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MORryde 5th Wheel Cross Brace Landing Gear Stabilizer Installation - 2007 Starcraft Homestead Lite F

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How to Install the MORryde 5th Wheel Cross Brace Landing Gear Stabilizer on a 2007 Starcraft Homest

Hi there StarCraft owners. Today on your 2007 StarCraft Homestead Fifth Wheel, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install MORryde's landing gear stabilizers. These stabilizers are gonna be a significant upgrade in keeping your gooseneck or fifth wheel trailer from rocking back and forth. We've worked with a lot of different components out there. And one of the most popular ones are landing gears that come down like a four or six point system. So you've got points at each side.

And I'll say, right now, we're just sitting on the axles with our landing gear down here in the front. And this has made almost as much of a difference as an entire system. And we don't even have any of those jacks down. We're just using the landing gear in the front right now. Now, before we put our landing gear stabilizers in place, we wanna kind of get a baseline of how much movement our trailer has.

And this is pretty common, somebody in your trailer maybe in the morning, your kids get up they start walking around and it starts to move your trailer. Or if it's a really windy day, your trailer's got a big wide side. So it's gonna get a lot of cross winds that can really push on it. And this can just be kind of jarring inside the trailer. It can wake you up in the middle of the night, or if you're walking through your camper, you can lose your balance.

So we're gonna go ahead and install our stabilizer jacks, and then we're gonna see the comparison on how much movement we have with and without. So I went ahead and moved our forklift out of the way. You can pull your truck out of the way. And then I just double-check the tension by twisting the rods until we add tension on each one of them. Let's go ahead and recheck it now.

