Wednesday, August 22

Camco 5th Wheel Stabilizer Tripod

If you're a 5th wheel owner and you've never tried a tripod stabilizer before, or if you're in the market for a new one, you really should take a look at the Camco 57391 Olympian RV King Pin 5th Wheel Stabilizer. You could pay more, but with the quality and features of the Camco, you'd be getting not much bang for your extra buck. While there is plenty of discussion among 5th wheel folks about whether it's really necessary to use a stabilizer or not, if you're one of those who couldn't RV without one, here's one of the most popular.

This Camco Tripod Stabilizer has several features to focus on. It's made of steel tubing and sports chrome chains, and for that reason is about 10 pounds heavier than lighter aluminum versions on the market. But for the extra weight of the tripod, you get a much greater weight-bearing capacity  - this one is rated for 5,000 pounds. We all know how heavy a 5th wheel camper can be - I would bet almost every owner has weighed the rig at some point - but we also know that most of that weight rests on the wheels when parked. The stabilizer jacks offer some support, but they are not designed to be load bearing. So, under normal circumstances you shouldn't have to worry about the load-bearing capacity of the kingpin stabilizer. But knowing it's there if you need it can be comforting - stabilizer jacks have been known to buckle, after all.

This model, like most of the tripods out there, is made for 5th wheel campers with a king pin height of 38.5 to 50 inches - so measure carefully to be sure it will fit your rig. Those who have used this model say that it is very easy to set up, and even more important, easy to adjust for maximum stability. If you are sitting on a level concrete pad, adjustment isn't a big deal. But if you're on rocky or unlevel ground, you want the tripod to be able to do its job with a minimum of fuss in the set-up. The Camco was also judged to be very effective at its ultimate purpose - stopping the motion experienced inside a parked 5th wheel when people do what they do inside - walk, sit, etc. And the price of the Olympian is right as well - you can find other tripods going for close to $200, more than twice the cost of this one. All in all it seems like a safe bet to keep that 5th wheel from rockin' and rollin.'

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