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Old 02-02-2016, 02:49 PM   #1
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5.0TA Stabilizing

I am curious as to how stabilizing on the 5.0TA is achieved when setting up on site.

Along with the rear stabilizers, and the front landing gear, are there also stabilizers on the front?

I recall seeing, at least on the larger fifth wheels, a tripod used under the kingpin. I assume this is to help stabilize the additional weight ahead of the landing gear. Is this at all necessary?

As with my 19, I will be using the BAL X-Chocks.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:04 PM   #2
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Rear stabilizers, chocks (or BAL) at tires and front landing gear. That's all I use. But being alone in the trailer may make the difference. Those tri-pods are heavy! Unless you get one of the aluminum ones and those are expensive. I'd say try it without the tri-pod, you may not need it.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:09 PM   #3
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Seems stable

We use blocks under the wheels to get close to level, side to side, then use the front jacks to level front to back and fine tune side to side. We then put down the rear stabilizers and the trailer seems stable. I suppose you would use your Bal-X Chocks for side to side leveling.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:10 PM   #4
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:12 PM   #5
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I use the Andersen leveling blocks, link attached. I bought the bi-pod that Escape sells (as Donna noted) its very heavy. I used is a few times and in a effort to reduce the GVW, started camping without it and have absolutely not noticed any difference. The landing gear and frame gives the front end of the trailer ample support in my opinion.

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Old 02-02-2016, 03:13 PM   #6
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Is the front landing gear laterally stable? I guess I imagine them as being meant only for handling the weight on them. Or are they rather beefy?

I have also seen diagonal stabilizers to the feet of the landing gear. If there was any lateral movement there, I imagine they would help.

I will definitely hold off on the tripod myself, I am more just curious as to whether others use them. I could see more reason for them in those behemoth fivers.

Last question. Am I showing concern where I really need not be?
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Jim I just use the Bal-X Chocks, rear stabilizers, landing gear and that's it, oh and a high tech piece of 2X6 for leveling. Rock solid.

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I have already bought the Anderson levellers, though have never used them. I have pretty much only heard good things about them, other than they can slip on greasy ground conditions. Most of the camping we do requires at least a couple inches of blocking on one side. I went from 25 years of using treated 2x6's, to a few years of the Lynx blocks, now to these levellers. I plan on having a big level mounted on the king pin so I can tell without help when the trailer is perfectly level side to side.

I know when we started using the X-Chocks on our 19 6 years ago, we noticed a huge improvement in stability, greatly reducing the wee shaking motions, and still have them, so will definitely use them on the 5.0.
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Last question. Am I showing concern where I really need not be?
Not really, but how would you know unless you ask? As usual with this stuff YMMV. I was given a steel tri-pod for Ten Forward, gave it back. However, everyone's comfort level is different. But, I don't notice any movement inside when I'm parked and stabilized as I mentioned. And yes, I have traveled with someone, but mostly alone.
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Last question. Am I showing concern where I really need not be?
Nothing wrong with being cautious and learning as much as you can.
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