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Old 01-28-2012, 07:12 AM   #11
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I use a tripod and find it makes our camper very stable and solid in the front. I do have a problem in the rear with the jacks(they can wabble) Plan on putting a cross stab. bar on the back.

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Old 01-29-2014, 05:04 PM   #12
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Hah, reading this thread tells me how much I do not know about stabilizing! I just bought my rig (also a 3685fl), and it has all sorts of scissor jacks and slide supports in the cubbies that I have not had time to play with. I do notice the rocking though. I have heard from others here to not use the slide supports, although maybe they can be used in other areas for stabilization? I think tomorrow I will pull everything out, take a picture, and see if I can get some good advice on optimal locations for stabilizers, or maybe places to not put put them? I will search around, but if someone wants to point me to a good thread or website about my options, I would not be sad.

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Old 01-29-2014, 05:37 PM   #13
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We had a tripod and it helped a little but nothing to get excited about. Installed the Steadyfast system in 2011 and have not used the tripod since.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #14
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I purchased a used tripod a couple of years ago, tried it out briefly and was not impressed with its ability to stabilize the front portion of the 5th wheel. It not only did not function all that well but also took up valuable storage space.

For anyone considering a tripod verses the Steadyfast or other similar stabilizer systems, I would encourage them to forget about the tripod. It may work for some but I wasn't impressed.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:06 PM   #15
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If you're thinking about a tripod, I think the general consensus is to keep your money in your wallet

Realistically, you can take two ratchet cargo straps, hook them to your front landing gear in a crossed manner and tighten them (be careful not to bend your landing gear) and get better stabilization than with a tripod.

I'd suggest saving your money for a steadyfast system (but not before you actually try living in your RV and see if you really need more stability than what you can achieve with the jacks and other items you've yet to try to use.

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Old 01-30-2014, 05:17 AM   #16
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We're new to having a 5er and just managed to get our new rig in place before the snow set in. We have not spent more than a half hour in it, after positioning it on site, as the park was closed for the year. We won't be traveling with it and thus we have blocked, in addition to using the Lippert system.

My newbie question is......would a tripod add any more stability or the Lippert system with additional blocking will be enough stabilization.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:12 AM   #17
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Putting blocks under the jacks (as pads) won't improve stability over using 2x10's or ???? Putting blocks under the frame to support the entire RV will significantly improve stability and essentially stop all movement inside the RV. This isn't practical with a "mobile" RV, but if you're going to be in one place for the duration, blocking the frame (similar to a mobile home) will give you a much more stable RV. Once you block it high enough to take all of the suspension/tire movement out of the unit, you'll notice a remarkable difference in stability.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:36 AM   #18
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Thanks for the info, I think I will go for the Steadyfast system.
Good choice, we have the same model trailer and with the front living room, the Steadyfast, and good wheel chocks we all but eliminated the movement in the front.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:51 AM   #19
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I have not installed the steady fast yet too cold. i have had a tripod for many years It does a great job of holding my shed down at home! don't waste the $$ on a tripod!!
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:12 AM   #20
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Great thread (and advice). I was considering buying a tripod based on all the great comments posted in camping world. Looks like I should save my money. I'm intrigued about using cargo straps to stabilize the unit. How does that work? What's the setup look like? Thanks.

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