Easy stabilizer - Fiberglass RV

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Old 02-12-2016, 05:19 AM   #1
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Universal RV Stabilizer - Valterra 020106 - Stabilizing Jacks - Camping World

It's not the size.....
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:50 AM   #2
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OK I'll bite.. based only on the photo, this looks like a really bad idea.
1. It appears to be very flimsy.
2. It appears that the range of adjustment is too limited. Sure, it looks OK on on the level pavement in the photo but what about the real world? As you spread the legs out for a more shallow area, the amount of support would lessen while at the same time putting more strain on the strap, which might fail. It does not look like it would work very well on uneven ground unless pads were put under the leg over lower ground, and that would make it less stable since the pads could slip.
3. By the time you get the legs in the right position, and adjust the strap to the right length, this does not look EASY at all compared to my stabilizers.
4. On fiberglass trailers I guess it would have to be mounted on the frame or bumper, and not as it appears to be in the photo.

EDIT: I see that it got great reviews, so what do I know.

PS.. It seems the strap is not included, you need to supply your own.

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Old 02-12-2016, 06:35 AM   #3
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I agree- too much work. I can deploy the Atwood stabilizers that came with my Scamp in 30 seconds or less. What could be easier than that?

I'll add one more. The straps and turnbuckle are gong to get wet and clogged with dirt in short order.
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Old 02-12-2016, 08:23 AM   #4
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It never ceases to amaze me. The half-baked ideas and the junk some people conjure up and try to sell to other people who don't know better. Stick with the "tried and true" equipment that has proven itself over the years and you will be well ahead of the game.
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Old 02-12-2016, 08:30 AM   #5
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I have those and have used them for 8 or 9 years. Met the man who invented these for trailers. They were originally called "Wayne's Stabilizers." They're not difficult to use at all. The first time was the worst, trying to figure out the proper length for the ratchet tie down. Once that was determined it is easy to duplicate time and time again. I carry the stabilizers inside the trailer, under the toe board in the kitchen. No road rash and my hands stay clean! Because they're aluminum, no rust either.

Because the legs aren't "fixed" if I camped in an uneven site, each leg found its natural position.

There are many, many ways and products to accomplish the same thing. Are these stabilizers perfect? No. For that you'd need to get the BAL Stabilizers

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But before you DISS something, you might want to ask if anyone is happy with their choice. If we always stayed with the tried and true... there wouldn't be any all-molded-towables. Something to think about...
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Old 02-12-2016, 09:30 AM   #6
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Donna is correct. Those things work great (after the first time). Only thing I can't figure out is how they keep the 'swing arms' in the up position for travel. Donna says she kept hers inside so I guess that wasn't a problem. I built a similar 'rest' for the kingpin when we traveled with a 32' fifth wheel trailer. It worked great except I used a small chain/turnbuckle instead of the ratchet strap. Really never had a problem with the 5th wheel portion of our trailer being unstable (a 6-7K# trailer don't 'wiggle' much ) but I used the kingpin stabilizer anyway... Looks like the one in the ad may be positioned under the doorway of a 5th wheel??
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Old 02-12-2016, 11:13 AM   #7
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I could make that out of my scrap pile and bolt bin. I carry a couple of ratchet straps in the tug anyway.

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