(In the interest of full disclosure, I received a set of SteadyFast stabilizers at a discount in exchange for a review. My discount in no way comes into play in my review below. Fo shizzle.)
First things first, after writing this and upon re-reading, this sounds like an advertisement- I swear it isn’t. I posted a while back on what lengths people go to in order to stabilizer their campers. One of the primary methods is the use of triangulation to tie in the feet/stabilizers to the camper’s frame. At the time, I was using UltraFab Eliminators. They weren’t bad, but I still had a fair amount more movement than I expected.
In the comments of that post, Paul Hanscom, the creator of the Steadyfast system, reached out to me and indicated that he felt like he had a better design/product. What I picked up from his reasoning is that his bars are longer and his design has less moving pieces both equaling less movement.
“I can honestly say that it DOES do a better job.”
I have had the system installed since December 2014. I’ve used it up towards 300 nights now. I can honestly say that it DOES do a better job than the Ultrafab Eliminators, but with a 42′ camper and 2 rambunctious kids, we still have movement. In talking with Paul @ Steadyfast, he indicated that we might try swapping out our electronic stabilizers and opting for scissor jacks. The electronic stabilizers have a lot of give themselves.
For the install, you definitely need to be slightly handy doing it. In fact, where I draw the line of what I can do and what’s above my paygrade is at drilling holes in metal. Fortunately, I have a super-awesome father-in-law and he helped tackle the install.
First up, the packaging is immaculate. Each part was wrapped and padded from the others. It didn’t matter what the goons at UPedex did to it, they weren’t going to mess things up.
Next up, the cover page for the instructions include Paul’s phone number. If you have any questions at all, he encourages you to call him. That said, the instructions were very complete. If you did have any questions, he covers the installation in videos on the website quite well.
Finally, the major benefits of this system over the UltraFab Eliminators are:
- Fewer bars
- The knobs are easier on the hands
- There are less moving parts
- Stability is better than the prior stabilizers
- A surprise is that the front landing gear are WAY easier to raise for stowing than before
It’s still not rock solid as some people claim. I am planning on reviewing the information presented on the SteadyFast site to come up with a more solid solution (and lucky me- I smashed the crap out of my rear electric stabilizers a couple of months back).
(And finally, all of the images in this review were pulled from the SteadyFast website. I had taken my own but then lost them with computer + phone upgrades.)