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Fifth wheel nose support
« on: May 19, 2020, 09:37:34 PM »
Now that we own a fifth wheel, how may of you 5'ers use a tripod, steadyfast or lockarms  to stabilize the rv?  Not sure if I need to put this on "Our Wish List".  Thanks!

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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 10:01:09 PM »
How big is the trailer? I suppose there is an added safety factor if the landing gear fails or the blocking spits out but imho there is a better chance of winning the lottery.

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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 03:25:38 AM »
I installed the Steady Fast system and love it. We had the tripod and itís a pain and itís something else to store and heavy. I think if the landing gear failed, I wouldnít want to rely on the tripod to holdup the front of the trailer. Itís only  a stabilizer.
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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 07:50:10 AM »
Depending on the trailer i doubt all the landing gear will fail at the same time. I have a 6 point hydraulic system it has 3 separate manual override systems that each control 2 jacks so you can manually raise in case of a failure.
The 5th wheel pin stabilizer is a waste of effort in my opinion. I also have the wheel chocks but never use them on this unit, i did years ago on my bumper pull with manual stabilizers, never again lol
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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 08:13:32 AM »
We found an aluminum tripod stabilizer on Craigslist.  I'm glad we didn't pay full price because the beneficial effects on our 40' unit are noticeable, but not miraculous.  Andersen jack blocks or similar may be just as effective.  Scissor jacks at the rear may be even more helpful.  "X-chocks" dampen some movement, too.
On our previous 32' unit we had arms like the steady-fast system, and found them marginally effective.
If you're going to be more stationary, and the movement bothers you enough, you may wish to take more steps to calm the wiggle.  If you're going to be traveling from place to place often, you may have to find a balance between how much wiggle you can tolerate and how much effort you're willing to spend to reduce the wiggle.
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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2020, 08:56:44 AM »
On my 38 ft. (6 wheel) Alfa it was useless. I scrapped it after the first year.
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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 09:21:37 AM »
I went with the Steadyfast system - it made a huge difference.
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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 10:09:10 AM »
We used a pin stabilizer for awhile when we had 5W's, but found that the locking wheel chocks actually did a better job of stopping wiggle.  I would think that a 6-point hydraulic leveling system would do much the same.  After we began using the locking chocks, we soon sold the heavy & bulky pin stabilizer.
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Re: Fifth wheel nose support
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2020, 11:51:12 PM »
39 ft FW.  We use no stabilizers except for the factory rear stabilizer jacks.  Yes, the camper does rock a bit, but I call it relaxing.  I suggest doing nothing unless you find the movement excessive, disconcerting or annoying.  Save the money until you are sure you need the product.
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