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Old 08-17-2014, 09:58 AM   #21
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Back to the topic at hand... here's a great deal for our Canadian viewers...

I ordered a set of the 191023 JT StrongArms from Amazon.ca earlier in the week. $CDN289(+tax) and free shipping was an outstanding deal for us perpetually-reamed Canadians. It was out of stock and so had not shipped (I don't mind to save money like that because I'm not in a hurry).

This morning I checked the status (still out of stock) and noticed that the item now said '3 new from $229'. Hmmmm, that wasn't there earlier in the week... who is this new lower-price seller? Turned out to be Amazon.ca themselves - they had lowered the price and it was still the same item.

So I cancelled the backordered item, reordered the same item and saved 70 bucks. Can't beat that with a stick! $CDN259.52 all-in.

P.S. They have it mislabeled as the 'short' kit but its not (according to a review) and is the proper part number for the over-58" FW).
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Funny, that's the exact set I bought two days ago and is arriving tomorrow! free shipping, no tax, how can you beat it?
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:26 AM   #23
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Here's info on BAL's (Wildcat's frame manufacturer) Lock Arm stabilizers:
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:07 AM   #24
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FWIW, the JT's should be mounted going forward from the pads, NOT to the center behind the jacks. Similar to these homemade ones.
OC, Now I'm really cornfuzed about the mounting of the rear arms. In my instructions on JTs have me mounting to the center of the jacks. I saw you and Kaadk have your arms going toward the front. Wouldn't the front to back motion be locked in at the landing pads already in the front? Then the Bal tire chocks should add to stiffen front to back again. Now in the rear,.......
Doesn't the electric stab jacks have a "floating center" that adjusts the arms center when going down in place? Once they are down will the center stay locked rigid in place? My thought is that I need side to side stabilization in the rear more than front to back. It's like a dog wagging it's tail in the rear end.
I bet Lippert put the arms forward on Kaadk's unit because the arm hit the brackets on the electric stabs when fully retracted. Mine hit and even with the rectangle mount it wasn't enough room. Also the cross member that they mount on is weak. I'm thinking about adding a new stronger cross member.
I wish I had 4 arms in the rear the same as the front. But if I only have two arms what is the best bang for the buck? OC, your thoughts?
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:19 AM   #25
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OC, Now I'm really cornfuzed about the mounting of the rear arms. In my instructions on JTs have me mounting to the center of the jacks. I saw you and Kaadk have your arms going toward the front. Wouldn't the front to back motion be locked in at the landing pads already in the front? Then the Bal tire chocks should add to stiffen front to back again. Now in the rear,.......
Doesn't the electric stab jacks have a "floating center" that adjusts the arms center when going down in place? Once they are down will the center stay locked rigid in place? My thought is that I need side to side stabilization in the rear more than front to back. It's like a dog wagging it's tail in the rear end.
I bet Lippert put the arms forward on Kaadk's unit because the arm hit the brackets on the electric stabs when fully retracted. Mine hit and even with the rectangle mount it wasn't enough room. Also the cross member that they mount on is weak. I'm thinking about adding a new stronger cross member.
I wish I had 4 arms in the rear the same as the front. But if I only have two arms what is the best bang for the buck? OC, your thoughts?
I know ya asked for OC, but let me interject my thoughts:

Putting the strong arms to a centre point is not going to help much with side to side stabilizing. Much like the way the power jacks are already connected at the centre, this acts like a pivot point that the side to side rocking can rotate around. By placing the arms front to back, you're providing bracing against that side to side movement. This way, as weight is transferred to the side of the trailer, (from walking or whatever) the weight is distributed through the strong arms to the pads instead of relying on the strength of the frame to prevent any twisting around the centre point.
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I know ya asked for OC, but let me interject my thoughts:

Putting the strong arms to a centre point is not going to help much with side to side stabilizing. Much like the way the power jacks are already connected at the centre, this acts like a pivot point that the side to side rocking can rotate around. By placing the arms front to back, you're providing bracing against that side to side movement. This way, as weight is transferred to the side of the trailer, (from walking or whatever) the weight is distributed through the strong arms to the pads instead of relying on the strength of the frame to prevent any twisting around the centre point.
I just saw Wildcat Chris posted the Bal stab instructions and they show the arms going forward. Just different than JT's.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:46 PM   #27
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Here's info on BAL's (Wildcat's frame manufacturer) Lock Arm stabilizers:
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thanks, i'm thinking that i'll give these a try on the front landing gear. i wonder why these aren't standard equipment from Wildcat...kinda seems like a minor $ investment for a better experience.

amazon has them for ~$73 Amazon.com: BAL 23216 Lock-Arm Stabilizing Bar: Automotive
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I know the newer versions of stabilizer jacks look like they have side to side motion licked, but many who have them (including myself) still complain of excess movement. Would it be overkill to install stabilizer arms both directions? It seems almost standard on the front...why not the back too? I believe I saw the BAL's available by the pair.
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Question for Keisling about JT Strongarms

What year model is your coach? We have a 2014 312 BHX and Camping World told us we cannot mount the JT Strongarms on our coach because of the location of the battery box and the spare tire. I appreciate any help with this.

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OC, Now I'm really cornfuzed about the mounting of the rear arms. In my instructions on JTs have me mounting to the center of the jacks. I saw you and Kaadk have your arms going toward the front...
When pressure is put on the rear stabs, it pretty well locks them from floating side to side. Front to rear is where the movement is. I put them forward for that reason. Adding jacks in front of the axle does a great job of stopping the tires/suspension from bouncing which is where a lot of movement occurs.
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