We often get questions on how the STEADYfast® system is different from other brace type systems. It is interesting to note that the STEADYfast® system actually has no main components that provide the same function as the other systems. The only commonality is that they use one or more braces or bars to stabilize the trailer or fifth wheel. Check out the comparison below:
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STEADYfast® Stabilizing System Compared to Other Brace Systems
•The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System has two long rigid braces that install completely across the trailer frame and one similar length rigid brace installed along the length, providing maximum lateral bracing. Other's have braces that install less than half the distance across the trailer frame and similar length ones along the length, greatly reducing the amount of lateral resistance. •The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System has only one pivot joint in each brace which does not have any play. Therefore each brace both pushes and pulls on the trailer frame. Other's have up to 3 loose joints on each brace (up to 14 loose joints total). Therefore each brace either, pushes, pulls, or does nothing. •The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System anchors the brace to the ground with a 3 pad self leveling foot plate that insures a solid bracing point. Other's connect to various parts of jacks which may or may not be solid. •The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System attaches the brace to a solid frame member that insures a solid bracing point. Other's connect to various other parts of the trailer frame, flexible compartment bottom, and flexible cross members which may not be solid. •The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System’s locking mechanism is mounted on the frame and always convenient to operate. Other's locking mechanisms are located along the telescoping brace and may be well back under the trailer making them very difficult to reach.
•The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System bars install from a solid foot plate to a main frame member.
Others install from a jack leg to compartment bottoms, main frame members,frame parts, or added cross members. These connection points in many cases will flex allowing the trailer to move.
•The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System uses four 5/16” bolts to mount a heavy duty bracket to the frame members, stiffening and reducing any possible frame or connector movement. Others use one bolt or two screws to mount to frame which may allow frame, mounting bracket, and brace movement. •The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System does not require any cross members to be installed. Others may require additional cross members or compartment bottom stiffeners to be added to properly locate the braces. • STEADYfast® Stabilizing System connects solidly to its footplate. Other’s attach to a jack member with light duty bracket, loose pin or bolt allowing movement.
•The STEADYfast® Stabilizing System is engaged by tightening 3 conveniently located locking clamps after the trailer is leveled and the jacks extended. Others require a process similar to the following: 1.Level the trailer. 2.Lower the front. 3.Extend rear jacks. 4.Tighten the rear locking handles or bolts (they may be well under the trailer). 5.Raise the front of the trailer to take the play out of the braces. 6.Tighten the front locking handles or bolts. 7.Lower the front of the trailer to take play out of front braces. 8.Check to see if all braces are tight, if not repeat process.
Just as a matter of interest, the STEADYfast® System patent was applied for prior to any systems similar to what was discussed above. We spent several years doing testing and redesign to be sure we had the best possible system and easiest to use. So... We were not the first to market, but we have the best performing product.
So, What is the Difference?
Well, we like to compare it to sitting on 3 legged stool where all the legs are solid vs sitting on a 6 legged stool where all the the legs are loose. It is not how many legs ( braces or bars) there are, but how they are designed, manufactured, and installed.