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Old 05-17-2016, 12:18 PM   #1
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Tripod stabilizers on kingpin

Hi all,

Just brought my first 5er home and I recall seeing most if not all fifth wheels with a tripod doodad on the front when setup for camping. Are these recommended?

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Old 05-17-2016, 12:38 PM   #2
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I don't have one myself, but if you search the various camping and trailer forums you'll probably find that 60% of people say they don't work / don't waste your money, 30% say they work great, and 10% will tell you that you should have bought a diesel.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:53 PM   #3
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I don't have one myself, but if you search the various camping and trailer forums you'll probably find that 60% of people say they don't work / don't waste your money, 30% say they work great, and 10% will tell you that you should have bought a diesel.


Haha that's funny stuff! Oh and, no diesel here either.
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quote "that you should have bought a diesel."
So true - LOL

Haven't taken my new FW out but once - but I have a number of friends that bought them and then felt they wasted their money.

I don't intend to get one - but then I don't mind a little motion inside the RV when people move around - I don't even notice it honestly. But I know that there are people who do get quite uncomfortable if they feel the rig move as people walk around or a high wind blows. If you're in that group then you may find it helps. Although many people think that other devices work better.

I think I'd advise camping in the rig a few nights before spending the money, carrying the weight, etc.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:01 PM   #5
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You may find more positive feedback for solutions like J.T. Strong Arms. Those are on my wish list but I need to camp a few nights first to see if the motion is even that bad.

The only thing I have so far are the X-Chocks for the wheels. Those help but they don't remove all motion.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:05 PM   #6
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I've camped in it one night on my way home. I didn't feel much of anything so I guess I'll cross that off my list. I was actually very impressed with how solid it felt. Though I come from a travel trailer with the x-chocks and that thing moved all over. So maybe I'm just really immune to the bounce at this point.

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I think a lot depends on the length from axle to kingpin. We use one on the FLSA and I can feel more movement when it's not in place. I did not have that issue when we had a 30 ft unit years back. It's not so much bounce as side to side motion.
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I bought you because the front cap had a bit of movement. Installed a tripod, rock steady. The movement bothered the wife so I bought it and it worked.

Love the "should have bought a diesel" comment hahaha. So true.
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It depends on your hitch, it won't help if you have a Mor-rite.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:35 PM   #10
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You have to buy a solid one. I see a lot that I would not mount a camera on much less use to stabilize an RV. It was a noticeable difference on my cougar 5th wheel. But I bought one that was super heavy duty. On my Jayco we have the 6pt system and its not needed.

Matter of fact I have it for sale if anyone's looking for one.


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