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Old 02-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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King Pin Tripod

What does the group think, do kingpin tripods reduce movement, or just the money in my wallet?

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Old 02-26-2011, 05:34 PM   #2
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:06 PM   #3
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Dont know... I've seen lots of people with front/rear jacks down AND a tripod... never understood why...
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:27 PM   #4
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Another forum I frequent did an unoffical survey of items purchased that turned out to be pretty useless: King Pin Tri-Pod topped the list. A few said it did help some when running the washer and dryer, but most said they couldn't tell any real difference other than the lightness in the pocket book.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:42 PM   #5
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I think it helps, so long as you set it up right, as it should be tight. I place each leg on a concrete block due to the amount of snow and melt we get in winter. Otherwise it would just be lose in wet soil between thaws.

Where it helps is when our 2 year old jumps at other end of RV and DW is sleeping as she works nights. It reduces his movement at the other end.
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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The length of the 5er will influence the advantage of the tripod I think the longer ones benefit the most. Ours was 38 ft and the addition of the tripod made a noticeable difference.
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:21 PM   #7
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Does a good job of reducing side to side motion if installed properly. Borrow someone else's and try it out to see if it works for you. If you like it, buy the aluminum one. Much easier to handle.

If we were to do it again, I would try the JT Strongarm or the Plug-it-Rights instead of the tripod.. Lots of good reports on those.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:01 PM   #8
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Have to agree with Dadeaux's thoughts. My K/A 38' has a built in tripod and when set down snug on solid base makes a world of difference. My triple axle 5er has Moryde so don't get any benefit so to speak from the wheels, depending on landing gear and rear stabilizers
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:09 PM   #9
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we can tell a definite diffrence really helps to hold down on the side to side movment especially when DW is in the bedroom moving around
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We have a 38' Carriage. We started with a Bi Pod in 1996. It helped a bit. Dutch added an extra set of arm jacks to the very end of our coach several years later and it helped a bit more. Still not satisfied we tried again and have been very happy with our permanently mounted stabilizers for over 5 years for eliminating movement when someone is walking around inside, when the washer is on spin cycle and in the wind.
I'm sure there are some folks who are very happy with their Pi or Tri Pod but it just didn't work for us. Diana
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:31 PM   #11
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I tried a borrowed tripod a few times and returned it. I now have a much more stable 5er using two between the tires home-made chocks. Two feet of 3/8 all-thread and two tapered 4x4 blocks cost me close to $4 for each side.
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Take a look here at the Winfield cross braces. The folks with the Titaniums swear by them. Also, if you are handy, you can make your own for a few bucks (I think I spent about $20 and 2-3 hours) I thought I had photos but can't find them Home

Mine along with between the wheel chocks, one BAL and one home made have taken 90% of the rock out. Folks I have spoken with that have the tripod - not very happy.

I'll be building rear jack braces this spring to help even more.

Without building a complete foundation for the chassis to rest on, little chance of 100% stability as long as the unit is on sprung tires
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I too have a 39 5er and found that between the landing gear and the rear stabilizers down along with wheel chocks do the most to stop sway. I tried a tripod once and didn't like it at all. Too hard to set up and store and from what I could tell it didn't help with sway. All that said, I sure see a lot of them in campgrounds... just not on my trailer.
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We think it reduces movement some but we mostly use it to keep DH from running into it and needing stitches, which he has done.

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