire.
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Here is the way the Lumina and Aluma trailers attach their tongue stands - this picture is of the trailer flipped upside down, with the ball coupler on the right. The bolt is "J" shaped, with a spring on the far side that keeps it pulled in and engaged with the proper holes for "stowed" or "deployed".


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Here is the other side, showing the spring assembly.


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AZgl1800 wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 4:48 am I just move the spare tire and put it under the tongue about 6 inches behind the hitch, also a swivel.

drop the hitch to the ground and it rests on the spare tire.
My spare tire is on top of the tongue, we bungy-cord the propane grill to it. Perfect place for the grill, keeps it out of the cargo space.

With the camper set up the tongue is level and at perfect "Whack the shins" height, but is also at the "Back" of the camper where we generally don't have to deal with it. But would be nice to have a stand for the tongue when the camper ISN'T set up.


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Try one of these:


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tamathumper thanks for those pics. That spring pin looks like the way to go.

MikeB, I hadn't seen those yet. I am going to check them out.

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I made mine. Nice and light. Works perfect.






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MikeB wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 11:30 am Try one of these:
Leveling Jacks.jpg
Those are what's on the four corners of my camper for leveling it. One more on the tongue wouldn't hurt a bit. :D
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Of course if you have the Amazon corner leveling jacks on all four corners already, you can just drop one of the front ones down, works well to hold up the tongue.

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Zman457 wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 11:04 pm That way when I trip over it in the dark, I not only trip, I can hit my shins as well :x
Make sure you leave some sharp burrs on whatever you make, that way you can trip, bang your shins, and cut yourself all at the same time. :twisted:


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