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Old 05-01-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Hello all Forest River 5th wheelers

Crash and I just traded a TT in for 5th wheel. Packing it now, planning on summer travels out to Yellowstone and back to OH. We are retired so no schedule per se.

Know we have to go to upper states in summer due to weather conditions. Is it recommeded we start booking Yellowstone and out west now for RV places or do we have a chance with a wk or 2 window as we go?

Also is it recommended to buy a tripod stabalizer for the hitch or not? New experience for us.

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Old 05-01-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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I would recommend stabilizers for your landing gear.
not a tripod.
my profile alblums show my home made ones. Less than a Hundy to build.
steady fast makes them and others!
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:11 PM   #3
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Also read this An Introduction to Fifth Wheels
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:25 PM   #4
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dianizon,

We did Yellowstone last summer and were able to reserve campsites with as little as a 1 week notice, though I would not depend on being able to get what you want with that short of notice! We reserved a space in Jackson Hole, (south of Yellowstone) with a month or so notice and were able to get a space for 5 days or so in Gardiner MT with about a week notice. If you are going to see the Black Hill is SD, be sure to watch for the Sturgis bike rally, falls around the first of August if I remember correctly, it can be hard to find a space around that time.

As far as the tripod, I don't disagree with Turbo, but we have had good luck with the tripod. I am still wanting to experiment with the landing gear stabilizers, but it is not in the budget right now

Enjoy your trip!
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #5
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We eventually put stabilizers on our landing gear, but we camped for almost 3 years without them or a tripod. Most likely it depends on how "active" you are in the front of the 5th wheel, I suppose.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:32 PM   #6
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Jd I hope someday you can budget them you will have your tripod on craigs list faster than John forces funny car can do the qtr mile!

If you are handy make them if not do a search there are plenty of inexpensive alternatives to steady fast. Imo the tripod is heavy and cumbersome and you have to always store it. .and doesn't quite give the support stabilizers do

Op by the way welcome to the 5er world we welcome you!
Congrats on the new unit!
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:34 PM   #7
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Ps if you have kids you will defiantly entertain stabilizers.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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Ps if you have kids you will defiantly entertain stabilizers.
Ha ha...I can vouch for that!
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:26 PM   #9
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I am one that beleives in the tripod. Yes the other systems are great also, however I feel that in cases where the overhang part of the 54er is over 5feet extra support is helpful. Now that may or not be true but for me I feel really comfortable with a tripod as I have a 6' overhang. There is a lot of unsupport weight on that part of the unit. The jt's and strongarms etc will take care of the movement thats for sure.
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If you want to stay at campgrounds within Yellowstone you might already be out of luck. I'd start calling now. You shouldn't have any problems finding places to stay along your route to and from though, it's just that Yellowstone is very popular and the camping season in the mountains is short.
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