All trailers and 5th wheels shake a little when setup in the campgrounds. In the past I have used good wheel chocks on both sides as well as a tripod for my 5th wheel. I have read many folks afer awhile stop using the tripod because they are too bulky/heavy and it is a pain to install sometimes.
With my new 2011 5th I decided on mounted stabilzers. I read about JT StrongArms and SteadyFast System and both seem to do the trick and about the same price.
I decided on the SteadyFast System because it was only 3 arms and looked simple in an engineering standpoint. So I go online and order them from the ir website. It was $299 with free shipping and no tax for me and I paid by using PayPal.
I ordered them on Tuesday and received them Thursday by FedEx. The box was well packed and nothing was moving around (se pics). I inventoried all the parts and started reading the install instructions.
The next day I layed out and premounted many of the parts before getting near mt trailer. I also spend some time looking on the locations to mount on my trailer. After great thought I decided to install the rear first because it was the easiest. (see pics). This went very well and moved on to the front set.
The front set took a little longer because of the 2 points I needed to mount. If you read the instructions and highlight the key points will help a great deal especially how to tighten different bolts and nuts. All the nuts were with teflon locking rings but I also used red lock-tite fliud as I installed to make sure.
It took me about 3 hours to install but that is becasue I make sure I make the correct decisions by running things thru my head many times.
Take a look at my pictures in my album on the installation.
I must say that they definitely stop 99.9% of my swaying and that is what I wanted. If you have any questions go for it.
STEADYFAST SYSTEM INSTALL PICTURES