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Old 05-01-2008, 01:51 AM   #1
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KIng Pin Stabilizer

What are the good and bad points on using a King Pin Stabilizer and what brand do you recommend ?
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:40 AM   #2
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from everything i have looked into and heard, the jt stabilizer is the better way to go. i currently have the kingpin stabilizer and while it does quite abit, it still allows quite abit of movement, as there is flex in the suspension and front landing gear and rear stabilizing jacks. i am going to be getting the JT's when i get back into the trailer. the JT's mount on the landing gear and stabilizer jacks in the back and hook to the frame to stop the flex in this area, ope this helps
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:12 AM   #3
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We ordered one from Camping World and I canít even tell you what brand it is, I just donít remember. Iím at the point where I think I have some senior moments (lol).

One of the good points I have found is that it will help to hold the tailgate flag poles I have. I can set the stabilizer on them and then display our flags.

Another advantage is that it helps keep smaller people from walking into the king pin (ouch).

Another advantage is that it actually helps to make the bed room feel more solid although I donít always use it. Iím just not convinced that itís worth the cost for the benefit though.

One big disadvantage is it has to be stored somewhere and itís heavy to lug on and move around.
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Old 05-01-2008, 05:18 AM   #4
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JIMMIE, I have had the three legged beast AND now the JT stabilizers. There is no comparison, where as the three legged beast took out 10% of the movement, the JT's take out 90%. You will not notice much difference with the three legged thing but a world of difference with the JT's. My advice would be to save your money and go with the JT's. More costly but actually do what they claim to do.......
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:22 AM   #5
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it helps to keep you from banging your head on the king pin because it forces you to walk around it and you can hang things off it. I see no particular advantage in actual stabilizing the camper front to back. We have one because we fell for the marketing..it is for sale,,special MOC pricing.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:52 AM   #6
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where do you buy the JT stabilizers ?
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:26 AM   #7
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You can sell mine with yours. Deal is, two for the price of one. Then we split.
When do you want to pick mine up.
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:09 AM   #8
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I had one and got rid of it. Never noticed a real benefit from it and I got tired of carrying it around in the back of the truck. Don't have them, but I believe if you really NEED to feel completely movement free you should go to JT Stabilizers.

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:29 AM   #9
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I have the aluminum tripod. It seems to work better if you lower the RV on it (it'll take up to 800# of weight) rather than trying to crank the tripod up to the pin. Get more weight on the tripod and more stability that way.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:14 PM   #10
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Before the marketing of JT's or other brands there of ... I suppose the king pin stabilizers were the best of what was available ... I had one. There will be a few on here in disagreement, but denial is sometimes overpowering. Once you step foot in an RV with JT's, you'll wonder why you dragged the tripod around sooooooooooo long! Costs maybe double the money? ... surely, but the return on investment never ends.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:54 PM   #11
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You can check out the JT's at their website - www.jtrv.com

I have the 2 legged stabilizer for the kingpin and you are welcome to it if you really feel that you would like one. I have purchased the JT's and am going to install them as soon as I feel better (I just had some major surgery)!

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Old 05-01-2008, 02:19 PM   #12
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I use a tripod. As noted above, if you lower the Montana on to the tripod, you can put enough weight on it to provide some stability. The steel tripod will take over 1000# of weight. Unless you are an NFL lineman, there's no way you can twist the screw on the top of the tripod hard enough to do much good.
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:17 AM   #13
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I've had both the tripod and the JTs. The aluminum tripod now collects dust in the basement of the house. It will be on Craigs List after Mothers Day.

One of the biggest disadvantages to the tripod was its limited range of adjustment for height. This 3400 is long, and with any incline to the camping spot, the tripod either didn't fit at all, or was so far into the upper or lower height adjustment is was only partially effective.

The JTs always fit. The JTs were expensive, but produced much better results than the tripod, which was not cheap either. Overall the satisfaction per dollar was a much higher ratio with the JTs.
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:45 AM   #14
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Nothing stops movement in 5th wheels. The only way is to set it on concrete blocks which isn't practical. I did use the steel Tri-pod but its in the out building collecting dust. Don't waste your money. What I use is similar to a jack stand, set it just to the rear wheels. Not very expensive and does help a little. GBY...
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