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Old 07-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by garbonz View Post
From an engineering standpoint the tripod can't work effectively for lateral movement, it doesn't have enough angle to be effective, the landing gear or leveling system does fine for the up and down. It is the side to side and front to back that needs help, and that is done ONLY by wheel chocks (rotochoks or xchocks) and landing gear stabilizers like Jack's, Winfield's, Hansen's. The extreme horizontal angle is what stops the side to side wiggling.


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Old 07-09-2013, 10:08 PM   #12
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The tripod actually does a very effective job of stopping the nose of the fifth wheel from moving from side to side. Coupled with wheel chocks and a good set of stabilizer jacks on the back of the camper, most motion can be eliminated.
I used to use one, but made a set of stabilizers for my front and rear jacks, so don't need it any longer. But the tripod was just as good at stabilizing the camper. I just didn't like bumping into it all the time.
As for taking weight off the front of the fifth, that wouldn't seem necessary considering the beating it takes going down the road.

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:52 PM   #13
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The tripod might add some stability, but the cross braces on the landing legs provide a much wider base and thus add more stability and by the fact that a large portion of the weight is on the legs and they are not subjected to sliding as a tripod and a bigger plus is they are self-storing.

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