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Old 01-02-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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tri-pod?

I keep seeing those tri-pod stands under 5th wheels that appear to be in storage or on seasonal sites. Is that a structural thing or do people put them under the hitch as a stabilizer?
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They're a stabilizer but the majority of people that have them say they're not worth the money.
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That was what I thought but wjth the two spindley props they have for landing gear I didnt know. We have never had one on our merhow goosenech LQ horse trailer and it only has one very heavy duty center landing gear,but it is rated for 10k lbs by Bulldog. The cherokee LG looks rather flimsy and I dont want to get any structural issues going by leaveing it sitting on them.
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They're a stabilizer but the majority of people that have them say they're not worth the money.
I will respectfully disagree....first season we did without a tripod as we didn't think we needed it...then my wife said since I am an early riser, when I got up in the morning and moved around the trailer, there was noticeable movement( no I am not a heavy guy, just your average 190 lb male). We already were using the BAL X-Choks and rear stabilizers, so we decided to try a tripod....made a very noticeable difference, and now we wouldn't be without. We don't bother if we are just stopping for an overnighter, but any more than that and it's going on! Takes a cpl minutes, and helps alot to stabilize the trailer and minimize the inside movement. They are very reasonably priced on Amazon.
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X2 WFD - the tripod absolutely works! Thin about it: the tripod is stabilizing the floor of your bedroom (most 5ers)

Having said that, we stopped using our tripod and switched to JT Strongarms. We are now absolutely rock solid - only way we could be better would be to get hydraulic stabilizers
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X2 on the jt strong arms. We have these and love them. Have not felt the need to add a tripod.
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The tripod does work for us as a stabilizer but it is not the total answer at some point plan on trying the jt strong arms, but need to find out if I can use them or if they would be an issue with our campground when they put it in storage. (We do this on the seconds half of the year)
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The tripod does work for us as a stabilizer but it is not the total answer at some point plan on trying the jt strong arms, but need to find out if I can use them or if they would be an issue with our campground when they put it in storage. (We do this on the seconds half of the year)
Not sure how the JT's would be a issue? When you get ready to store (or move) your 5er, you just loosen the T-bolts and the JT's retract within themselves as you raise the stab jacks & Landing gear. If the park moves the 5er for you, what I would do is loosen the T-bolts before you leave the camp. The T-bolts do not have to be tightened in order to store the 5er
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Not sure how the JT's would be a issue? When you get ready to store (or move) your 5er, you just loosen the T-bolts and the JT's retract within themselves as you raise the stab jacks & Landing gear. If the park moves the 5er for you, what I would do is loosen the T-bolts before you leave the camp. The T-bolts do not have to be tightened in order to store the 5er
X2. When the campground puts th d landing gear back down for storage they do not need to tighten the strong arm bolts. This allows them to slide up and down freely as the landing gear is extended and retracted. We do tighten them for cricketing kind of distance (per manufacturer recommendations) and when we are set up to camp. They are easy peasy to use.
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I will respectfully disagree....first season we did without a tripod as we didn't think we needed it...then my wife said since I am an early riser, when I got up in the morning and moved around the trailer, there was noticeable movement( no I am not a heavy guy, just your average 190 lb male). We already were using the BAL X-Choks and rear stabilizers, so we decided to try a tripod....made a very noticeable difference, and now we wouldn't be without. We don't bother if we are just stopping for an overnighter, but any more than that and it's going on! Takes a cpl minutes, and helps alot to stabilize the trailer and minimize the inside movement. They are very reasonably priced on Amazon.
The OP was only asking what those things were used for....
My first thought was all the threads on numerous RV forums where many say they weren't worth the money. I should have kept my comments to myself when you are the one who have the experience with them.... not me.
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