And I mean, this thing is solid. I couldn't get any movement out of this. no matter how hard I tried. The way it was before with the stabilization jack, I'm pretty sure I could have kept rocking on it until the legs just broke off. I mean, it was just night and day difference. I can't believe how solid it is right now. These stabilizes are able to prevent a lot of movement and sway by bracing the legs. These legs are multiple components. And without these in place, you get a lot of rock because of all the different pivot points located down in the leg. While we're rocking it, you can really see these legs move. By putting this X cross brace in here, we're supporting here where the leg is solid and providing a solid beam down here to the bottom preventing that wobble that we had before. Putting one of these on each leg ensures that we can't move back and forth at all here in the front. These are restricted to being used with square tube landing gear. So as long as your trailer has square tubes, this will likely work in most situations, because you can see here that it is adjustable for various widths as necessary. And there's tons of holes in this thing. I mean, we could go way wider if we needed to or a lot closer together, depending on the size of our trailer. And also the height, because as our trailer gets taller, we need a little bit longer length. But you can see we're only about midway now. We've got so much left in there. And if you wanna make sure that this is gonna fit on your trailer, you can go ahead and take some measurements to see the lengths that you would need. We've got a minimum length of 54 inches for each bar, and a maximum length of 80 inches. And these are not only just great at the campsite, but over those long months during the winter when you're not using your camper, these are also great for storage. Just to help ensure that it stays solid in this position, and it can help minimize any wear and tear components as it gets heavy cross winds and it's just sitting out there. So now you had a good time at your campsite. You're getting ready to pack up and go home. Well, the first thing you need to do is remove your stabilizers. You cannot operate the jacks while these are in place. The bracketry that you installed can remain in place, but not the stabilizer. So to remove it first, we're gonna need to twist it to take that tension off that we've placed on it. Once you've got tension released, you'll just simply remove the pins located on each side. And then the arm will come out of there, and we can just pull it out. You can either re collapse it down to make it smaller so you can fit in your compartment, or you can leave it right here so you know it's at the right length to hook it back up. We'll go ahead and remove the other one, and then we'll get these stored away. We've gone ahead and hooked to our forklift back up. You can hook your truck back up as well. If you're doing this at home, we can remove the strip that was coming up our landing gear. And you can see here that we can retract our legs while our clamps are still in place. It's just those crossbars that we need to remove. And they're slow, but you can see that they are retracting. And you can see here that the path it's gonna take. This is gonna go all the way up, just like it did before. It's not gonna have any issues with this retracting 'cause our bracketry is not in the location where it's gonna cause an issue. And you can see here, our drop leg still functions as well. We can go ahead and pull the pin, push it back up. It does take up a couple of holes. So it is gonna be slightly lower than what it was before. But this is still gonna drastically reduce the amount of time to get your landing gear retracted, and back into position. To begin your installation, you'll first wanna take your vehicle, and you'll wanna support your trailer by hooking it up either to your gooseneck or your fifth wheel hitch, whichever your trailer has. That way you can support the weight of your trailer here. 'Cause we are gonna have to remove some of the pins on the landing gear legs. So to get some of the bracketry installed, we're gonna need this supported. Now we're just using our forklift here so that way we got more room for the camera to see here rather than having the back of a truck here. But it's gonna be the same thing. We're just supporting that weight. So now we're back over on the trailer. We wanna take a look at our legs first, 'cause there's two different ways that these install depending on how your legs are installed. We can see here where the black part of our legs coming down. This is the solid part of our leg. This is where we want to clamp to. If we don't have at least two inches sticking down to clamp to, we've got some additional parts that we'll need to use. We'll have a bracket clamp here as well as a spacer that goes on the other side. So this would sit inside the clamp and it would go on the bottom here. And then the other one, the clamp here would go on the inside like that. But since we've got plenty of distance here at the bottom, we don't need the spacers that it comes with. We're just gonna use the attachment bracket for our stabilizer and the U bolt here. We wanna have it all the way up as high as we can get, butting up against the bottom. We'll then take our U bolts, we're gonna go around until it passes through both the holes there. We can then take our nuts and thread them into place. And then if it slides down a little bit, we can push it up later. Once we get the bolts a little bit more snug 'cause it's gonna wanna move on you. So we wanna make sure we've got both of our nuts started. And then we're just gonna run those down with a half inch socket. And since this is a U bolt, we wanna go back and forth and tighten it down evenly. So we're just gonna loosen these up just a little bit now. Just enough where we can butt it up against the bottom, and then snug them down. We can then go back and torque them to the specifications outlined in our instructions. Once again, you're gonna wanna go back and forth. So if this one we end up putting like three or four turns on it, we're gonna go back to the other side. And put three or four turns on this side. And there we go. We've got just pretty close. Maybe one more thread sticking on the other side. But you've got them fairly even, and that's what you're looking for. The upper clamp on the other side is gonna install the exact same way. We're now gonna put the lower brackets on, and this is why we needed our trailer supported with the weight supported so we can get the pin removed. We can see the pins loose here because we've got the weight off of our trailer. We can easily slide that out of there. And then we can install the lower bracket. If you look at the lower bracket here, the ears where our stabilizer connects, it's gonna be offset to one side because that hole is gonna line up with the hole on our foot clamp there. So if your upper bracket has the ears towards the rear of your trailer, you wanna make sure your lower bracket, that's on the opposite side, matches up with it. So if we take a look at our driver's side real quick, the upper bracket we just installed, the ears over here are facing towards the rear of the trailer. So when it goes cross to this leg and needs to connect to this and be straight. So this one's gonna go towards the rear. When we put the lower bracket on to the other side, we're gonna make sure we have it towards the front because the other side needs to be that way. So now we know how that's gonna go, we're then just gonna take the long bolt that comes in our kit. We're going to go through the lower leg and secure the included nut. We'll then tighten these down using a 9/16 socket and wrench. Once we've got it tightened, we'll then torque it to the specifications outlined in the instructions. So now we've got one set installed, we can put our stabilizer in place. We're gonna repeat that procedure on the opposite side. The only difference is that these ears here, whereas they're facing towards the rear of the trailer, when we put the other one on, the ear should be towards the front. We can now go ahead and put our stabilizers in place. You can secure it with either the pins that it comes with. It also comes with nuts and bolts. I highly recommend the pins for most people because it's a lot easier to get these on and off. And you can't operate your jacks while the actual bars are in place. We can operate them currently which is the brackets on, but not when the bars on there. So if you put the bolts on, you have to unbolt it each time. Now that would be useful if you maybe spend long periods of time in your camper, or you live in it full time, because having it bolted will give you a little bit better performance. But it'll be fairly minimal and it's not worth the extra effort if you're moving your trailer all the time. So we're just gonna take our stabilizer. We're going to line it up with the pin hole. We'll then slide our pin through the bracket and the stabilizer. And then we're gonna bring the clamp over and secure it. We're then gonna remove the pin in the center so we can extend it to the appropriate length that we need to line up with the one over there. Once you get the closest pin possible, we're gonna reinsert the pin with holes that line up. And then we can come over here to this side and we're gonna remove our pin. And then we'll line it up. If it doesn't come out, the ends are threaded so we can make some minor adjustments with those. We'll then just secure it with the pin. Now we've got this one secured, we're gonna repeat that again with our other stabilizer. Now that we've got them both installed, the bar can be twisted to extend or retract the ends a little bit. Just like we turn the end just a little bit there to make it line up. If we spin this one direction, you can see it's slowly pushing the feet further apart. If we come back the other way, they'll start to pull it in. So you just wanna adjust it to where you have tension on each side. Now, as a reminder that you have your stabilization jacks in place, there is a tag that comes included with it. That comes with a small piece of hook and loop fastener. We'll come in and clean the area up there with some rubbing alcohol. We're just gonna stick that in place there. And now this is gonna hang down in front of our landing gear controls, because we need to be reminded that, hey, we've got these jacks in place, these stabilizers in place, and we don't wanna operate them. We can damage our stabilizers and our jacks by doing so. So as long as this guy is here, we know, hey, double check, remove our legs. Then you can just pull that off and operate them once your stabilizers have been removed. And that completes our look and installation of MORryde's landing gear stabilizers on our 2007 StarCraft Homestead Fifth Wheel..

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