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I have a new 5er with 6 point leveling. After having been in it a few weeks,I'm surprised how much wiggle is present using solid jack pads. I have seen a few other rigs with 6 point using tripods. Any thoughts or experiences?

 

What should I look for in a quality tripod. Also thinking about screw jacks at her frame on the back end.

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Personally, I think they're a waste of money. For stability I think you get more desireable results with under carriage systems and locking chocks. Some folks will warn that if your rig settles over the course of your trip it can put a great deal of added weight to a tripod as the front stabilizers get "lighter".

 

I did have one with my 5er, but found affect of the tripod did little to get the wiggle out of my rig and stopped using it. Other may have had better results.

 

I could probalby see some benefit while your rig is in storage as just a support, but I don't know if it would be worth the cost.

 

~ Cheers

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Our Landmark does a little wiggle and dance also. I used a tripod on our old 5er and like Yarome said, it never seemed to do anything and if you rig settles it will get tighter.

 

We switched to X-chocks and they take most of the wiggle out. We use some very thick Hosspads and rarely settle into the ground. I used to chase the wiggles but, there will always be some give. The length from the rear jacks to the end of the trailer on the Landmark surprises me but, I've also run out of stroke once or twice on uneven ground. When the washer is running in spin, it can give ya a good shake.

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I believe strong arms would provide better lalteral stability than a tripod. I made up a pair from Harbor Freight cargo bars and it reduced our wiggle 90% with just the landing gear & rear jacks. Hardneing the middle may just eliminate the rest. I have the jacks in hand just need to install.

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We have a tripod, but only use it when we are settled in for 5 months during the winter.

 

The Newmar frame is narrow due to the duallies and Big Foot had to put the front jacks inside the frame rails. As a result the person sitting in the back can feel some movement when the other is moving around upstairs. The tripod pretty much eliminates that.

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We added our permanently installed stabilizers on our Carriage almost 10 years ago because the tri pod/bipod just didn't take care of the interior movement to my satisfaction. When we had the Big Foot Leveling system installed in 2010, while it did offer some stability, there was still too much movement so we put our stabilizers back on and are now back to being nice and stable. This is what works for us. Hugs, Di

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