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Old 10-18-2005, 09:19 PM   #1
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I just fabricated my own king pin stabilizer.

Works good, realy sturdys up the front of my 5er when you move around in the bedroom in front. It wobble pretty good before and I was worryed about the landing gear wobbleing ,thats alot of weight on those jacks.

Now I can push on the front side to side and its rock solid.

Made all from scrap metal in my yard

I used a 3" diameter pipe about4" long(end piece of a concrete pump reducer). I sliced it and welded on 2 pieces of 1/8 thick strap stock with a hole drilled through and a bolt to make it into a clamp to clamp on the pin. The legs are 1 3/4" square stock scrap 47" long(had holes drilled at 48" so I cut to 47"). Welded 2 1/8" thick strap stock tabs onto the pipe clamp for each leg ,drilled holes in tabs and leg end.
Leg feet are made out of 4" wide 1/8" thick 8" long plate stock with 2 more tab stock pieces we;ded and hole drilled attached to the leg bottoms. Then afixed a chain and turnbuckle to the feet to pull them in tight.

Looks just like the King pin stabilizers in the RV equipment catalogs except mine is probable more heavy duty and better! Took me 2 half days to fabricate, weld it together. Would have been more ecomomical to just spend $150 and go buy one. But thats no fun and mine is better.
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:19 PM   #2
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I just fabricated my own king pin stabilizer.

Works good, realy sturdys up the front of my 5er when you move around in the bedroom in front. It wobble pretty good before and I was worryed about the landing gear wobbleing ,thats alot of weight on those jacks.

Now I can push on the front side to side and its rock solid.

Made all from scrap metal in my yard

I used a 3" diameter pipe about4" long(end piece of a concrete pump reducer). I sliced it and welded on 2 pieces of 1/8 thick strap stock with a hole drilled through and a bolt to make it into a clamp to clamp on the pin. The legs are 1 3/4" square stock scrap 47" long(had holes drilled at 48" so I cut to 47"). Welded 2 1/8" thick strap stock tabs onto the pipe clamp for each leg ,drilled holes in tabs and leg end.
Leg feet are made out of 4" wide 1/8" thick 8" long plate stock with 2 more tab stock pieces we;ded and hole drilled attached to the leg bottoms. Then afixed a chain and turnbuckle to the feet to pull them in tight.

Looks just like the King pin stabilizers in the RV equipment catalogs except mine is probable more heavy duty and better! Took me 2 half days to fabricate, weld it together. Would have been more ecomomical to just spend $150 and go buy one. But thats no fun and mine is better.
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:09 PM   #3
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Do you have a pic of this?
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:58 PM   #4
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I know exactly what you mean GSP,, anybody can go out and buy something, but a real man will make his own...

I've done that most of my life.
As a young man starting out in life, I made my own through necessity because of lack of funds as well as lack of knowledge and experience.

Then in later life because of knowledge, ability and pride gained through living, I made my own and still do whenever I can.

There is thing to be said about a homemade item,, there are no two alike and pity the poor soul who steals it and then tries to pretend its his.. heh heh heh...
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:52 PM   #5
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How much does it weigh?
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I went out and bought one from Camping World. It is the tripod one and I am not all that pleased with it. I still get sway when we move around inside. I can tell little difference with it.
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i have the bi-pod type that was made out of an old bumper jack (for those of you who don't remember these, they have a "hook" that would fit into a slot int he bumper and then using a handle ratchet it up or down).

I think this works great. I've seen the one in Camping World and for the life of me don't understand how anyone could get that tight enough by hand to make any difference. I usually "jack" it up until it is tight against the kingpin and then go up one more notch. On weekend, one night, getaways, I don't bother using it and I can certainly tell the difference.
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I borrowed on of the tripod type for a trip and messed with it over several days. Never could see enough benifit to warrant the cost or the time to use it.

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GSP, i also congratulate you. Post a pic of it sometime.
My flimsy looking store-bought tripod does help temper the 5'rs swaying somewhat, but it looks like something my hound could easily chew in half.
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