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Old 05-26-2016, 06:19 PM   #1
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Is it really necessary?

This is directed to those of you that use a tripod up front to stabilize your 5th wheel. Mine has a chain that runs throuh the legs, I get that it would supposedly stop the legs from spreading apart but I'm having a problem believing that once some weight from the pin is applied how is that tripod actually going to collapse? Especially if you are on solid ground. To me it just looks like additional weight to carry that item around. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:29 PM   #2
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Even though it's putting some pressure on the pin to stabilize the unit, as you move around in the RV it moves a little and that can cause the legs to spread if there's not something to restrain them.

If you want confirmation just remove or leave the chain loose and see how much it will settle during a weekend outing.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:42 PM   #3
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This is directed to those of you that use a tripod up front to stabilize your 5th wheel. Mine has a chain that runs throuh the legs, I get that it would supposedly stop the legs from spreading apart but I'm having a problem believing that once some weight from the pin is applied how is that tripod actually going to collapse? Especially if you are on solid ground. To me it just looks like additional weight to carry that item around. Any thoughts?
If you don't like the chain, replace it with a nylon pull tight strap. Light weight and easy to use.
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I had a fifth wheel tripod. I used it a couple of times. Didn't see any noticeable difference in stability and found a sucker the next week to sell it too.
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I had a fifth wheel tripod. I used it a couple of times. Didn't see any noticeable difference in stability and found a sucker the next week to sell it too.
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Tripod stands are not intended take much weight - they are only supposed to bear enough weight to take out the slack. That's why they are called stabilizers and not jacks.
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If you don't like the chain, replace it with a nylon pull tight strap. Light weight and easy to use.
I love this Idea! Gonna adapt it right now!
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Old 05-30-2016, 11:45 PM   #9
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Had the same kind of stabilizer. You are absolutely correct. Just unnecessary and cumbersome weight to drag around. Did no noticeable good. Found a scrap steel pile and tossed it.
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