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Old 09-18-2020, 06:53 AM   #1
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5th Wheel Stability Expectations

To this point our camper experience over the last 15 years has been horse trailers with living quarters. Our current rig is a 36 foot 4 horse with a 15 foot living quarters with a slide out. We recently also purchased a new to us 32í fifth wheel camper.

On occasion when someone steps into the horse trailer you can feel a bit of movement but not very often. Obviously itís much heavier, itís closer to the ground, bigger tires, a much different beast then the new to us RV.

The RV has hydraulic landing gear and jacks in the back but we still get lots more movement then the horse trailer. Is that just part of it or are we doing something wrong?
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:08 AM   #2
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Lighter frame can make some difference. I finally got fed up with movement and added a set of manual stabilizers mid point on my fiver. That turned oit to be just ahead of the front axle. Worked great.
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:37 AM   #3
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I would look into a set os stabilizer arms that attach to the frame and to the legs. This will help in stabilizing the trailer, when walking around. Also a pair of X-chocks placed between the tires will help!
See attached links: https://www.etrailer.com/Camper-Jack.../LC191023.html
https://www.balrvproducts.com/produc...s/chocks.shtml

Hope this helps?
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Old 09-18-2020, 08:41 AM   #4
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JB Strong Arms for landing gear, X chocks for wheels, rear electric stabilizer plus a second elec stab added to just in front of front axle and a set of ground contact Glowsteps.....pretty solid...
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:48 AM   #5
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Agree with the addition of stabilizers. I have the Steadyfast system. It's simple, robust materials and effective.
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The most disruptive movement in our 5ver was the entry steps. After installing Solid Steps, that went away. The larger first step is also very nice.

I level the 5ver port and starboard with planks under the wheels. Then I get close fore and aft using the landing gear (after unhitching). I then lower the rear stabilizers (manual crank) and sng them. Then I hit the button for the landing gear to put more pressure fore and aft. We sit nicely after that.

Our 2008 WolfPack 295WP does not have automatic leveling. Or automatic anything...well,a thermostat for the AC/heat.
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tires/suspension will allow for movement
isolate that and 5vr becomes pretty solid

Strong Arms/Stead Fast do stop lateral motion
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7500 pound travel trailer vs 13,000 pound 5th wheel. TT is 27' overall and 5er is 34' to the pin. Both towed with the same truck, 5er tows so much better, smoother and more stable.
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7500 pound travel trailer vs 13,000 pound 5th wheel. TT is 27' overall and 5er is 34' to the pin. Both towed with the same truck, 5er tows so much better, smoother and more stable.
OP is asking about stability when parked
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Old 09-19-2020, 05:19 AM   #10
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As long as you have tires on the gtound you will have some wiggle or quiver from sidewall deflectio and suspension movement. As others noted, The addition of some brand of stabilizer bars will help. I use a spare set of manual stabilizer jacks under the frame about midway between the wheels and the 5th wheel notch plus BAL chocks. Still have a little wiggle but mostly gone. We also don't have any self leveling either which supposedly takes even more wiggle out
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I appreciate the replies. Glad to know itís just part of it but can be mitigated. The contrast between the wiggle in horse trailer and the 5th wheel was pretty stark and surprised me a little bit.
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The suggestions that you have received will all help some, if you really want to spend the money.

However,there really is no need. The movement that you have won't hurt anything, and you will soon get to where you don't even notice it. There have been a few times when we pulled into a site, and I was in a hurry to get dinner started. We never noticed that I had neglected to put the rear stabilizers down.

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I'm probably going to rub some folks in the wrong direction but I've never understood the fascination folks have with trying to make a vehicle on springs and rubber tires "solid" like a house. It's a dang trailer folks. We full time, have a washer and dryer, and we have never had a problem with motion. It's there and not a problem.
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I'm probably going to rub some folks in the wrong direction but I've never understood the fascination folks have with trying to make a vehicle on springs and rubber tires "solid" like a house. It's a dang trailer folks. We full time, have a washer and dryer, and we have never had a problem with motion. It's there and not a problem.
Do you have independent suspension?
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