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Old 07-16-2016, 02:49 PM   #1
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Tripod for my 2017 29.5 BHSD?

New to fifth wheeling...does everyone use a tripod under the hitch pin? Without one we have some movement in the camper, but not a lot.
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Old 07-16-2016, 04:45 PM   #2
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Install a STEADYFAST system. Far better than any tripod. My 40' Eagle doesn't move at all once I tighten up the STEADYFAST bars after parking.


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Old 07-16-2016, 06:34 PM   #3
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Install a STEADYFAST system. Far better than any tripod. My 40' Eagle doesn't move at all once I tighten up the STEADYFAST bars after parking.


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Not sure this will fit as we have the spare tire mounted up front.

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We just got used to the wiggle. I thought about a tripod, or leg stabilizers, but in the end I saw it as more stuff to buy, haul, setup and take down and decided against it.
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I don't use one.
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I use one and it does take care of some wiggle. But it comes down to how far your corner jacks are retracted and if tires are chocked in between them. My brother in law has jt strongarms on his Eagle HT and he said they work great, but i think the tripod does the trick for me...at least for now. Our 29.5 bhds doesnt move nearly as much as our old TT.

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Not sure this will fit as we have the spare tire mounted up front.

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I would call the Mfg and ask. The system is too good to make an assumption about it not fitting.

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Old 07-17-2016, 04:24 PM   #8
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I can see no need for a tripod, you already have 8 points on which you support your 5th wheel.

I have very little wriggle, but its the way level out. I level out using the front jacks, then I go to the rear and lower my rear jacks just enough to move the bubble to dead center.

I use a Sears Craftsman Electronic level from my shop and I got my 5th to 0.0 L/R-F/R, then I applied bubble levels on the front and side of my 5th wheel box, over my wheels and centered and at the rear. Since there is no need to level every time 0.0 the bubble is close enough. It only takes a few min to level up and then relax
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I can see no need for a tripod, you already have 8 points on which you support your 5th wheel.

I have very little wriggle, but its the way level out. I level out using the front jacks, then I go to the rear and lower my rear jacks just enough to move the bubble to dead center.

I use a Sears Craftsman Electronic level from my shop and I got my 5th to 0.0 L/R-F/R, then I applied bubble levels on the front and side of my 5th wheel box, over my wheels and centered and at the rear. Since there is no need to level every time 0.0 the bubble is close enough. It only takes a few min to level up and then relax
Thanks for your information. On a related topic, how do you level side to side? do you drive up on leveling blocks on the low side?


I see no way to adjust the landing gear or the rear stabilizers side to side... with single control.
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Thanks for your information. On a related topic, how do you level side to side? do you drive up on leveling blocks on the low side?


I see no way to adjust the landing gear or the rear stabilizers side to side... with single control.
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I have found most RV parks are level or level within minor adjustment. Such as placing the thickness of a 2x4 or less under one of my front jacks. I also have a 1/2 in board that I can place on the 2z4.

So when you pull in check your level at that time. The 5th has some lateral movement in it and the level data will come off my bubble gages. Then I estimate if I need a 2x4 or the 1/2 in. Then I drop my front jacks and put the thickness I need and I have one more 1/2" I used to get closer to the pin hole on the jack, now your 2 front jacks are level ref your 5th wheel and you lift from there, drive out then bubble up with a slight nose up, bubble just off center.

Drop rear jacks til either one just barely touches the ground, then slide in 1/2"s or 2x4 under the opposite side, now they are level.

Now raise the rear to bring the bubble back to center. NOTE you should only need to raise the rear jacks about 1-2 in, you can tell by listening to the motor as it lifts is begins to slow down somewhat...this only take a matter of seconds.

The whole process is fast taking only a few min after you get the truck out from under.

What this does is level out and share the weight across all 8 points, putting just a bit more weight on the f/r jacks.

I do have some places where the ground plane is WOW, like a 8" drop on one side vs the other. When that occurs, I use my digital electronic level* to get the amount of lift I need to level out.



* https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...FYKFaQodfpUF7A

Its $34.99, got mine on sale at Christmas for about $20, even at $34.99 its a good deal. Here is what it will do for you. It have more than one mode of meas, , one of the modes tells you how many inches per foot to get to level. Set on rear bumper on the high side, the x the width of your rig. 1" per foot x 7 = 7 in under the wheels to level up.

I have only found that on one occasion, most of the time its <2 in out of level.

After you have gone thru this a few times you will be a pro...
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