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Old 10-08-2016, 02:23 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Tripod

My wife wants me to check into a kingpin tripod stabilizer to keep the rv from bouncing around. I understand that with some Bal X wheel chocks, this combination should fix the problem. The price tag for the tripods are all over the place. My question is, am I okay with the one for the best price, or is there a big difference in quality? Do I need to be looking at a higher dollar/higher quality one or get the cheapie? Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:28 PM   #2
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Before you spend $$ on those a couple of questions.
1, how long is your fiver?
2, have you considered adding a pair of stabilizers just ahead of the axles?
The reason I ask is. We have an air pin box and unless I dump the air a tripod stabilizer is practically useless. Several years ago I added a set of stabilizers just foreword of the axles. Last month we were out for a month. This time I did not install the tripod and honestly did not notice any difference
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:41 PM   #3
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JT Strongarms or some similar setup between the landing jacks will do the same as the pinbox tripod and they are self storing. Mine are homemade.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:47 PM   #4
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Neighbor gave me a tripod. It was so great I could not wait to find someone to give it to and keep it out of the storage area.
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We use X-Chocks and an aluminum tripod. I have tried several times with and without it, and it definitively makes a difference. It will never make the RV as stable as a stick and brick home, but it takes most of the side to side sway out.

I have not tried the JT Strongarm stabilizers, but I think they would serve the same purpose.
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Old 10-09-2016, 04:28 PM   #6
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I used a king pin for about a year. Switched to Steady fast system and never looked back. By far the best value for money , way better than a kingpin tripod... and it literally takes 45 seconds to engage.
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Neighbor gave me a tripod. It was so great I could not wait to find someone to give it to and keep it out of the storage area.
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We use X-Chocks and an aluminum tripod. I have tried several times with and without it, and it definitively makes a difference. It will never make the RV as stable as a stick and brick home, but it takes most of the side to side sway out.

I have not tried the JT Strongarm stabilizers, but I think they would serve the same purpose.
Hmmm...aluminum, huh? I believe I'll have to look into that. Thanks everybody for the replies!
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You can pick up those tripods for cheap on most any buy/sell site as anybody who has actually used one sells it after they figure out it basically does nothing
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I scrapped my tripod once I bought the JT Strong Arms
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