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Old 08-29-2014, 07:07 AM   #1
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In search of the perfect stabilizer

I've read a lot of the "how do I stop my unit from moving/shaking" threads. Had an idea that I was looking for input on.

I'm thinking of buying two Reese cargo bars (the expandable/locking bars that are used to keep stuff from sliding around in your pickup truck bed). They are $19.99 at WM, and while towing, I would actually use these to keep things in place in the truck bed (i.e. plastic totes with kindling/firewood).

When setting up at the site, I'd no longer need them for securing items in the bed of the truck. It seems that they could fairly easily be converted to use as diagonal stabilizers (i.e. JT Strongarms) to help reduce movement. One diagonally between the two rear stabilizer jacks and one between the front two jacks. (Note - I have a home-made X-chock for helping with front-to-back movement.)

The appeal, to me, is that they would be dual purpose items, and that I have an automatic storage location for them while towing.

Thoughts? Anyone already doing this?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:15 AM   #2
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I've been using cargo bars for a few years.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:28 AM   #3
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They work very well imo.
But I've made mine permanent.
Not sure how easy or time consuming it would be to make them "dual purpose"

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Old 08-29-2014, 08:09 AM   #4
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They work very well imo.
But I've made mine permanent.
Not sure how easy or time consuming it would be to make them "dual purpose"

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Turbs, I'd get OC to "paint" those ends if I were you.
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Turbs, I'd get OC to "paint" those ends if I were you.
Lol they've since been painted!
I didn't paint at first to make sure the prototype worked.

But he could come up and do some touch up with a q tip!

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I'm sure when Ms. Amy comes to NC to live like a princess, we'll get everything fixed.
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I'm sure when Ms. Amy comes to NC to live like a princess, we'll get everything fixed.
I guess if Turbs comes to NC, will he be a prince or a frog?
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Thanks Turbs. Re: making them dual purpose, the model I bought has nice rubber-padded swivel heads on both ends. If I just run them from top of one stabilizer to bottom of another, tighten until snug (letting the heads swivel as needed to accommodate the angle), am I good to go? Or, do you need to actually fasten to the stabilizers to prevent "push" and "pull" forces?
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Thanks Turbs. Re: making them dual purpose, the model I bought has nice rubber-padded swivel heads on both ends. If I just run them from top of one stabilizer to bottom of another, tighten until snug (letting the heads swivel as needed to accommodate the angle), am I good to go? Or, do you need to actually fasten to the stabilizers to prevent "push" and "pull" forces?
Mine had pads on them to.

I had to cut mine down to fit .


I removed and shortened them to fit within the constraints.

Side to side you may be able to get one to wedge in there.

For and aft could be an issue as you'd have nothing for the pad to "push" against.
so with that in mind you could install a push plate on the frame at a predetermined location?

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I was hoping to use the two cargo bars to go side-to-side (one in front, one in back), and counting on my home-made X-chocks (PT 4x4s with threaded rod and associated nuts/washers) to control front-to-back movement.
If that doesn't work, I may try fastening a stop block for front-to-back. Not into welding, but if I can find a spot where I can bolt on a piece of angle iron, I may do that. Will post some pics if it ends up working out.

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