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Old 07-25-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
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We are considering adding scissor stabilizer jacks in front of the wheels to take some of the bounce away from the suspension and tires and are also considering one of the following stabilizers;

Wayne's Stabilizers http://www.waynesrvstabilizer.com/

JT'S Strong Arm Stabilizers http://www.jtrv.com/ your

plugitright http://www.plugitright.com/Page3.html

Steadyfast
http://www.steadyfast.com/?gclid=COH...FSgfgAodtQWhIA

We are trying to decide which stabilizing system would be the best. The cheapest and lightest seems to be Wayne's, but they have to be set up and taken down each time, although that appears to be a pretty easy process. It would seem to me that they might not do as good a job as the others, but I'm no Engineer. The next best in weight appears to be the Plugitright and I don't know the weight of the Steadyfast.
Information from anyone with experience with these would be appreciated. Would I still need to consider scissor jacks near the wheels for the bouncing, or do you think these systems would eliminate the need for that.

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Old 07-25-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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We are considering adding scissor stabilizer jacks in front of the wheels to take some of the bounce away from the suspension and tires and are also considering one of the following stabilizers;

Wayne's Stabilizers http://www.waynesrvstabilizer.com/

JT'S Strong Arm Stabilizers http://www.jtrv.com/ your

plugitright http://www.plugitright.com/Page3.html

Steadyfast
http://www.steadyfast.com/?gclid=COH...FSgfgAodtQWhIA

We are trying to decide which stabilizing system would be the best. The cheapest and lightest seems to be Wayne's, but they have to be set up and taken down each time, although that appears to be a pretty easy process. It would seem to me that they might not do as good a job as the others, but I'm no Engineer. The next best in weight appears to be the Plugitright and I don't know the weight of the Steadyfast.
Information from anyone with experience with these would be appreciated. Would I still need to consider scissor jacks near the wheels for the bouncing, or do you think these systems would eliminate the need for that.

Thanks, LIKENIT
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Old 07-26-2007, 03:26 AM   #3
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I tryed waynes an dident help at all ,plus pain to set up .Found can stop tire sway or bounce by lifting weight off tires big jack stands.But not easy for short stays.Also if in sand or soft ground after a couple days tires sink an no more bounce or rocking.
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We have never been able to get all of the rock and roll out of a parked 5er, short of lifting and supporting it totally from the frame. Unit you get nearly all of the weight off the tires, the sidewalls will allow some sway. The scissor jacks are also not rigid and will allow some movement.

Use blocks and do not extend the scissor jacks more than 1/2 way down. Chock and block both sets of wheels. Use a pin support (tripod type) to help the front end. This is about he best you can do, short of lifting the trailer onto cement blocks directly under the frame.

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we to have chased the sway issue awhile.
I did do a small modification that cost me less than 20 dollars and it helped a comsoderable amount.

on my coach the rear scissors are over 12 feet from the wheels
so i moved my rear jacks forward on the frame and they are now less than 4 feet from teh rear set of wheels. THis allows me to crank em a bit more and take a bit more weight off the tires and springs, which has drastically reduced the rear end wiggle as you walk around.
the only setback is you must put the jacks down prior to sliding out the slides because they are now hidden by the slides when they are extended, which realy isnt an issue because the jacks should all be down and tight before opening up any way, but on one occasion in soft ground i had to squat and duck walk under the slides to tighten em up after a hard rain.
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We use the jackstands on our 36 fto fiver. A bigfoot leveling system would also work.
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The rear hydraulic stabilizers on my fifth wheel extended to slightly lift the trailer's weight from the suspension eliminates all the shaking in my rig. I think the key point with any rear stabilizer system is that it be able to transfer all the weight from the suspension to the stabilizers. The only weight remaining on the wheels should be the weight of the suspension, axles, tires, wheels, etc.
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On our 5er, I would leave it a bit nose low and then I would snug the rear jacks down. Next you use the front jacks to bring it to level.

Most of the scissor jacks used on RV's can not support the whole weight, but are for stabilizing only.

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Take your time and level out your rig and I think you will be surprised at how easy it is to control the bounce. If the rig isn't level, five hundred dollars worth of extra stabilizers won't help you much.

My rig has a rear kitchen and once it is set up you can walk from one end to the other without any bounce or unwanted movement. All I use is a king pin tripod, chocks between the tires (both sides) and the rear stabilizers that came on my Montana.
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