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Posted: 02/21/12 09:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never used one because most of the folks on this forum recommended against is and instead recommended JT Stabilizers or Steadyfast Stabilizers. I selected the Steadyfast units and am very happy with the results.


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Do you need those with auto-levers?

Just saying.....


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Us out West wrote:

Do you need those with auto-levers?

Just saying.....
Probably not


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Some do and some don't. It really depends quite a bit on your RV. The levelers are not meant for stability but they do offer some. We have friends with Big Foot Levelers and they don't need stabilizers. We too have Big Foot Levelers and found we still needed stabilizers. We're 38' long with 3 slides and a full rear wall entertainment center. Diana

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Us out West wrote:

Do you need those with auto-levers?

Just saying.....
Probably not



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we use a pair of wayne's stabilizers and love them


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Allworth wrote:

There is no way I'm going to enter all of that into my browser, but if you are talking about a tripod king-pin stabilizer my wife thinks it steadies the bedroom (Titaniums have the overhanging nose cone) therefore I install it whenever we will be in the same location two or more nights.


If anybody's "wife" thinks it steadies the bedroom, in my opinion place the order for one yesterday. Heck, git two. As another poster's sig line say's "if the wife isn't happy, nobodies happy"


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wandering1 wrote:

Rubber tires will bounce, suspension systems are made to bounce. To eliminate the bouncing/wiggling you need to keep the weight from pushing down on the tires and suspension by making sure your stabilizers are tight between the 5er and the ground. Don’t just let them out far enough to touch the ground, turn the crank more to make sure they are tight so they will not allow the 5er to push down on the tires. Use a bipod/tripod under the king pin. Make sure it is tight between the ground and the king pin, don’t just adjust it till it touches, tighten it so the front overhang will not move. Make sure to check the stabilizers and bipod/tripod every couple of days because they will loosen up over time. Doesn’t make sense spending a lot of money on landing jack stabilizers when the landing jacks are stable and don’t bounce up and down. If you have properly adjusted the stabilizers and bipod/tripod then you shouldn’t have any bouncing/wiggling. This has worked for me over the past 15 years.

Chocks are to keep the 5er from rolling forward or backwards. They do not eliminate the weight of the 5er from pushing down and causing the bouncing/wiggling. If you park on a site that has a decline then you probably want to use chocks to keep your 5er from rolling when you unhitch.

There are a lot of other options out there to “eliminate” the bouncing/wiggling if you have the extra money and want to spend it.

This is what I do and it works well. For some reason, people are afraid to put 200 or 300 pounds on a scissor type stabilizer jack. Perhaps it is all of the dire warnings all over the place to not use it to lift the trailer. These things are typically rated at 5000 pounds and have the ability to lift one side of many trailers off the ground. The reason they warn you not to do that is because it flexes the frame in a direction and DEGREE that it was not designed to. However, putting a couple hundred pounds on one does not flex it any more than hitting a bump while going down the road.

As for checking the tightness, that is especially important while boondocking and drawing water from your fresh water tank. This will shift the weigth distribution around in the trailer. My freshwater tank is all the way in the back; all of the holding tanks are forward of the axles. If I only put 30 or 40 pounds of pressure on each jack, they won't be touching the ground after using about a third of the water in the tank. Even putting 200 or 300 pounds on each one, I start noticing a change in the stability as the tank gets almost empty.


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