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Old 03-27-2018, 07:26 AM   #1
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Tripod Hitch Pin Stabilizers

Our new 5.0 TA will be ready for pick up on June 28th and we are excited. Trying to get ready so we are properly prepared to enjoy the Escape. Saw a number of fifth-wheel trailers using a tripod-style hitch pin stabilizer when trailer is disconnected from the truck. Is that necessary for an Escape 5.0 TA? Anybody using a tripod stabilizer? Thanks, Mel
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:45 AM   #2
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No need with the 5.0TA. I use X-chocks and find the trailer very stable. I had wondered the same thing before getting the trailer.
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:59 AM   #3
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Used a Ultra Fab Tripod Stabilizer on our 5 TA during our recent month long trip down the coast to Arizona and California. My experience was that it significantly increased the stability of the trailer while parked. It came with a lock so gave us an added, albeit limited, increase in security. It was light and easy to put up/breakdown and storage was simple while traveling. Also use it at home. Opinions will vary but I suspect many who don’t like it haven’t tried it. We would recommend getting one.
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Old 03-27-2018, 08:38 AM   #4
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. Opinions will vary but I suspect many who don’t like it haven’t tried it. We would recommend getting one.
To be clear, I never said I don't like it, just that with the X-chocks in place, our trailer is very stable, and do not feel a need for further stability.

Here is the thread when I asked about this, which was well before owning it. One member there tried it, but found it made no difference and left it behind.
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I had one, it was given to me. Granted it was the steel version and not aluminum but it was heavy. One more thing to find a place for in the bed of the truck and drag out of the garage to pack. With the payload limitation of my truck, I'm glad I didn't 'need' it.
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:05 AM   #6
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Our new 5.0 TA will be ready for pick up on June 28th and we are excited. Trying to get ready so we are properly prepared to enjoy the Escape. Saw a number of fifth-wheel trailers using a tripod-style hitch pin stabilizer when trailer is disconnected from the truck. Is that necessary for an Escape 5.0 TA? Anybody using a tripod stabilizer? Thanks, Mel
Never used 1 , seems to be a solution looking for a problem. If one is extremely sensitive to movement thE weight and hassle might be worth it, just think they where designed for a much heavier overhang on a larger trailer. Just speculation not experience 🤔
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Old 03-27-2018, 10:23 AM   #7
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Lol. When I posted the reply I had a feeling I would be one of the few in the Pro Tripod camp. X Chocks and other systems are great but I still like the added stability and support afforded by the stabilizer. Lots in use in the States however there are few small fifth wheels other than Escapes to draw a true comparison with.
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:18 AM   #8
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Our new 5.0 TA will be ready for pick up on June 28th and we are excited. Trying to get ready so we are properly prepared to enjoy the Escape. Saw a number of fifth-wheel trailers using a tripod-style hitch pin stabilizer when trailer is disconnected from the truck. Is that necessary for an Escape 5.0 TA? Anybody using a tripod stabilizer? Thanks, Mel
Hi: Mel Tucker... I took a stand against a tripod right from the start. Been using Escape 5.0's since 2008. Both single and double axles!!! Never felt the need for one. Alf
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:47 AM   #9
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I recall last Escape rally, there were a half dozen of us checking out Jim B's handiwork. A half dozen walking around inside his trailer. I don't recall any wobble. Certainly nothing like my 17B when I'm too lazy to put the stabilizers down.
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I'd suggest you skip it, if you think the trailer is shaky you can get one later. I've not found a need.
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