RV Stabilizing Tips
So you have arrived at the campground, unhitched your trailer, put the stabilizing jacks down, firmly placed wheel chocks behind your tires, and walked into the trailer when you notice that the trailer starts to rock when you move. You are standing in a box on wheels after all. This is often a bigger problem with 5th wheels than travel trailers. You’re higher off the ground, in a most likely heavier box, so it can be more noticeable.
Let’s talk about a few ways you can help reduce the rocking back and forth.
BAL 25066 FastJack King Pin Stabilizer – This is a product for fifth wheels that you connect to the king pin, you know the one in front that you connect to the hitch. I have never tried this product myself but I have seen it a lot out in the wild. It adjusts from 40″ to 60″ and has large pads on its three feet to stand firm on whatever surface you put it on. This will not remove all the shaking but will reduce it when installed correctly.
X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer – Here’s one that works on every trailer that has tandem axles. You put it between the tires to stop them from moving entirely. I can vouch for this product, it works as intended and it took care of almost all the shaking in the travel trailer we tested it on. With a straightforward installation and a design that lets you retract all the way down from 1 3/8 inches up to 12 inches, it’s hard to beat regarding functionality and flexibility. Note that this will not replace regular wheel chocks we discussed earlier, use both!
RV Trailer Stabilizer System for 5th Wheels and Travel Trailers by Steadyfast – If you’re looking for a more permanent solution that you don’t have to set up and take down every time you want to get going, this stabilizing system from Steadyfast might be it. You install them by connecting the included foot plates to your existing stabilizing jacks, and then all you have to do to engage the system when you are ready to camp. This is the heavy duty solution that I believe will reduce shaking the most. I recommend this to 5th wheel owners.
MOR/ryde STP32702H Fold Up 3 Step Door – One last thing I would recommend doing, not only to help stabilize the trailer but to make the trailer much more convenient to get into, is installing the MOR/ryde steps. You might have seen them installed on some new trailers at the dealership and it’s a fast-growing product. The reason it’s so much nicer than the more common steps just hanging from the trailer is that these steps sit firmly on the ground when you fold it down. They also fold up into the trailer, so you don’t have to worry about the corrosion like with steps that hang outside during travel or when you’re not using your camper.
I want to be honest and tell you one negative thing with this solution, dirt, and water that is on the steps when you fold it up will naturally end up in your trailer. So I advise you to sweep and wipe them off before folding them up to keep your trailer clean. These fit doors between 23.75″ and 26.25″ so before you decide to buy them, make sure to measure your trailer entrance door. To make it even more convenient, you can add a MOR/ryde handrail to make it easier to get in.
What have you done to stabilize your camper? Let us know in the comments.