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    Stabilization

    OK, i am curious to what I am missing. When set up most of the time, my unit, 303 RLS is pretty stable. for some reason this trip I seem to have a little wobbly going on. I always use a lego or two as needed to level from side to side, the front legs are down like normal and the rear stabilizers too. I have camped before and needed to lower the front to get level front to back and of course with shorter front legs. less movement. just wondering if i should work on front leg stabilizers? any suggestions, ideas, etc. Thanks in advance, Jeff

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    Hi Jeff,

    We have found stability of our 303 has a lot to do with the ground surface. The rear stabilizers work well on concrete but are not very effective on soft soil or sand. I have also been contemplating front leg stabilizers, but had the opportunity to borrow a king pin tripod. At first, I didn't think that this thing made any difference at all, tightened up as much as I could with its screw jack . . . then it occurred to me to raise the landing gear slightly (maybe 1/8") to really load the tripod. What a difference ! This thing now stabilizes the whole trailer. So, I bought an aluminum one of my own. Works just as well as the steel one that I borrowed, but much less weight to position and to carry around.

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    i too thought of the tri pod stabilizer and wondered. i guess i will have to try one as well.
    thanks, Jeff

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    I wonder how much good the tripod does. It appears to me there is some give to the pin box
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    Quote Originally Posted by LCBoyer View Post
    I wonder how much good the tripod does. It appears to me there is some give to the pin box
    There is definitely some give/flex to the pin box. You can see this as load is transferred from the landing gear to the rigid tripod.
    Without the tripod, I can easily shake the front of the trailer on the landing gear legs.
    As I raise the landing gear, transferring load to the tripod, there is a "sweet spot" where it becomes very solid.
    If I raise the landing gear too much and transfer too much load to the tripod, the shake comes back.
    And, like the rear 303 triangle stabilizers, the tripod is more effective on concrete than it is on sand.

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    After lowering the pinbox onto the tripod, it might help to extend the rear stabilizers just a bit to take up the "slack" created by lowering the nose.

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    Rob - you recommend any manufacturers of those tripods?

    Thx
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    Quote Originally Posted by John612 View Post
    Rob - you recommend any manufacturers of those tripods?

    Thx
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    Hi John,

    The steel version that I borrowed was the same configuration as the Alumilite product sold by Camping World, so I got the aluminum version for a few dollars more and it works just as well (but is a whole lot lighter and easier to handle and store)
    http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...abilizer/31540

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbara & Dave View Post
    After lowering the pinbox onto the tripod, it might help to extend the rear stabilizers just a bit to take up the "slack" created by lowering the nose.

    Dave
    Hi Dave,

    Agreed. Good point. I set up the fore/aft level, tripod and landing gear adjustments before lowering the rear stabilizers.
    These rear stabilizers are pretty fragile and I keep them up and out of the way when making any front end height adjustments.

    Rob
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