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Old 03-25-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Question What Stabilizers have you installed on your 5W or TT?

Based on my reading in this forum, it looks like adding stabilizers to my 5W will eliminate a lot of the shakes once in the CG.

There seems to be four popular brands: Steadyfast, JT's Strongarm, BAL LockArm, and Plugit Right.
I reckon each will do the basic job, but I would appreciate any quidance, suggestions, or preferences, particularly if you installed them yourself. As easy as all the vendors say it is?

I am leaning towards the BAL, but would really like to hear others' experiences. Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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At the moment, the only stabilizing items on my 5er are my X chocks between the wheels. Adding them eliminated about 75% of the shaking in a CG. Have done quite a bit of research on construction and materials used in the brands you mention, and have concluded that all will do a good job, and have pretty much the same installation techniques. But Plug-It-Right seems to be a bit cheaper that the others, so this summer I will be buying a set of these and installing them. JMHO
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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SteadyFast,x-chock,& some jack stands for axle area
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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Just using the X-Chocks has worked fine for us.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:27 AM   #5
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I added pair of scissors jacks at the axle. It made a lot of difference.
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We have the Plug It Right Stabilizer's, little better price than some of the others we looked at, work great, very happy with them.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #7
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I wonder if anyone has tried using the racheting tie-down straps form one wheel to another in an X pattern to add stability to the trailer....it may help and is something that most truck owners already carry.

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We have the Plug It Right Stabilizer's, little better price than some of the others we looked at, work great, very happy with them.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:13 PM   #8
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You can spend a few hundred bucks or you can do it on the cheap:





C-clamps and 2x4's. Works great and the price is right.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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Finally bit the bullet and ordered the Steadyfast stabilizers. I have to admit that I do like the simplicity of the 2x4 and clamps, but as time goes on there seem to be more and more things to set-up, and as time goes on I get older and want to do less. I like the 3 big wing nuts instead of the multiple locking bolts of other brands.

Looking forward to our first outing in April to give them a test.
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I fabricated a set of JT's and have an extra pair of scissor jacks just behind the rear axle. You can dance inside mine and it doesn't move. The extra scissor jacks helped, but it wasn't until I installed the JT's that the sway was completely gone.
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