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Old 09-18-2016, 07:26 PM   #1
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5th wheel stabilization

Any opinions about 5th wheel stabilizing systems?

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Old 09-19-2016, 07:48 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Povo View Post
Any opinions about 5th wheel stabilizing systems?
Sounds like a very broad question... As in parked,,, moving etc ?????

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Old 09-19-2016, 08:11 AM   #3
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:00 PM   #4
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Go online to steadyfast stabilizers they take 95% of the movement in the trailer when parked
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:37 PM   #5
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I installed SteadyFast after two trips. The Mrs. and I quickly got tired of the constant shacking. It was a simple straight forward install. Much better now.
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Old 09-20-2016, 06:16 AM   #6
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I agree with Shane and Zac. I put those on mine and it did indeed take out at least 95% of the movement. Best feature is that they can be removed if you sell the 5th. wheel and re-installed on your new 5th. wheel.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:24 AM   #7
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Another vote for Steady Fast Stabilizers, easy to install, quality product, takes 95% of the movement out.
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We found the BAL X-Chocks to significantly reduce movement as well, plus using sufficient down-force on the rear stabs helped.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:24 PM   #9
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I use four of these with my six point level up to give me ten points of contact, not including the four tire... Pretty much rock solid
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:44 AM   #10
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The jacks are great for a longer term stay, I have friends that have them on the 5th Wheels are their 5ers are very solid but they do not move their 5th Wheel very often.

For somebody like me that moves every few weeks year round, the less items I have to crawl under my 5er and setup and take down / pack up the better.

I even installed SnapPads on my leveling feet along with the Steadyfast Stabilizers, now all I have to do is unlock my three Steadyfast locks, raise my 4 rear Level Up Jacks, hitch up and raise my 2 front Level Up Jacks and I am ready to go.

No washing off dirty pads and jacks and then storing them somewhere.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:10 AM   #11
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I drop the electric rear jacks on my fiver and use the stabilizer that goes between the tires locking them up.

If I spent more time in the trailer, I'd have the Steady Fast system--for sure.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:11 AM   #12
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We also have a '16 AF 27-5. It is the most unstable RV I have ever been in. I have no idea why, but you can feel it rock when the dog scratches itself. And the dog is only 12#. I just installed the steadyfast system and it takes out most of the vibrations. I think it will work fine for short term stays, but I'm going to experiment with additional blocking for long term parking. I also plan to try a pair of the x-chocks. Best of luck
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Old 10-02-2016, 03:36 PM   #13
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I have a 35 ft 5th wheel and installed the JT stabilizers, 1 pair at the back, 2 pairs in front: 1 for the side to side movement and 1 pair for front to back movement. I eventually took booth front pairs off... Here why: they made lifting the landing gear inner legs difficult to raise by hand, the outer electric assist was not an issue, but I had to work too hard to lift the inner legs... You see the stabilizers where not exactly square to the landing gear and twisted the pads slightly....

If we were camped for season I would put them back on, but since we move all the time, it's too much of a hassle... My 2 cents,
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:21 AM   #14
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Fifth wheels seem to be inherently unstable - and I assume even long TTs. You are on rubber tires and there is always some sidewall movement as long as they are supporting any amount of weight. I'm not sure that you can get 100% of the wobble out of one of these trailers unless you build a full concrete foundation under them and no longer have rubber on the ground. It's a fact of the design/life.

When we travel, we put up with a little rocking if only stopping for the night or maybe two. If we stay 3 or more I'll add the pair of BAL X chocks between the tires and then we are down to about 75% steady. While we are at our usual summer site, I add a pair of spare BAL stabilizer jacks and cranked tightly about midway up the dropped section of the frame and we are then down to about 90%. The electric rear stabilizers are tightened until they 'stall' regardless of length of stay. My DW has mumbled about a king pin stabilizer - but that wont happen but a set of JT or other brand cross bar stabilizers might.

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