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Posted: 06/22/22 12:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're currently staying at an rv park and while walking around I notice out of 100+ 5ers 2 have what looks like a support tripod under the kingpin.
What is the purpose of it when you already have 4 or 6 jacks plus the tires on the ground?

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Posted: 06/22/22 12:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Helps some with taking out the bounce. Not necessary but they work.


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Our FW is rock solid and no bounce, if yours is like that then it's a waste of money, but if you need it, they work.


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Posted: 06/22/22 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've tried one, and gave it away. Waste of money, did little, to no, good and a real pain to haul around. If you need a solid trailer, support the trailer with the wheels off the ground, or invest in JT Strongarms.


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I had one given to me and I couldn't tell any difference with or without. It was just one more thing to do when setting up and breaking camp.

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As long as my wife thinks it makes the rig more stable, it will be installed for any stay of more than one night.

Why not??


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TravelinDog wrote:

We're currently staying at an rv park and while walking around I notice out of 100+ 5ers 2 have what looks like a support tripod under the kingpin.
What is the purpose of it when you already have 4 or 6 jacks plus the tires on the ground?


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They are great to support a flag pole under.. Thats it


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Posted: 06/22/22 02:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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What is the purpose of it when you already have 4 or 6 jacks plus the tires on the ground?

Jacks and tires won't make a stable trailer for folks like my self that may have a medical problem (motion sickness).
Don't confuse jacks with stabilizers.

Jacks can only lift so they may not stop side to side/fore and aft movement on some trailers.
Same for tires in a rv trailer.

The tri pod....or bi pod as I have, can only stop side to side movement at the front of the trailer.

Why did those two use a tri pod ??? We can only guess.....but I assume they work for them.


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Posted: 06/22/22 02:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There was a time when I thought this was important. Eventually my sea legs got adjusted to the movement and I don't care. I often skip the scissor jacks in the rear too. The tripod is long gone.


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