There is a lot to be said for the tried-and-true power-operated screw jack landing gear. Our Pinnacle has good quality mechanical front landing gear with a single gearmotor, and it has operated trouble-free throughout our travels. When arriving at a site, I level side-to-side using Camco leveling blocks under the low side tires. I disconnect from the truck, then level front-to-back using the front landing gear, and extend the power rear jacks to stabilize the back end. The whole process takes between five and ten minutes.
I find that, when set up on a site, there is noticeable side-to-side and front-to-back shaking, caused by someone moving around inside the rig. It can also be felt when our washer/dryer is doing a spin cycle. All fifthwheels are susceptible to this motion, including those with automatic leveling systems. It is more noticeable in the bedroom at the front. For the last six years, I have used an aluminum tripod support under the pinbox, and expanding chocks between the tires. These things helped, but only to a certain degree.
We decided this year, to install a good stabilizer system. There are several of these systems on the market, and after extensive research, I decided on the SteadyFast system, which is manufactured in Bakersfield, California. I have an engineering background, and this system seemed to be the best from an engineering and design standpoint. I have just completed the installation, and I was not disappointed. The system arrived in one day at our location near Temecula, CA, and was well packaged. Upon inspecting the components, I discovered that everything was well-designed, meticulously manufactured, and finished in an attractive metallic paint.
|After unpacking, ready to install|
|Front stabilizers installed on the left front landing gear|
All in all, a very worthwhile addition to our fulltiming rig, for a cost of $269. Thoroughly recommended!
|Well-designed swivel clamps eliminate any "slop" in the system|
|Rear stabilizer. Even though this exceeds the recommended angle, it works perfectly.|
It avoids the spare tire and the sliding rack, and the bracket is mounted directly to the I-beam.