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Old 08-12-2016, 10:49 AM   #1
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Why does my rig jiggle?

I have a Rockwood 8299BS 5th wheel. It has the heavy duty jacks (yellow support braces) in the rear of the trailer. After leveling my trailer and setting the rear jacks, my camper jiggles and moves when walking around inside. I'm not sure what else to do to keep the camper steady. I have a tri-pod to attach to the hitch but I can't imagine it will make that much difference in side-to-side movement. Any tips or tricks?
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:03 AM   #2
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Jt Strongarms or something similar. Diagonal bracing is about the only way to reduce movement. If you're on a seasonal site, you can add some screw jacks under the frame in front and behind the tires.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:27 AM   #3
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Jt Strongarms or something similar. Diagonal bracing is about the only way to reduce movement. If you're on a seasonal site, you can add some screw jacks under the frame in front and behind the tires.
I've seen the JT Strongarms before. Are they something I can install myself or do you recommend having a service shop do the installation? I'm somewhat handy with tools.
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I've seen the JT Strongarms before. Are they something I can install myself or do you recommend having a service shop do the installation? I'm somewhat handy with tools.
they are not bad to install. you can do it yourself in a few hours at most. mine definitely helped the movement inside..

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Old 08-12-2016, 11:44 AM   #5
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We may well go that route, but we are going to try the Valterra RV stabilizers first.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:22 PM   #6
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There are tons of devices out there for RV stabilization. Most work to a degree, some are just gimmicks. Probably best bang for your buck in the long run are SteadyFast or strongarms. Or you can go the cheaper route of the same principal with the ratchet strap frame stabilizers. They are just a pain to setup depending how often you move.

Just know that no amount of devices will eliminate 100% of the movement. Hope all your 'jiggles' are small ones
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Jt strong arms !
Loose the tripod, bulky, heavy, and hard to store.


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Old 08-12-2016, 12:53 PM   #8
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jstaffon,
As I've pointed out to you before, we have the sister Flagstaff 8529IKBS.

There are several trains of thought to help with this and most have been mentioned.

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A. X-Chocks between the wheels & tires.
Get the narrow, not the extended version and you'll still need to crank them tight together to get them between the tires. Then, once inserted, tighten between the tires to stop the 'rolling' movement

B. When leveling, leave the front just ever so slightly low and then run down your rear stabs. Once they are down, raise the front end back to level with the front jacks.
This will allow you to put just slightly more pressure on the rear stab than what you are able to do normally.

C. Obtain two scissor type jacks and use under the axles on each side to reduce the bounce in the center. Because of the design of the torsion axle suspension and the lengthy distance from the front to rear stabs, you really need something there for support. Harbor Freight has them very reasonable.

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JT's Strong Arms or SteadyFast systems.

Either of the methods above will remove about 90 some percent of your jiggle.

Then there is # 3.
Combination of both.
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It just depends how susceptible you are to movement and how much you want to do during set-up.
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We may well go that route, but we are going to try the Valterra RV stabilizers first.
Let us know how they work out. I'm interested
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