Stromberg Carlson Manual Landing Gear Set Review

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Review of the Stromberg Carlson Manual Landing Gear Set

Randy: Hey guys, it's Randy here at Today, we're going to take a quick look at the Stromberg Carlson Manual Landing Gear. Now this gear's designed for your fifth wheel camper, sits right up there on front. And basically with the manual crank design, it really gives you maximum capacity.Generally, with this type of landing gear, the weak link's going to be the motor. The motor only has so much power to lift and lower. Most of those are going to be 5,500 pounds, maybe 6,500 pounds.

In this case, this landing gear kit, while it's almost identical to a motorized landing gear kit, it's going to offer us an 8,000 pound capacity. So this is going to be ideal for those really large and heavy trailers. Maybe you've got a large bank of batteries up in the front, maybe a water tank up in the front. This can really help to handle all of those loads.Then once that's in, just going to crank our handle. That's going to give us that raise and lowering effect.

I like the leverage that we can generate with the handle, and I also like that it has the rotating knobs here so we're not. I don't know if you've ever used a jack handle before, but you hold it and it will pull on your hand as it's going around. This is going to allow us really nice, easy, smooth operation when it's time to deploy or retract our landing gear there.Now to be sure this is going to work for your application, there's a measurement you'll want to take. And that's basically going to be from the bump out, outside to outside. That's our weld stop.

We have plates that are also going to come with it, that can be welded on if you're adding this on to a new camper maybe that you've built. Generally though, you're going to be buying this as a replacement. Maybe you've drug the bottom or you've done something. We'll measure outside to outside. What we're looking for is 17 1/2".

That can be sometimes confusing, there's a little bit longer one, 21 1/2". If that's what you've got, this isn't going to work out for your application. So definitely keep that in mind.As far as the length of travel that we have here, it's going to be a total of 34 7/8". We have the drop leg of course, that's very common across all of our landing gear. That gives us one inch increments all the way down to 15", then the actual stroke of the landing gear is going to be 19 7/8". So we combine those, 34 7/8" of an inch. I really like the independently adjustable footplates. If we're on a surface, if we pull up, if one side's a little bit lower than the other, we're able to lower that one down further than this one. And as we start to raise it, it's going to lift it evenly.We've got a pin down here. Going to take the clip off of, pull our pin. You can see that's going to allow us to adjust that up and down for uneven terrain. We'll slide that pin back in. Now one thing you might consider, is the spring loaded clip. Basically, there's a pin here that we can just attach around the leg. You'll pull out on it, the footplate drops down, and as we start to operate our landing gear, as soon as that pin lines up with the next available hole, it's automatically going to clip in. That can save you some time bending over, and trying to work out which hole to put it in properly.The footplate's going to be 5" wide and it's going to be 8" deep. That's going to work out in most of your gravel situations, most of your dry surfaces it should work out really well on. And of course, asphalt, concrete, no problem. If you generally camp in sandy areas, or maybe the ground's a little bit softer, they do offer a replacement footplate for that. It's actually going to be 9" in diameter and can really spread that energy out over a greater area. Something I like about these, they're very adaptable for all the different applications. You can swap out what you want to make it work for you.Now we have an aluminum gear box housing and really nice, black, steel. Heavy duty steel with that black powder coat finish on it. But for the most part, most of this area is going to live up and in the front of your fifth wheel. The main area that I have concern with with these, is in our inner tube, our outer tube here and then the footplate. Which those are treated with a clear zinc finish. Should really help resist corrosion as we're heading down the road and things come up and hit it.Now if this is going to be a new setup on your trailer, these are the weld on brackets. Or maybe you damaged them. Maybe you drug them too much and you've stretched these out or ripped the bolts or something. Basically, these fit on the outside of our weld stop, so above it and below it. You see it's already got a nice contour there so it should be pretty easy to weld. And of course, you'll paint it once you have it welded on. That's what's going to hold it in place. One there, one below it. And the provided carriage bolts are there to place in there and to get everything tightened down.All in all I really like this setup. I think it's going to do the job perfectly. I would get this and I would own this if I had that heavier situation with the weight. If I didn't or if I weren't already replacing something mechanical, I think I'd go with the powered option. We've got a high speed, 6,500 pound option. That's a good one. But if you just want to do mechanical, you don't want to waste battery power. Maybe if you're out boon docking, or if your battery is always dead in your trailer and you don't want to mess with fixing that, this is going to be a really good solution that won't leave you stuck.

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