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Old 09-07-2016, 06:05 PM   #1
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5th wheel stabilizers

The new 5th wheel shakes a little too much for my wife. Been looking at all of the options and wondering what works the best. JT Strongarms, the Right Stabilizers, BAL stabilizer arms or the king pin tripods. We also have the electric rear swing arm stabilzers if it makes a difference.

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Old 09-07-2016, 06:06 PM   #2
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Jt strong arms hands down
Don't even consider a tripod

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Old 09-07-2016, 06:14 PM   #3
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I installed the Steadyfast system on our fiver and love it. The only motion we now feel is when the washer goes into its final spin. Compare to JT you only have three large handles to turn. Installation took around three hours.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:28 PM   #4
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I install the BAL's, love them no shaking now. Installed 2 sets, one side to side and the other front to back on the front jacks. Took the slop out and now the wife loves it. I thought maybe I would have to use a set on the back stabilizer but not now. Just went thru about a 40 mph wind from a thunderstorm and no shaking. I think any of the brands named will suffice.
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:16 AM   #5
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As everyone above me said- look at some kind of triangulation stabilizer. You can buy something off the shelf or DIY it.

Otherwise, here are some thoughts on camper/trailer stabilization:
Shake, shake, shake – RV Stabilization | Learn To RV

And I also opted for the SteadyFast system after having JT StrongArm knockoffs:
Product Review: SteadyFast Stabilizers | Learn To RV
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:55 AM   #6
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We ordered the BAL ones for now from Amazon, so we will see how they work.

Thanks for all tue input.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:55 PM   #7
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I use a combination. I got a couple cargo bars from a truck stop. 40.00ish for 2 and cross em between the rear jacks. The installed strong arms for forward/backward mvt. Solid a rock now.
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Old 10-05-2016, 04:01 AM   #8
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Last 5'er had steadyfast bars. Did such a great job in getting another set for the new 5'er. Great product, simple to install and use.

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