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Old 09-19-2011, 11:26 AM   #29
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Great idea!

We are new to RVing, and made our maiden voyage in our "new to us" 5er a couple weekends ago. One of our first realizations was, "hey, this things shakes a lot!" It's just the wife and I (no kids - empty nesters), so there wasn't alot of dancing about the cabin to warrant such movement. We have a 110lb Lab that travels with us, and when we could feel him get up in the middle of the night, spin around on his cusion, and plop back down, I knew we had to do something to remedy the problem. I immediately started searching for solutions, and was ready to purchase one of the "off the shelf" systems.

While lurking on iRV2, lo and behold I see your innovative idea. I immediatley went out to Harbor Freight and bought a couple of the cargo bars. I put them on this weekend, and they work great!

I only deviated from your installation a little. I removed the rubber pad from the end that connects to the strut for a slightly more rigid mechanical connection. I also did not have any readily available c-channel, so I used 1 1/2" angle aluminum to fabricate my brackets. I stuck with your overlapping struts instead of a center point mount as I believe this gives a slightly better mechanical advantage.

All in all, a nice afternoon project that worked as advertised, with a total cost of about 45 bucks for bars and hardware.

Thanks for sharing your great idea!
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Great idea!

We are new to RVing, and made our maiden voyage in our "new to us" 5er a couple weekends ago. One of our first realizations was, "hey, this things shakes a lot!" It's just the wife and I (no kids - empty nesters), so there wasn't alot of dancing about the cabin to warrant such movement. We have a 110lb Lab that travels with us, and when we could feel him get up in the middle of the night, spin around on his cusion, and plop back down, I knew we had to do something to remedy the problem. I immediately started searching for solutions, and was ready to purchase one of the "off the shelf" systems.

While lurking on iRV2, lo and behold I see your innovative idea. I immediatley went out to Harbor Freight and bought a couple of the cargo bars. I put them on this weekend, and they work great!

I only deviated from your installation a little. I removed the rubber pad from the end that connects to the strut for a slightly more rigid mechanical connection. I also did not have any readily available c-channel, so I used 1 1/2" angle aluminum to fabricate my brackets. I stuck with your overlapping struts instead of a center point mount as I believe this gives a slightly better mechanical advantage.

All in all, a nice afternoon project that worked as advertised, with a total cost of about 45 bucks for bars and hardware.

Thanks for sharing your great idea!
Thanks for the nice remarks. Sure glad it saved you some money!
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UPDATE! We took the 5er out this weekend for the first time since installing the stabilizer bars and I encountered one small problem that should be mentioned.
I lowered the landing legs to where the 5er was level front-to-back. I then attempted to ratchet the bars to put pressure on them. One of them ratcheted one click and was tight. Because of a difference in the height of the landing legs, the other one stopped in a position that would not allow the bar to ratchet. I lowered the landing legs just a small amount and that allowed me to ratchet the bar. Then I raised the legs JUST A SMALL AMOUNT to put a LITTLE MORE pressure on the bars. I realize that this is contrary to what I said in an earlier post about not using the landing gear to put pressure on the bars because it might strip out the ratchet assembly, but this was one time that I felt it necessary. I still urge you to be really careful about doing this and if you find it necessary just apply a SMALL amount of pressure.
Other than that one problem they worked as I had hoped! Good luck!
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Joe,

We used ours for the first time last weekend as well. I encountered the same issue. One side ratcheted tight, the other would not.

My solution was a bit different:

I held pressure on the ratchet and told the wife to rock the front of the 5er. A slight nudge by her and CLICK, the bar tightened. I told her to rock it again. Her response: "I can't!"

They worked well. Thanks again.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:15 PM   #33
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I installed them last week and we took a four day last of the year trip before heading to fla . In jan with it. They are great can't believe how well they work
going to install a set on back this week. Got mine at harbor frt.
Thanks for the great idea .
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I installed them last week and we took a four day last of the year trip before heading to fla . In jan with it. They are great can't believe how well they work
going to install a set on back this week. Got mine at harbor frt.
Thanks for the great idea .
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You're welcome Rick! Glad they worked out for you!
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Can anyone post a coupla pics of this installation? Helps me to understand what I'm reading.

Thanks for the idea and the detailed instructions!
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If you google for JT's Strong Arm fifth wheel jack stabilizers, you can see some pictures of the item being duplicated with off the shelf cargo bars.
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Can anyone post a coupla pics of this installation? Helps me to understand what I'm reading.

Thanks for the idea and the detailed instructions!

Just go back to the start of this thread and all the pics are there. Good luck!
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Joe,
I know this is an older post, I just saw it, again, very nice innovative idea, you really do nice work.
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What a great invention !!!!!! And practical too. Not to mention affordable. In today's high priced living it is nice to see an easy affordable fix to an age old problem. Thank you so much for sharing your idea and application. Right ON !!!!!!!
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I believe I have discovered the ultimate home-made 5er stabilizers! I was at a Love's Travel Center and found the S-Line SL125-HT Ratcheting Cargo Bars at $19.95 each.
Hi there! This sounds like the real cats' meow! We are in Canada, full timers, and do not have access to a shop nearby.

Can you tell me the brand name of the jacks? We're they purchased at an AUTO PARTS/SUPPLY shop? (not familiar with the Loves stores).

I'm going to try to find similar jacks here, then hire a shop to construct them. NEED THEM REALLY BADLY. WIFE SUFFERS FROM SEVERE INNER EAR VERTIGO - UNTREATABLE. Stabilizing the 5er is job #1!!!

Many thanks for this note!
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Thanks for the tip on pics at the top. Didn't see them when I loaded the page. I get 'er now.
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Hi there! This sounds like the real cats' meow! We are in Canada, full timers, and do not have access to a shop nearby.

Can you tell me the brand name of the jacks? We're they purchased at an AUTO PARTS/SUPPLY shop? (not familiar with the Loves stores).


You can try Canadian Tire or Princess Auto in Canada. They are made by a Company called Haul Master. They are Cargo Bars for keeping your stuff in place in the bed of your pick up. They are so simple to install you may not need a shop to install. Hope this helps.

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