Wednesday, February 18 – Paul finally got the opportunity to install the 5th wheel stabilizers today. He's been watching for these at a good price for over a year. He saw a set he liked while we were in Quartzsite at the RV Show and purchased them.
This is the first RV Park we've been at that allows Paul to work on his RV and has a nice work area (concrete) to make installation easier.
Installation required us to hook-up to the truck. Paul then installed the top brackets for the stabilizers to the front jack legs.
He then had to remove the landing shoes from the front jacks to install the bottom brackets. This caused a little trouble because these shoes take quite a beating from the hook-up process and were a little bent-up. He had to use his hammer to try to flatten them out so he could get the bolts to line-up properly.
Once the lower brackets were installed, it was a quick and easy process to install the stabilizer bars to the jack brackets.
These bars remain in place while towing. We simple remove a pin and loosen the tension on the bars and they raise up with the jacks.
The pins have red safety flags attached to remind us they must be removed before raising the jacks.
We notice a firmer less wobbly 5er immediately. There is virtually no movement when walking up and down the steps that someone sitting on the sofa or at the table can feel. The stabilizers effectively eliminated all the wobble.
These are the finished stabilizers on the front landing jacks. Since these do such a great job stabilizing the 5th wheel, no stabilizers are needed on the rear jacks.
One last safety flag is installed next to the switch that is used to raise and lower the landing jacks. It acts as a warning and a reminder so we don’t forget to remove the locking pins from the stabilizer bars before raising the jacks.
This installation makes it nice when we are sitting at the same campground for an extended period of time. That's what we try to do these days, so this is an improvement we should enjoy.
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