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Old 03-21-2019, 09:39 AM   #1
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Pin box tripod

I have a 2017 Keystone Fuzion 371 toyhauler, we have traveled all over the country this past year. I have noticed that about 50% of 5ers we have seen are using a pin box tripod.... I was told by the dealer that the newer designs like ours wonít need to use one.... but I still see newer 5ers with them... whatís the advantage? Am I missing something?
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:42 AM   #2
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Does your TH wiggle when inside walking around? If not then you don't need anything.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:54 AM   #3
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And then, only if the wiggle really bothers you. I had one for our 5er. It didnít make a noticeable difference, to us. And it was a PITA to set up, take down and haul. Wasnít worth it so we got rid of it.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:59 AM   #4
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Used one for several years. We also had a washer/dryer on the upper deck, so it did help. What I found that worked better was to add a pair of stabilizers mid way between landing gear and rear stabilizers.
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I used a tripod for 5 years of full timing because I had one. A year ago, I installed a pin box with a air bag and figured the tripod would now be useless. In the last year w/o the tripod, we have not noticed any difference, even when using the upstairs W/D.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:53 AM   #6
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You're much better off looking at a triangulation stabilizer like the SteadyFast system than getting a tripod. There are others like the JT StrongArms and knockoffs, but the SteadyFast works as well with less bars and it's easier on the hands to tighten the knobs.
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On our 2018 Road Warrior with the Level Up system, I don't need the extra stabilizer. We don't use the Strongarms or any type of extra stabilizer for it. On our older Laredo yes it was needed, different system.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:27 PM   #8
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I bought a tripod because I found a good deal on it and a bunch of other "camping" stuff on craigslist. I didn't have any real issues but thought I would see if it would make a difference.... it didn't, just something extra to carry and mess with. I have found that if, when I level up, I set the nose slightly down, extend the rear stabilizers (mine are all manual) and then raise the front until trailer is level, rig is rock solid. Doing this puts a little more tension on the rear stabs without stressing the motors and trailer is quite stable at that point, virtually no "wiggle".
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You're much better off looking at a triangulation stabilizer like the SteadyFast system than getting a tripod. There are others like the JT StrongArms and knockoffs, but the SteadyFast works as well with less bars and it's easier on the hands to tighten the knobs.
^^^ THIS!

I made my own at low cost with BAL Lock-Arm struts but the triangulation stabilizer is a huge improvement.

The tripod is an older approach, and not nearly as effective.
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You're much better off looking at a triangulation stabilizer like the SteadyFast system than getting a tripod. There are others like the JT StrongArms and knockoffs, but the SteadyFast works as well with less bars and it's easier on the hands to tighten the knobs.
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I was told by the dealer that the newer designs like ours wonít need to use one.... but I still see newer 5ers with them... whatís the advantage?
A new or old 5th wheel trailer sits on its suspension in the center of the trailers frame and landing jacks under the front corners. Longer trailers tend to wiggle more as they have much more rear overhang.
Now how much depends on lots of factors.

Also some folks like my bil has a very wiggly trailer but he and his wife don't notice it. Others like myself can't tolerate the wiggle due to a medical condition.

I've had a aluminum bipod pin stabilizer since 1984 when we bought our 1st 5th wheel rv trailer.
I use it when setting up long term to control front side to side motion.

For the rear I use BAL telescoping stabilizer. This stops side to side and up and down motion.

I use adjustable chocks between the tires which eliminate fore and aft movement. I'n rock solid for my comfort.

JTs or other brands also work for stabilizing a trailer....if needed.
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I used a bipod under my kingpin for years, didn't stop all of the movement, then I built my own DIY version of strongarms that go from bottom of frame to bottom of landing jack, That did the trick, much lighter, and much, much quicker to set up. and they are attached to the trailer, so I don't have to have space to carry them.
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