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Old 08-24-2011, 03:48 PM   #11
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I'll try to get some pictures later today. I got the ball-and-socket fittings at a handyman supply center, where they have stuff to make stuff. Hydraulics, sprockets, bearings, tools, trailer axles, pretty much everything you need to build anything. My favorite store!

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Old 08-24-2011, 09:04 PM   #12
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Here are a couple of pictures showing my version of the steady-fast system. I welded a 1x2 rectangular steel tube between the leg towers so I had a solid attachment point for the stabilizer bars, plus it adds strength to the legs.
The side bars are mounted (at the back) to the camper frame. The mounts are bolted solidly to the frame. I had to remove the basement door opening tubs (those black plastic tubs by the door) to gain access to the frame, but that was easy.
The ball-and-joint ends come in many sizes, I just got some that had bolt ends about the same size as the holes in the legs.
There is virtually no slack in the system anywhere, and is very quick to use. And it looks a lot slicker than the real Steady-Fast. I don't know why they made it so complicated, other than they could charge more.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:53 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by bobsquarepants View Post
I have the BAL X-Chocks, they reduced movement quite a bit...but I'm still not happy. So I have ordered a set of JT Strong Arms so hopefully those will work. Seems to me Iggy on the forum here has the Steady Fast system maybe he can chime in. I decided against the kingpin tripod as I have read mixed reviews, and it's another piece of gear to carry and stow.
i was going to type up a reply to the original post.....but bob pretty much said the exact same thing i was going to

i have the bal xchocks.....they serve better as a wheel chock than they do as a stabilizer. i didnt notice much difference

a guy i always camp with has the strong arms. it is literally night and day difference. worth every penny

never owned a kingpin tripod/bipod....but all i hear are mixed reviews. and like bob take up ALOT of room

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