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Old 09-19-2011, 05:19 AM   #1
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Just started camping in Cruiser 5er and notice trailer movement when occupants are moving about. Do the tripods do much to stop this from happening? A fellow camper told me that they don't and are only used to add support to the front of the unit to prevent cracking of body material where the front overhand meets the main trailer body. Hate to spend monet on strong arms if a tripod will solve the problem.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:30 AM   #2
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You would be better off getting JT Strongarms or Winfield stabilizers. Do a better job and you don't have to store them when traveling.


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Old 09-19-2011, 05:53 AM   #3
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I have used the tripod on two 5'ers and believe they help. Also use the chocks between the wheels and have the electric rear jacks. This combo keeps our trailer very steady. Many of these things are personnal opinions, so you will get a variety of responses. Pick what you think is the best solution for you.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:08 AM   #4
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A combination of tripod, wayne's stabilizer under rear bumper and bal chocks between the wheels keeps ours rock steady.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:59 AM   #5
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I noticed the same problem with our PP when we first started camping. First I tried the wheel chocks ( home made) at that seemed to work. Then got a good deal on a tripod and thatseemed to help even more. I do admit the tripod is one more thing to store in the back of the truck while traveling but works for me. The other supports I am sure work as well and might get them on my next unit.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:24 PM   #6
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I use a tripod on trips that are longer than3 nights, otherwise I don't bother with it. I do find that with the rear jacks tight, wheel chocks tight and some weight on the king pin tripod the unit is pretty solid.


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Old 09-20-2011, 01:19 PM   #7
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The more weight you can get off the tires and suspension the more steady the unit will be.

As stated, the tri-pod will help. I prefer to not have to crawl around to tighten the JT type arms but that is just me.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:33 AM   #8
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we purchased one when we bought our new fifth wheel. had it installed when some other campers stopped to visit and see the camper and he could not believe how rock solid our unit felt. we use a tripod, rear jacks and the wheel chocks that spread between the tires. we are very happy !

also doubles as a lock on the kingpin for extended stay parking.

if you cant get one bought for $100 you are paying to much.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:05 AM   #9
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got one of internet for $79 ,wife thinks it is worth the money,i just lay it in the front storage compartment near the hitch
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:36 AM   #10
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We consider the movement part of the campin' experience.
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