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Old 07-22-2016, 07:20 PM   #1
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Hitch Supports??

I'm on a 2-1/2 week trip across this great country of ours...started in Cinti and will make it to Yellowstone and back (God willing!).

We pulled into our CG today and it is pro dominantly fifth wheels. Many of the folks appear to be living here/staying here for an extended period of time (construction crew/s mainly). I see that many have the supports under the hitch... Is that because they will be staying for a long time and not towing much?? I assume to eliminate the stress on the trailer of holding up the hitch?

I am new to 5th wheels and have only owned this about 2-3 weeks 😁, but love it so far! We were TT folks prior to this, but these darn kids keep getting bigger!

Just curious about the supports, hope y'all have a great summer!!
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Enjoy your trip!
Guessing you mean the king-pin tripod stands?
Some find them helpful in stabilizing the trailer or relieving some of the frame bounce while parked. There are a lot of variables in trailer design, construction, landing gear, stabilizers, leveling gear, and setup techniques. So you'll hear mixed reviews on how effective they may or not be. Difficult to make a blanket statement on their effectiveness. Experimentation is key.
I notice a lot of them installed in a way that seems less than optimal, in that the stand is to short for the king pin height. Necessitating the legs being retracted in to a tiny foot print maybe a foot apart?
DW purchased a deluxe Ultra-fab with extensions off CL a while back for a fraction of it's initial cost. I find them to be over rated and not really worth the trouble / expense in our case.
On our last coach we found one simple CW screw jack-stand under the trailer rear hitch receiver did more to eliminate bounce. YMMV


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On our last 5er a Cougar model we used the tri-pod support and X-chocks between the wheels to eliminate the rocking/bounce motion when parked. This some what worked, but there was still a little motion when I walk around the trailer.


We now have a Cedar Creek with the 6-point leveling system and this has eliminated the tri-pod support and X-chocks when we camp. As the 6-point leveling system when engaged helps to stabilize the trailer when walking around.


So the X-chocks and tri-pod support stay home now when traveling.
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On our last 5er a Cougar model we used the tri-pod support and X-chocks between the wheels to eliminate the rocking/bounce motion when parked. This some what worked, but there was still a little motion when I walk around the trailer.


We now have a Cedar Creek with the 6-point leveling system and this has eliminated the tri-pod support and X-chocks when we camp. As the 6-point leveling system when engaged helps to stabilize the trailer when walking around.


So the X-chocks and tri-pod support stay home now when traveling.

Awesome. We only have a 4-point leveling system, so we'll be breaking out the "X" chicks again! Thanks.
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