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Old 02-18-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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How to stiffen the jack legs?

Starting to get some wobble in the front Lippert jacks. The mounting bolts are tight as they can be.

I know about those jack stabilizers. Ain't cheap, and I am. And take some effort drilling into the frame.

Or a kingpin tripod, which is heavy and bulky to carry around. So I wondered what others have done.

A friend suggested putting a block under the jack, like a 4 x 4. Mount an eyebolt. Then connect one end of a ratchet strap to the eyebolt and loop the other around the top of the opposite jack. Tighten. Sounds simple and might work if the strap doesn't slip down.

Other ideas? What say you?
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
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I've tried everything you can come up with to stabilize our 34' 5er. Replaced the Lippet legs, used Armstrong stablizers, use a front king pin tripod. Best thing I've done to date is to use two "X" clamps between the tires, one on each side. Also, I always use large pads under front and rear legs; with the new front legs I do not use any type of 4x4 or other blocks. The new legs are much better then the OEMs.

I replace the (Lippet)front legs because they kept breaking down, not for stability.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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Dick - what kinda legs did you install?
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:40 PM   #4
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Ultra Fab Products. They each have a motor and do 6,000# each and are independentaly controlled. It was an adventure to install them but they did, finally, fit into the oem mounts. I had to do a lot of grinding. Also, as to the "X" blocks - the cheapy one at Wally World would not work, I had to get the $70 each ones.

I did have the Armstrong system installed on our prior 5er and liked it but, like you mentioned, they are expensive. I was convinced that our current 5er's frame is to close to the ground to remount the system. Sold the system to Brother-in-Law and he was able to mount it on his Cardinal. He likes it.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:29 PM   #5
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Bruce,
Are you trying to stabilize the 5er so you do not feel motion when you walk in the 5er?
If so I would recommend this type of stabilizer system from Ultra-fab.
http://www.ultra-fab.com/new_detail2.cfm?productid=15
These have been will received and users of this system have reported great results.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #6
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cheap and it just has to work

I haven't done this (yet) but the solution below is ingenious and cheap, too. I have lots of motion, but I just haven't tackled this project yet. Check it out here The ultimate 5er stabilizers!

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Starting to get some wobble in the front Lippert jacks. The mounting bolts are tight as they can be.

I know about those jack stabilizers. Ain't cheap, and I am. And take some effort drilling into the frame.

Or a kingpin tripod, which is heavy and bulky to carry around. So I wondered what others have done.

A friend suggested putting a block under the jack, like a 4 x 4. Mount an eyebolt. Then connect one end of a ratchet strap to the eyebolt and loop the other around the top of the opposite jack. Tighten. Sounds simple and might work if the strap doesn't slip down.

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The ultimate 5er stabilizers!

I am starting this project next week. I gave the plans to my friend next door & it made a huge difference in his trail stability. He also added two of the bars behind the front landing gear & now has no movement whatever. I am doing the same. Cost of bars; 4x$20= $80.
Cost of stainless spell fasteners; $32. Cost of 4 aluminum brackets; 4x$1.50= $6.
great system. Thanks for the idea MSHappyCampers.

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The ultimate 5er stabilizers!

I am starting this project next week. I gave the plans to my friend next door & it made a huge difference in his trail stability. He also added two of the bars behind the front landing gear & now has no movement whatever. I am doing the same. Cost of bars; 4x$20= $80.
Cost of stainless spell fasteners; $32. Cost of 4 aluminum brackets; 4x$1.50= $6.
great system. Thanks for the idea MSHappyCampers.

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