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Old 04-29-2015, 05:43 AM   #1
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Best way to stabilize a fifth wheel

Hello Everyone.

We have just moved from a TT to a 5W. I am thinking through the question of the best way to stabilize it.

We have the 4 point auto-leveling Ground Control 2.0 system by Lippert. So far, I like it very much. We also use BAL x-chocks between the tires, as we did with our TT.

I am now trying to decide on something additional such as a king pin stabilizer, JT Strongarms or a Steadyfast system. So far, a search of the forum has not produced a definitive answer. (Not surprising, I guess.)

Thanks for your input.

Terry
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:03 AM   #2
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I do not have an auto-level system, but the Steadyfast works well on my 5th Wheel. The first time we used it, the expense and installation time were completely justified by three words from my wife..."That's much better!"

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Old 04-29-2015, 07:44 AM   #3
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I put the Strongarms on mine. Did not put the ones on the rear, as it looked to be a minor improvement vs. what was already there by Jayco - your system is very different from mine though.

They eliminated a lot of the wiggle. Not perfect (I think I'd have to take off the tires and axle springs for that!), but still a really big improvement!
I would recommend.

In my previous searches on rv.net, etc. most people seem to prefer this type of stabilizer over tripods by a wide margin.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:51 AM   #4
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The kin pin stabilizer really took a lot ( not all ) of the shake out of the nose for me. They are a pain to pull out and set up, but worth the effort.

Nothing fancy, the functionality is the same for all of them I think.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:26 AM   #5
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I use the JT Strongarm stabilizers on my fiver. Then I added scissor jacks to the frame on each side in front of the wheels. This stopped 95% of any movement back and forth or sideways and also took away all the bounce experienced without the scissor jacks. I eliminated the tripod fifth wheel stabilizer completely. DW is really happy now! No more movement!
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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I have the Plug it rights on this unit. Last unit was JT Strongarms. Both are good and each have their plusses and minuses. JT's are thicker, but the t-bolts break and rust into the threads. Wound up putting 9/16 head SS bolts to eliminate the issue with never seize. The Plug it rights have nice plastic handle to tighten and work well for me.
Then I added 4 scizzor jacks both in front and behind the axles. I let the kids each do one while I get the sewer, power and water hooked up. I needed them due to my length and I only really use them on the longer trips, but many hands make quick work! Since you have the leveling system it's probably only going to need stabilizers. Another thing is the step brace, but with the new 4 steps going out lower it's harder to get the screw jack style under it so I just use a block or 2.
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We like our SteadyFast stabilizers. Have them on our Pinnacle and had them on our former Raptor toy hauler.
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JT Strongarms here. Works great. Did not do the rear ones either.
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I do not have an auto-level system, but the Steadyfast works well on my 5th Wheel. The first time we used it, the expense and installation time were completely justified by three words from my wife..."That's much better!"

Chuck
Put "Steadyfast" on front and rear but as said I have the plain jacks..
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I full time and I don't use anything for stabilization. I have just gotten used to it. I even run the washer/dryer combo in the bedroom when I'm sleeping. It doesn't bother me a bit and I don't have to haul around or set up stabilizers.

My philosophy is "ignore the movement and it goes away".
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