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la voy scott

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Posted: 12/28/17 04:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the best tripod support for a fifthwheel hutch?

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Most people do not suggest or use tripods. Besides cost, weight they really do not help as much as they cost. Especially if you have an air pin box.


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You will get a lot of opinions on this. When we had our Sunnybrook fiver we used the tripod. It did make a difference as well as the wheel locks did. I tried it with and without and you could tell the difference with your eyes closed. The little bit of extra weight does not make a difference and storing it was not bad as well.


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Some like them. Many sell or give them away. I used one for a year. It made some minor difference. But I did not find it worth the effort. Installed stabilizing struts on the front jacks and rear stabilizers for a much better result.

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The reviews on them are mixed over on the Grand Design forum, too. Those that have had better success with them have put more weight on the tripod by lowering the front landing gear to load the tripod. I'm not willing to do that after I have the trailer level, though.

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Posted: 12/28/17 07:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought a tripod but after a couple years I stopped using it. We use cross bars and wheel chocks now.


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The best tri pod . .. . Is your neighbors ..

Had one, gave it away the following year... Get yourself a set of JT’s or similar..


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Try this for info on stabilizing:
http://learntorv.com/shake-shake-shake-rv-stabilization/

Most people start with triangulation stabilizers (my preference is SteadyFast over the JT StrongArms) and between the wheel chocks. For extra stablization, they'll add support under the steps (or opt for a better stairs- the Glowstep Revolution which have positive contacts to the ground). And finally will add extra stabilizers near the axles.


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Most of the weight of a trailer rests on the wheels - I.e. the flexible suspension of the axle. It is designed to allow movement while towing, and of course that allows movement when parked.

The only way to stop movement is to get weight off the wheels and transfer that weight to something that does not move. However, that only stops movement primarily of an up/ down axis.

There is also front/back movement and side to side movements which impact stability.

Tripods provide some lessening of front to back pivoting over the axles. For a tripod to add stability significant weight has to be on the tripod, and a similar weight must also be carried on some supports at or near the back of the trailer/ 5er.

Between the wheel chocks, supports under the steps, cross brace systems like JT all help.

It is a balance that each person has to achieve for their own personal taste/ comfort. How much time and money do you want to spend to achieve your personal level of comfort.

Even rigs with automatic leveling systems usually have between the wheel chocks, under the stairs support and some JT type cross bracing on the landing gear.

I see less than 1/4 of 5ers with tripods, so it appears to me that most people don’t bother with them.

Don’t spend any money on a tripod until you have camped without one. Talk to other 5er owners with and without them. Ask folks withtripods if you and walk into their rig and check the stability.


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Buy the cheapest one. They all do the same thing. For those that say don't bother with them, they have never had a landing leg collapse. I still use mine even though I have JT Strongarms.


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