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Old 03-20-2014, 05:42 AM   #1
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Tri pod or Braces

Good morning all. Sorry if this topic has been previously covered but I am wondering whether a tri pod or the arm braces are best for supporting and stabilizing my new fifth wheel. I welcome all opinions and suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:52 AM   #2
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I did the braces on the landing gear on my first and my new set are arriving today for the new one. IMHO the braces are much more effective on the shake. Had JT's on the first and went with plug it right's this time around as all my T-handle bolts broke on the first set.

A friend had the tri pod and eventually went with the arms.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:20 AM   #3
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I use a tripod and X-Chocks. They take almost all of the movement out except a bounce in the middle of the 5er. I would have to add additional supports under the frame in front of the wheels for that.
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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Used a TriPod with our last 5th Wheel, use the leg brace stabilizers from Plug it Right on current 5th Wheel, like the stabilizer braces much better, easier, work better, nothing to store when we move.

http://www.plugitright.com/RVStabilizer.html
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:01 PM   #5
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:58 PM   #6
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Having used the tripod, am now using JT Strongarms, fantastic, no complaints. Easy to use, very effective.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:25 AM   #7
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My BAL X chocks between the wheels take out about 75% of the shakes, and putting simple screw jacks under the frame just in front of and behind each wheel takes out another 20% or so. Taking out that last 5% is not worth the $$ to buy either the arms or a tripod, IMHO.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:21 AM   #8
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I have used the tripod in the past, and found some times that it is not tall enough to reach the pin. Had to put blocks underneath the legs to make it tall enough. Installed JT Armstrong braces on my camper and like it a lot better now. No movement what ever. I do have scissors jacks mounted on the frame in front of the wheels that I crank down and that stops all the bounce in my fiver.
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:00 PM   #9
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I use the tripod and X-chocks between the tires. I still get movement so I also use C-clamps and clamp a 2x4 at a diagnal between the ft landing gears. That take most of the movement out.
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Get a set of STEADYFAST braces and you will never be sorry
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