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Old 08-10-2011, 09:53 AM   #1
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Fifth Wheel pin support

Just came back from the firsst 10 days of camping in my 8524RLS. When I was at the dealer picking up the 5er I asked him if I need to purchase a stableizer tripod fifthwheel pin support. He said this shorter unit did not need support under the pin.
I noticed during camping even with the wheels securely chocked in place the 5er moved around quite a bit.
What is the opinion of the experts. Should I invest $200 in a stableizer pin support tripod and if so will it help with excess movement of the trailer.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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as a support, no. they aren't strong enough to offer any support. they will take some of the side to side wiggle out of it but there are much better systems out there to do that.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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I currently have electric jacks on the front of the fifth wheel and have electric stablizers on the back of the 5er. but still get what I think is a lot of movement in just walking though the trailer.
What other kinds of support would you suggest to possibly take the movement out.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:47 AM   #4
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We have a Wildcat 28RK with electric rear stabilizers and electric front jacks. With the wheels chocked we had a significant amount of movement in the bedroom. Bought a tripod stabilizer and it took out almost all the movement. It was a big improvement. However, if I was to do it again, I would probably get the stabilizers on the front jacks instead. They bolt to the frame and are easy to use, store on the frame when not being used. With the tripod, you have to store it either in the cargo basement where it takes up room or in the truck, and drag it out and set it up, it weighs 40 ? lbs, etc. But it does work. The tripods are cheaper than the stabilizers, but I would probably go the stabilizer route next time.
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I'm looking at these.
Talked with a guy last year who had them and he was very happy.

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Old 08-11-2011, 05:51 AM   #6
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First, are your wheel chockes the ones that go between the wheels and tighten up? If you are using the triangle ones that wedge between the tire and the ground you will not get much movement help from them. Alot of movement comes from the tires, any of the between the wheel chocks used on both side of the rig will really help to stop the front to back movement.

I have always used the tripod method, almost everything people say about them are true. I do however like the extra support it gives to the overhang, even if its just a little.
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I have electric jacks on the rear. I went with two "X" wheel chocks first and needed more, I added the tripod and it made a big difference. I only paid around 100 bucks for mine and it works great. It is a little on the heavy side I suppose for some and if that is an issue they make aluminum tripods. You only use it as a stabilizer and not a support.
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First, are your wheel chockes the ones that go between the wheels and tighten up? If you are using the triangle ones that wedge between the tire and the ground you will not get much movement help from them. Alot of movement comes from the tires, any of the between the wheel chocks used on both side of the rig will really help to stop the front to back movement.

I have always used the tripod method, almost everything people say about them are true. I do however like the extra support it gives to the overhang, even if its just a little.
I use the ones that fit between the wheels and tighten up with a wrench. I only have one set but they sure allow a lot of movement
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I'm looking at these.
Talked with a guy last year who had them and he was very happy.

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i liked the adjustable landing gear. have been thinking abt doing something like that.
the x on the braces may be overkill but the price is right.
have u done business with them?
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This year we just purchased a 2011 Cardinal 3425 with the 6 point automatic leveling system. Thought that would be the ticket for solidness compared to our last 5er. I was wrong, still had movement when you would walk around the coach. I just installed the Steadyfast stabilizer system and WOW what a difference. It took approx. 2-1/2 hrs to install but stays on the coach and works wonderfully. Check em out on the web, they even have a short video that shows just how they work.
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