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Old 05-24-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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5th wheel tripod stabilizer

Does anyone use one of these? Are they necessary?
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:17 AM   #2
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I'm wondering too. I think it could be a good safety article... like to keep ME from walking into the 5th wheel hitch in the dark.
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:43 AM   #3
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I'm wondering too. I think it could be a good safety article... like to keep ME from walking into the 5th wheel hitch in the dark.
Hi: Donna D... You shouldn't be out in the dark then!!! We always leave the hitch light on if we're out past bed time. Makes a nice indirect light and attracts the bugs away from the door.
Never used a 5th. hitch tripod... never felt it was needed. Good spot to hang your shingle. Alf
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:56 AM   #4
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I use the Bi-Pod that ETI sold to me. Since I am a relatively big boy, it gives me piece of mind. It gives my wife piece of mind too. I think the biggest benefit is it adds added stabilization. Only takes a minute to install and I can put a lock on it too. This way, when I am gone, I don't have to worry about someone hooking up and driving away with my trailer. When in storage, I just use a regular hitch lock.

Again, piece of mind and added stability.

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Old 05-24-2014, 12:00 PM   #5
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:44 PM   #6
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I've never felt the need for a fifth wheel tripod. No need taking up precious bed space and adding un-needed weight to carry along. Perhaps using one for long term parking to get the weight off the jacks would be a safe bet. If you already have them, jack stands under the frame would work just as well for storage. I have always been careful with the front legs down. There is past discussion and opinions on this subject in the achieves.
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We carry along some large wood blocks (about 10"x10" from large beams rescued from someone's house project). We place them under each of the front stabilizers so that the legs do not have to be extended much at all. This seems to make the trailer feel quite stable...more so than having the legs extended alot.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:09 AM   #8
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If the side-to-side wiggle of the front of the trailer (due to people moving in the trailer) doesn't bother you, you dont't need a tripod or bipod. We didn't use one with our large (non-Escape) fifth-wheel.

If you do want more resistance to the wiggle, an alternative is braces which connect to the jacks. They're common, but are normally made to fit big conventional "landing gear", not the lighter jacks used on the Escape 5.0 to suit its lower weight.

Before we had a fifth-wheel, I guessed that the trippds were to take out vertical bounce, but that doesn't seem to be a problem... at least with larger trailers.
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