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Old 07-31-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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If you could only buy one.

If you could buy either x-chocks or a kingpin tripod for stabilizing your 5th wheel, which would it be? Or, is it better to use both? I tried making a wooden version of squeeze type chocks and tried them this past weekend, they were completely loose when I went to remove them. We are having quite a bit of front to back motion, but it goes side to side a little too.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:49 AM   #3
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If you could buy either x-chocks or a kingpin tripod for stabilizing your 5th wheel, which would it be? Or, is it better to use both? I tried making a wooden version of squeeze type chocks and tried them this past weekend, they were completely loose when I went to remove them. We are having quite a bit of front to back motion, but it goes side to side a little too.

If you installed them right after you arrived at your destination, this is normal. As you drive the tires will heat up and expand. If you install them while the tires are hot, as the tires cool down they will shrink and the chocks will be loose. I install our roto-choks immediately when arriving at our destination and then a few hours later tighten them just a bit more.

I use chocks and a king pin stabilizer. If I were to use just one, it would be the chocks. I personally like Rot-chok:


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Old 08-01-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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i don't think either will give u the stability u think u should have.
i installed the steady fast system on my 5th wheel this spring. they make a big difference. king pin stabelizer did little for me.
the steady fast system is better when the land gear isn't run out almost to its limit: our first trip, we set up on level ground and rear stabilizers and front landing gear jacks were extended "normal", trailer was very steady; second trip, we had a sloap, rear stabilizers were extended very little, front landing gear jacks were almost all the way. in fact, i had to retract the land gear almost all the way (while on the truck), drop the feet, then run the out again to get it level. the steady fast was still good but the trailer still had more rock in it.

u need the chocks but ultimately, u are going to go to the braces to stabilize the trailer (there are two systems mentioned in these post, i have steady fast. cost is going to be abt 3 times the cost of the king pin stabilizer but it works). on a large trailer, the king pin jack does very little.
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i had more problems getting past the advertisement for the steady fast. if i hadn't read other (independent) reviews, i would not have bought them. lets face it, it isn't likely people are walking around the campground noticing ur trailer jumping around.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:21 PM   #6
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I've never seen the steady fast unit, but I understand triangulation as a stabilizing means and that sounds good, as does the short setup and tear down time. I think I'll look into that in the spring. Thanks everyone.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:26 AM   #7
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I built my own 'steady fast' system, using ball-and-socket fittings on the ends of each rod. I also welded a 1"x2" rectangular tube between the front landing gear leg support tubes, first to add strength to the front legs, and second to provide a solid attachment point for the two side-to-side stabilzer bars up front.
I attached front-to-back stabilizer bars to both front legs, and didn't just screw them into the wood strip under the camper frame, but bolted them right through the frame. This required removing the the plastic tubs in the basement door openings to access the frame, but that was easy.

I had a tripod for the fifth wheel pin before, and it was pretty good, but my 'steady fast' system is better. The main thing is that there is no slop in it whatsoever, thanks to the solid mounting and the ball-joint ends I used. Any slop in the system at all will allow the camper to move.
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I built my own 'steady fast' system, using ball-and-socket fittings on the ends of each rod. I also welded a 1"x2" rectangular tube between the front landing gear leg support tubes, first to add strength to the front legs, and second to provide a solid attachment point for the two side-to-side stabilzer bars up front.
I attached front-to-back stabilizer bars to both front legs, and didn't just screw them into the wood strip under the camper frame, but bolted them right through the frame. This required removing the the plastic tubs in the basement door openings to access the frame, but that was easy.

I had a tripod for the fifth wheel pin before, and it was pretty good, but my 'steady fast' system is better. The main thing is that there is no slop in it whatsoever, thanks to the solid mounting and the ball-joint ends I used. Any slop in the system at all will allow the camper to move.
Do you have any photos of this setup that you'd be willing to share? I sorta enjoy making my own things from time to time.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:44 PM   #9
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I had the x-blocks. They worked a bit. That is until I drove off with them still installed. Depressingly, the truck didn't even 'groan' when pulling out. On the plus side, nothing was damaged (except the x-locks - which I was able to bend back into shape).

Since these didn't stop the shakes, we've asked many 5er's what they thought of the tripod and had mixed reviews, with few really impressed.

However, we also found a few people with the SteadyFast system (or similar) and they universally raved about how good it was.

I prefer things made in the US, and they've been responsive to my emails. Once I get done paying for the damage caused by the Chinese tire failure ($2914 - picked it up today...), I'll be ordering a set of the SteadyFast stabilizers.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:28 PM   #10
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I built my own 'steady fast' system, using ball-and-socket fittings on the ends of each rod. .
crocus -

I'd like to know more about your ball-and-socket fittings. Where did you get them, how are they attached, do you have pictures?

Thanks.
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