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Old 01-03-2018, 09:06 AM   #1
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RV Stabilizer that works!

WOW! We have been trying to get the rocking out of our 5th wheel for 4 years now. We have tried the front end stabilizer, super slide stabilizer jacks and not thing helped. I finally took a good look one day at the weight displacement and noticed after the rear axle there is one set of stabilizers and then about 9' to the end. Well I always laughed at the valterra rear stabilizer... how can a small aluminum brace help.. WELL call me a bone head. we bought one to test and wham! no more rock and sway.

Here is the information for it and now my 39' 5th wheel is stable for $50.

http://www.valterra.com/product/rv-s.../?pcat_id=1223
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:21 AM   #2
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I'm glad they worked for you. We found absolutely no benefit to using it. I ended up selling it here on FRF.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:29 AM   #3
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I'm guessing if you have 9' from your last stabilizers, to the back end of your rig, anything you put back there would help. That is a L O N G overhang with nothing stabilizing it.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:30 AM   #4
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WOW! We have been trying to get the rocking out of our 5th wheel for 4 years now. We have tried the front end stabilizer, super slide stabilizer jacks and not thing helped. I finally took a good look one day at the weight displacement and noticed after the rear axle there is one set of stabilizers and then about 9' to the end. Well I always laughed at the valterra rear stabilizer... how can a small aluminum brace help.. WELL call me a bone head. we bought one to test and wham! no more rock and sway.

Here is the information for it and now my 39' 5th wheel is stable for $50.

http://www.valterra.com/product/rv-s.../?pcat_id=1223
The Valterra pic on your link appears to show this stabilizer deployed along the side frame just behind the 5th wheel's landing jack. Is that where you used yours?
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:16 AM   #5
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I use this on the back of my Sunseeker MH that has no stabilizers and it helps keep the bedroom and bathroom stable. Very happy with them.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:10 PM   #6
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WOW! We have been trying to get the rocking out of our 5th wheel for 4 years now. We have tried the front end stabilizer, super slide stabilizer jacks and not thing helped. I finally took a good look one day at the weight displacement and noticed after the rear axle there is one set of stabilizers and then about 9' to the end. Well I always laughed at the valterra rear stabilizer... how can a small aluminum brace help.. WELL call me a bone head. we bought one to test and wham! no more rock and sway.
I use two of them. One at the tail end and one under the steps. These along with the x-chocks and JT Strong Arms have made it pretty solid.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:46 PM   #7
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I've found that the Lippert one touch self leveling system often raises mine to high to get level. It seems it prefers to keep raising corners to achieve level rather than lower, often to the point of lifting the wheels. This makes for a shaky 5th wheel. I've found too that if I drop it back down manually I can re-level manually without nearly as much piston extension resulting in a shake free or nearly shake free trailer. I have one of those stablilizers left over from my TT. Worked good with the TT but haven't needed it yet with the 5th.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:43 PM   #8
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WOW! We have been trying to get the rocking out of our 5th wheel for 4 years now. We have tried the front end stabilizer, super slide stabilizer jacks and not thing helped. I finally took a good look one day at the weight displacement and noticed after the rear axle there is one set of stabilizers and then about 9' to the end. Well I always laughed at the valterra rear stabilizer... how can a small aluminum brace help.. WELL call me a bone head. we bought one to test and wham! no more rock and sway.

Here is the information for it and now my 39' 5th wheel is stable for $50.

http://www.valterra.com/product/rv-s.../?pcat_id=1223
I have a JT strong arm stabilizers, this makes 4 triangles in front and 2 at the rear. A triangle is a rigid geometric structure which can not be flexed unless you break it. This is not true for a trapezoid such as the one above so it probably is inferior to a system based on triangles.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:55 PM   #9
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I use two of them. One at the tail end and one under the steps. These along with the x-chocks and JT Strong Arms have made it pretty solid.
That's where I put them, rear bumper and under stairs. I make sure I put boards or pads under them.

In the past, if I just let them rest on dirt or gravel they didn't work very well.

On pads or concrete, solid as a rock....
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I make sure I put boards or pads under them.

In the past, if I just let them rest on dirt or gravel they didn't work very well.

On pads or concrete, solid as a rock....
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