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Posted: 02/25/12 06:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My fiver is scheduled for delivery Friday and it will have Strong Arm stablizers installed on it. Different dealers show them installed differently. Some are installed at the bottom of the legs, while others are installed half way up or higher. What position provide the most stablility?

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Bottom of the legs to the frame. http://www.jtrv.com/images/products/jack_stabilizer/5thWheel_instructs.pdf

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Scooter Alfa wrote:

Bottom of the legs to the frame. http://www.jtrv.com/images/products/jack_stabilizer/5thWheel_instructs.pdf


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I'm a bit confused about how you would mount them anywhere other than to the bottom. I've not seen all iterations of front stabilizers legs, but all I've seen telescope into the leg housing. If the Strong Arms were mounted anywhere but at the bottom you wouldn't be able to telescope the stabilizer legs into the housing very far.

At least that's the way I see it. Also the longer the hypotenuse of the right triangle is the stronger it will be. Up to a point of course. And yes, mine are mounted to the bottom of the stabilizer legs.


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Anywhere but the bottom of the legs will not do any good.


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Instructions that came with mine said bottom, with the bolt thru the pads brackets. I am surprised there is any other way to do it. Any higher up and my jacks could not raise all the way.

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If you haven't already committed to the Strong Arm product, I would suggest you take a look at the Steadyfast system, easier setup, only 3 points to tighten and they keep our unit rock solid. About the same cost as JT and easier to install as well.

Check them out here:Steadyfast Stabilizers

Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with Steadyfast company, I just use and like their product.

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Mine were factory installed connected to the bottom. Frankly, I don't see (feel) where locking them makes any difference.


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I'm a bit confused about how you would mount them anywhere other than to the bottom. I've not seen all iterations of front stabilizers legs, but all I've seen telescope into the leg housing. If the Strong Arms were mounted anywhere but at the bottom you wouldn't be able to telescope the stabilizer legs into the housing very far.

At least that's the way I see it. Also the longer the hypotenuse of the right triangle is the stronger it will be. Up to a point of course. And yes, mine are mounted to the bottom of the stabilizer legs


I thought the bottom would be the best since the steady fast system I had was at the bottom but I saw more than one picture mounted like this and I didn't know if some else knew something I didn't.http://www.holmanrv.com/inventory/189772/New-2012-Keystone-RV-Laredo-321BH.aspx

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We can see this odd way isn't using a though bolt so a special clamp is used. kinda feel the new owners of JT are doing their cheaper method of manufacturing.
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