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Old 05-29-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Question Adapting 5th Wheel Stabilizer for A-frame tongue stabilizing?

Has anyone tried adapting a 5th wheel stabilizer for use in the hitch ball receiver for front end stabilizing?

I was just thinking (maybe dangerous, should stop right there) -- my electric jack is old and works well, but, I've been concerned about the wear and tear of using it to stabilize the front end in some pretty difficult leveling situations.

I noticed the 5th wheelers in campgrounds use these:


Maybe a hitch ball could be welded to the top and broader plates welded to the feet, might make a more stable front end. Maybe one of these:



I'm also thinking about this as I work on my Trade Wind in the driveway. I'm jacking the back end up at the moment -- with lots of redundant safety backups -- so I'm not too worried about it, the electric jack is hardly extended at all. But, I have been in some leveling situations when camping when I didn't pack enough boards to raise the front end without severely extending the jack. Extending the jack all the way out kind of worries me, when coming and going in and out of the trailer.

What about the car jacks that I use in the driveway for leveling and raising the trailer for work under the belly pan -- I realize these can also be dangerous, so I use a lot of them -- I buy them whenever I run across them in yard sales. Has anyone fabricated a tongue hitch ball onto one of these by welding?

I've had some welding lessons and have a teacher/supervisor who can check my work.

'Course I also realize something like this would be heavy and bulky. Maybe just driveway/shop use would be practical.

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Old 05-29-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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Lynn,
Wish I could drop in right away. Here's hoping a trip to NM will be in my near future!
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Logically, the ideal seems to make sense... I think your jack should be used and this can supplement?
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