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Old 05-22-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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Stabilizing a 5er

How are others stabilizing their 5th wheel?

We're looking at steady fast and JT Strong arm as possible solutions. Currently have a tripod on the front and the front seems stable - however there is movement in the rear living area (side to side) with the rear jacks down.




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Old 05-22-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Used to use the X locks between the tires , for stability.
I don't know what your 5er has for rear jacks, but my last 5er had scissor jacks on the rear, the more I had to extend them the more the rear moved around, took to carrying 8X8 blocks to put under the jacks so they didn't extend too far.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:48 PM   #3
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You will never get all of the movement out unless you added the 6-point leveling system to the trailer.

I have the tripod stand and x-chocks between the tires this helps somewhat but the DW can still feel me walking around if she is in the front and I am in the back or the other way around.

Some have said that they have had good results with the JT strong arms but I am somewhat cheap and only use the 5er for a summer trips. So I do not plan on spending any more money on this 5ER. The next one we buy will have the 6-point leveling system since this will remove the bounce from the suspension system. When stationary and set up for camping.

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I agree with the tip for placing blocks under the scissor jacks. That seemed to help the most for our previous 5er.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:13 AM   #5
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I agree with the tip for placing blocks under the scissor jacks. That seemed to help the most for our previous 5er.
The SteadyFast system did wonders; a tripod did not.
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No experience with the SteadyFast but x locks and pads under each jack to keep them short does work and is cheap. Keep in mind the rear stabilizers are just that, they are not designed to carry the trailer only to keep it from shaking therefor the more they are extended the less effective they are.
The 6 point leveling system beats all but retrofitting is probably not cost effective.
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I built my own version of stabilizers for the landing gear similar to JTStrongarms and WOW! They really work well.
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I built my own version of stabilizers for the landing gear similar to JTStrongarms and WOW! They really work well.
x2. DIY'd my own too. The rear cross arm seems to really tie it all together.
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x2. DIY'd my own too. The rear cross arm seems to really tie it all together.
I didn't put any on the rear, just two to each leg of the landing gear.
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MnTom - can you share the details on your project to make a bar setup for the rear scissor stabilizers?

We've noticed that the less the rear scissor jacks are extended, the less motion we experience in the living section of the rig.

The front of our rig is stable using only a tripod while keeping the landing legs at less than a 2 foot extension. Also we've made sure the pads and boards used under the landing gear are stable and in full contact with the ground (no rocks, pea gravel, etc.).


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SPICoaster, I didn't make any for the rear stabilizers. I made a set of four for the landing gear. I used some 3/4" solid rod (from a rather large boiler I dismantled), some 3/4" steel pipe, and some track from a garage door opener I had laying around. I cut the rod into about 24" pieces, cut four 2" pieces and put a slot in the end of all eight to go over the tee shaped track from the garage door opener. I then cut the pipe into about 36" pieces and welded one of the small pieces of rod into one end. I drilled every tee with a 5/16 drill bit (two in the flange one in the tongue) and also the rod to match the holes in the tongue. I also drilled the four pieces of pipe about 6" from the open end and welded 3/8" nuts there. I used four 3/8 bolts and welded a 3" piece of 1/4" rod on the head of the bolt. I fabricated two brackets and mounting for the stabilizers to the landing gear. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't. It did take a fair amount of time to do though. I will try to get you some pictures of what I did tomorrow.
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OK, I got a couple of pictures for you. Everything I used I had laying around, so I just made it fit. Also, I forgot some of the install! I forgot I needed to ad a few extra pieces to the tops so they would bolt on. The first picture is the lower end where they attach to the landing gear. Picture #2 is where the cross bars attach to the front. I put plates on to separate the bars. The third is one of the upper mounts. The other side looks the same.
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Thanks for the pictures and update MnTom.




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RotoChok on the wheels and JT Strong Arm will do the trick. The DW was amazed at the stability. We are camp ground host and use it 5 days a week. We are extremely pleased with the result.
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