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Old 02-28-2020, 06:07 AM   #21
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I install them on my 5th wheel and at first, it was intimated but once you get started it will all come together, it took me about 2-3 hours. The hardest part that I ran into is the square beam between the front jacks.

I just lay everything out and figure out the best setup for my 5th wheel, I haven't taken it out to use it yet because I install it after the camping season. I have heard so many good reviews I figure why not so I will really see soon. The set that I got from Amazon gave me enough hardware to do the back jack but I didn't put them on.
Take the time to put the ones on back, it is worth the effort.
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Old 02-28-2020, 10:34 AM   #22
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I installed the BAL Lock Arm system on our Cougar. It's a bit different in application but installs the same and has the same "final stability".

I had to modify the front compartment floor (it is thin sheet steel about 16 ga) with a piece of angle iron under the floor with bolts through the lock arm mount, the angle iron stiffener and the bed floor. It's "rock solid" and that took care of the "front end mods".

On the rear, I found a cross member near the rear wall (about 10" behind the bumper) to install the top mount brackets.

All told, it took about 2 hours (not counting for drying time for the angle iron paint). Easy mod that definitely improves the stability when walking around inside the trailer.

I'd suggest that you find a creeper, roll under your trailer, spend a half hour or so, "visualizing" what's there and thinking through the installation of all 6 of the arms (4 on front/2 on rear). If you have one of the arms under the trailer with you, you can "size things up" without having to rely completely on "imagination" to see what fits and what "won't work".....
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:47 AM   #23
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... the installation of all 6 of the arms (4 on front/2 on rear)...
The SteadyFast system is 2 for the front and one for the rear, I did not take a pick of the rear (it is just side to side like the front).



Pretty simple installation.

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Old 02-28-2020, 12:00 PM   #24
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On our previous trailer (a 29' FR ultralight) I installed the BAL Lock Arm stabilizers. They were fantastic. When we bought our current trailer one of the selling points were the electric stabilizers. So when we started using it I considered the BAL's again but thought the reason I liked the electric stabilizers was the fact that I didn't have to get down to deploy them.

So I investigated and found a site that sold the same stabilizers that came on the trailer (Lippert Components High-Speed Power Stabilizer Jack) and they had a set in their "clearance" dept. I ordered it and installed the jack in front of the front axle, about midway between the two OEM jacks. This wasn't as good as the BAL's but reduced the movement enough to satisfy me without crawling back under the camper.
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The SteadyFast system is 2 for the front and one for the rear, I did not take a pick of the rear (it is just side to side like the front).



Pretty simple installation.

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You're right, the Steadyfast system consists of 3 bars.

The Strongarm system and the BAL Lock Arm system both have 6 bars. I can't (and wouldn't) suggest that 3 is "as good as 6" or 6 is "better than 3", as I simply have not ever used the Steadyfast system. I can say that there are 6 locking bars (4 in front and 2 in the rear) on the recommended installation of both the Strongarm and the BAL systems.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:48 PM   #26
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I found that the electric auto leveling system is more stable to begin with and the amount of movement was less than in previous 5ers. I installed the front 4 bars of the Strong Arms on this rig and found that that did the trick. I didn't install the rear 2 and the rig feels very solid.
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:46 PM   #27
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Take the time to put the ones on back, it is worth the effort.
Okay, even if the back jacks are electric auto leveling system?
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:44 AM   #28
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We had them on our Open Range and didnt notice much of a difference. A tripod for the kingpin is a better investment IMO. Good luck!
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Old 03-01-2020, 02:18 PM   #29
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I have the tripod steel one and still it was a little shaky.
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Old 03-05-2020, 08:26 PM   #30
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You're right, the Steadyfast system consists of 3 bars.

The Strongarm system and the BAL Lock Arm system both have 6 bars. I can't (and wouldn't) suggest that 3 is "as good as 6" or 6 is "better than 3", as I simply have not ever used the Steadyfast system. I can say that there are 6 locking bars (4 in front and 2 in the rear) on the recommended installation of both the Strongarm and the BAL systems.
Just installed my Bal lock-arms. I did mine opposite. 2 kits in the rear (4 bars) and one kit in the front (2 bars). Im sure there is no right or wrong way to do it but with the layout under the trailer this worked out better for me.
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:08 PM   #31
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You're right, the Steadyfast system consists of 3 bars.

The Strongarm system and the BAL Lock Arm system both have 6 bars. I can't (and wouldn't) suggest that 3 is "as good as 6" or 6 is "better than 3", as I simply have not ever used the Steadyfast system. I can say that there are 6 locking bars (4 in front and 2 in the rear) on the recommended installation of both the Strongarm and the BAL systems.
Looking at the size of the bars and the mounts between the 2 I see why the SteadyFast just has 3. The locking mechanism for the SteadyFast is also very robust and simple, no tools required.

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Old 03-06-2020, 05:05 PM   #32
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I just received my 4 pad SteadyFast package. I am impressed with how well packaged and how robust the components are. Now I need to wait for the snow to melt.
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