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Old 08-30-2016, 08:58 AM   #1
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Anyone have SteadyFast or JT Strongarms installed?

Looking for real world experience with anyone who has either stabilization system installed.

Looking at SteadyFast more.

Need to know:
Did it really help to justify cost? ($291)
Hard to install?
Importantly, DID IT FIT this particular 5th wheel?
How you like it?

Thanks.

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Old 08-30-2016, 09:09 AM   #2
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They help considerably. Worth the cost. Installed on a fifth wheel. If ordering, measure between the front jack legs. There are 2 different versions for fifth wheel. You may also need the foot pad extension kit if you have the rear electrical stabilizers
Will take 3-4 hours to install by yourself, a drill with good bits, several wrenches, and a few beers.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:12 AM   #3
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They help considerably. Worth the cost. Installed on a fifth wheel. It ordering, check the distance between the front jack legs. There are 2 different versions for fifth wheel. You may also need the foot pad extension kit if you have the rear electrical stabilizers
Will take 3-4 hours to install by yourself, a drill with good bits, several wrenches, and a few beers.
Thanks man.

The instructions, even for the bolted-on model, says welding is involved......to actually weld the bolt head to the footplate. Seems counter-intuitive to me......if I pay extra for the bolt on model, why do I still need to weld?

Drilling the holes and installing doesn't scare me. But buying it and then finding out it won't fit does.......or that I can't install it without taking it to a welder somewhere.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:26 AM   #4
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I have the JT StrongArm system. No welding was involved... but if you do not have a support or cross member within 18 inches of the rear jacks then you may heave to add one. My distance was 23". I did not add one and the system works fine.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:43 AM   #5
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We got the JTs about 5 years ago and I definitely think they were worth it. DH wasn't so sure, so the last time we camped, I didn't tighten them. That evening, DH commented that the 5er sure was bouncing a lot. W have an active 9 year old. I told him that I hadn't tightened them down so he could see how much movement there was. Before bed, he went out and tightened them up.

No one can tell you whether the cost can be justified......FOR YOU. For us, yes, definitely.

I ordered the JTs and they came in the morning we were leaving on a trip. We threw them in the 5er and DH and I installed them in a couple of hours at the campground with the tools we had in the RV. We sure didn't have to do any welding.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:46 AM   #6
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You have the Six Point Level Up system, will anything work on that, I never seen any on the Six Point
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:47 AM   #7
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Have had JT's on my last 3 fivers ... wouldn't leave home with out them. Infinitely better than dragging the ole tripod around. Easy install if you follow the instructions. I have "Level Up" on my Silverback and bolted the adaptors on my round feet. You have to grind a bit of clearance in the adaptors for the forked end on the rod, but no biggie. Steady Fast works as well ... I just prefered JT's design over-all. No welding for me.
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Anyone have SteadyFast or JT Strongarms installed?

Put jt strongarms on my bosses fifth wheel in 1.5 hrs
Drilling required.
I've had them on mine for almost a year and love them!

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Thanks man.

The instructions, even for the bolted-on model, says welding is involved......to actually weld the bolt head to the footplate. Seems counter-intuitive to me......if I pay extra for the bolt on model, why do I still need to weld?

Drilling the holes and installing doesn't scare me. But buying it and then finding out it won't fit does.......or that I can't install it without taking it to a welder somewhere.
SteadyFast does have a bolt kit for the round footpads on level up systems. It is Item Q on the purchase page: Welcome to Steady fast

Instructions were written before they came out with the kit for level up systems. So no welding necessary.

They also show the bolt on kit used on 6 point level up system here:
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Call them before you order and they will ensure you have everything you need. VERY NICE FOLKS!!!!!

Enjoy!!!!
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:07 AM   #10
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OK, I'm sold on the concept.

I can't answer WHY exactly, but I like the SteadyFast better. Regardless, I am hearing from others that it can't be done on the 6 Pt Leveling System (even though SteadyFast website has specific model for that), and 2nd that welding is required. Not a deal breaker, but i'd have to find a welding shop.

Is there really some big difference between the two? Everyone that has EITHER Loves it.......so no buyer's remorse appears to be evident either way.
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