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Old 01-23-2018, 07:09 PM   #1
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Considering buying xchocks and slide out stabilizers for my 5th wheel to help with rocking and movement while moving around inside. Does anyone else have these that would suggest to buy or not to buy?
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:12 PM   #2
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Considering buying xchocks and slide out stabilizers for my 5th wheel to help with rocking and movement while moving around inside. Does anyone else have these that would suggest to buy or not to buy?


I bought Slide stabilizers off Amazon for our large living room Slide. They help reduce the little bounce you feel when others walk around. Donít need them on shorter slides.


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Considering buying xchocks and slide out stabilizers for my 5th wheel to help with rocking and movement while moving around inside. Does anyone else have these that would suggest to buy or not to buy?


Manufacturers caution against slide stabilizers. They can cause slide timing issues.


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Old 01-23-2018, 08:26 PM   #4
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Following...just because I've been pondering doing the same. Curious about how/why stabilizers would mess with the timing if they were placed/removed before the slide retracts or extends...I can picture a possible reason as to why in my head, but I often everything stuff.

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Flat tire would be one. It's happened to me while parked.
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:37 PM   #6
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X-Chocks are a start but I also added JT Strongarms to really firm up the corners, which helped considerably

I have not entertained slide supports for various reasons (cost, effort to set up, risk of forgetting the things and then trying to move the slide in, a flat tire or rain softening up the ground resulting in added pressure, etc.)
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:38 PM   #7
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I've heard that xchocks can also damage your RV if not used properly.

People over tighten them, forcing the axles apart. Not sure if that's true or not, but it's what I've read.

Take it for what it's worth.
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You'd be hard pressed to damage the axle with the tool that comes with them. Maybe if you added a cheater-bar and really cranked the heck out of it...

It's my experience that damage is more likely to happen if you try to drive away with them still installed.
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Thought about putting another set of rams at the rear corners? How about a tri-pod for the front?
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We have x chocks, JT strong arms, slide stabilizers and jack stands.

The one that made the most difference were the jack stands at the rear of the trailer. Next most helpful were the JT strongarms. Xchocks and slide stabilizers did not do much. I use the xchocks cause they are easier to setup than std chocks.

I use slide stabilizers because we both sit in the slide area (dinette and recliners) a lot. FWIW, the dealer recommended them for long term use. Yes, they could mess up the system if the trailer was not supported by jacks and the tires lost air. With the extra jacks on ours it is not an issue. If you are on soft ground, eg, anyplace the trailer might 'settle', then don't use them.

The cheapest solution is to get 4 or 6 jack stands (the screw type) and place appropriately.
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