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Old 02-18-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Im new to the 5th wheel world having recently purchased a 2010 Kingston 35SB. After a couple of trips to get acquainted with the unit and check things out one thing that bothers the wife is movement of the camper when setup. Even with the aft stabilizers down and king pin stabilizer installed she still feels movement in the lounge if Im moving around in the bed room.
I thought the answer would be to add X-Chocks between the wheels. I bought a set of X-Chocks at camping world and to my surprise they will not fit between the tires. Package says they retract down to 1 3/8, the tire spacing on my camper is 1 so they will not fit. The dealer says the tire size is correct. Has anyone else encountered this problem?
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:59 AM   #2
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You can make a set of chocks. I used 4x4s cut at an angle to fit the tires, and a small load binder to pull them tight.
Also, if you install a set of stabilizers along with the chocks it should eliminate most of the movement you are getting. This is what I put on, but there several other brands out there.
http://www.plugitright.com/RVStabilizer.html
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:15 PM   #3
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When you set it up; 1. Run down the front jack to have the front end just half a bubble below level, low to front. 2. Run down the rear stabilizer until they almost quit turning. 3. Go back to the front and level the trailer using the front legs.

That takes a load off the tires. The movement is in the tires and springs and the less weight on them the less movement. X-Chocks help as do the stabilizer bars.

Explain to your DW that it's not your house setting on the ground and it's going to move slightly. Some folks just like less movement, me I don't really care.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:44 PM   #4
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rvscooter... is it the angle of your pic or is your 5er 'nose high'? (maybe it's just my tired eyes )

You might look into some adjustments to level it out and transfer some pressure from your 5er's rear tires to the front set...

good luck !
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:26 PM   #5
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JT Strongarms........ I don't have them...yet. The trailer landing gear is not designed to take the weight of the trailer - only to stabilize.....

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ing-gear/69723
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:59 PM   #6
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The front landing gear legs seem to be the key with mine. The shorter they are extened the less movement I (the wife) feel. Jt Strongarms would do the job, are very expensive. I bought a cargo bar that extends across the bed of a PU. I got the kind that when you turn the body the feet extend thus exerting pressure each way. I wedge the cut end under the spare tire support frame and extend the foot end out to brace the landing gear leg and turn the body until it tightens up, one on each side seems to do a great job. The cost, found the bar on clearance for $5 bucks. The other thing you may try is to use big blocks below landing gear to keep them as short as possible. One more thing I forgot to mention, I use X blocks between wheels, one on each side.

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Old 02-19-2014, 04:03 AM   #7
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Yep, the front of the camper is a bit high and pressing the suspension of the truck an inch or more. I'm planning to put airbags on the rear of the truck. When I do, the camper will set even higher. The truck is a 4X4 and sits higher than most trucks so I'm a little concerned with it but not sure what the answer will be. After the initial set up we dropped the king pin receiver down. I don't know if it will go any lower and if it will go lower there will be the concern of the camper hitting the top of the truck bed. I wonder if there is any way to lift the camper suspension. I have attached another photo taken at a different angle.
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The front landing gear legs seem to be the key with mine. The shorter they are extened the less movement I (the wife) feel. Jt Strongarms would do the job, are very expensive. I bought a cargo bar that extends across the bed of a PU. I got the kind that when you turn the body the feet extend thus exerting pressure each way. I wedge the cut end under the spare tire support frame and extend the foot end out to brace the landing gear leg and turn the body until it tightens up, one on each side seems to do a great job. The cost, found the bar on clearance for $5 bucks. The other thing you may try is to use big blocks below landing gear to keep them as short as possible. One more thing I forgot to mention, I use X blocks between wheels, one on each side.

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I see I forgot to mention that I cut the cargo bar in half so I had two pieces, then I have one for each leg that extends outwardly as I turn the body. Hope this clears up the confusion.

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Yep, the front of the camper is a bit high and pressing the suspension of the truck an inch or more. I'm planning to put airbags on the rear of the truck. When I do, the camper will set even higher. The truck is a 4X4 and sits higher than most trucks so I'm a little concerned with it but not sure what the answer will be. After the initial set up we dropped the king pin receiver down. I don't know if it will go any lower and if it will go lower there will be the concern of the camper hitting the top of the truck bed. I wonder if there is any way to lift the camper suspension. I have attached another photo taken at a different angle.
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Why are you planning on airbags if it only settles an inch or so?
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:08 PM   #10
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The weight of the camper is enough that you can feel it and I'm concerned about my headlight shining up into the eyes of on coming vehicles.
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