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Old 01-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Tripod question

I am a new 5er, I just purchased a 2004 Montana 3685FL. My question is because the living room in in the front should I use a tripod for added support?
I plan to by the steadyfast system to help with shaking.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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I am a new 5er, I just purchased a 2004 Montana 3685FL. My question is because the living room in in the front should I use a tripod for added support?
I plan to by the steadyfast system to help with shaking.
Many folks who have the SteadyFast have reported that they've stopped using the tripod all together.

We bought our Cougar at the end of the 2011 camping season and only got to use it for 6 nights before putting it away for the winter. We both agreed that additional stabilization is needed, but I am holding off even thinking about a tripod until we see how the SteadyFast works for us.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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We have a tripod and we're not really impressed with its effectiveness. From what I have been able to determine, the Steadyfast, or some other similar support system, is far superior to the tripod. Another nice feature of the Steadyfast is that you don't have to pack it around - find a place to keep it. The tripod could be redundant.
Might just give the tripod away ...... Steve? Scarpo? Sorry, shipping isn't free!
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info, I think I will go for the Steadyfast system.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:18 AM   #5
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I TOO AM GOING WITH A STEADY FAST YSTM I WAS IN A CAMPER LIKE MINE AND IT WAS GREAT. CAN'T WAIT TO INSTALL IT AND GET RID OF THAT TRIPOD. WITH THE TRIPOD GONE I WILL HAVE A PLACE TO PARK THE GOLF CART AT NIGHT.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:21 AM   #6
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Even if I ever get around to installing a "SteadyFast" system to help with the rocking motion of the 5er, I will still use the Tripod.
I have found two great uses for the tripod.
One: The tripod will prevent me from hitting my head on the kingpin when I am in the front basement area. (Donít ask)
Two: The tripod also prevents me from getting grease from the king pin on my clothes. (Donít ask)
I would not go out and buy a tripod if I had the "Steadyfast" system on the 5er. But since I own the tripod already I would still use the tripod for the above two reasons.

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:26 AM   #7
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That's another one of those questions where you get the folks who will swear by them or swear at them. We opted for a slightly more expensive option by adding the Level-Up Auto Leveling System. Nothing will ever make you rock solid unless you block up the whole rig in numerous places like a Park Model or Mobile Home, but you can make it so you don't feel like you're at Sea during a storm.
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:30 PM   #8
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Some other important points to remember in stabilizing a trailer:

The wheels need to be firmly chocked, too. If they're not chocked well, tripods and SteadyFast and most other stabilizing systems won't work nearly as well as they should.

(There are already several threads about the comparative merits of the various commercial and DIY chocking devices so I won't get any further into specifics in this thread.)

It's also my opinion that the scissors jack style of stabilizers work best if they are not extended more than about 50% of their reach. I carry some blocks made from 4"x4" and 4"x6" posts for cribbing up the stabilizers and landing gear. They're not always needed, but on a slopey site, I find them invaluable.

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:24 PM   #9
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SteadyFast system only for us!

Hi Scarpo,

I originally purchased a tripod for our 36' Raptor toyhauler but once I installed the SteadyFast system there was no longer any need for the it. The SteadyFast bracing does it job well so the tripod was just something taking up space. This past November we spent a night in Williams, Arizona with winds in the 20 to 25 knots range but the Raptor held, well, steay with our SteadyFast system. There you have it, a real life testimony from a satisfied customer.

Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:40 AM   #10
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I have used the tripod and have never found an issue with it. It makes the front end rock solid for me.
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