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HydraStar Kit Installation - 2017 CrossRoads Cameo Fifth Wheel

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How to Install the HydraStar Kit on a 2017 CrossRoads Cameo Fifth Wheel


Hey, everyone. Shane here with etrailer.com. Today, I have a 2017 Cameo Fifth Wheel. I'm gonna walk you how to install, the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Kit for these breaks. This is a 15-foot kit, so if your camper's a little bit longer. I would recommend going up to the 25-foot kit.

You can find that here at etrailer. A lot of people are switching over to electrical or hydraulic systems on their heavier campers. The reason being is on a normal electric drum break setup, you'll find that sometimes one break will wear out faster than the other. You're not gonna get as much break and pressure. Typically, you have to manually adjust those.

With electrical over hydraulic, we don't have any adjustment we have to do, but add fluid into our actuator, or make sure there's fluid in there, and our breaks are gonna get the same amount of pressure to each one. So we're not gonna have any, we're not gonna have one break that's not getting as much as the other. This system is gonna be 1,600 psi. So, we're pushing 1,600 psi of fluid back to each one of our breaks. So that's gonna give us much better braking power in a shorter distance.

This kit's gonna be designed for your single and automatical trailers. With this breaks up to 1,400 pounds. The kit is in come up of all the fittings necessary. There all gonna be breast fittings. This kit is also gonna come with the breakaway switch and battery.

Battery is rechargeable, this what are kits looks like. We have a push to test. So that would tell us, what charge of battery is at. The battery is replaceable, you simply remove the screws. Pull up the lid and you remove the battery and install a new one if need be. And not all kit are gonna come with a breakaway switch and battery. However, I highly recommend going with one. Because by law, if you have breakaway switch on your camper, it has to run off a separate battery. Now, how the actuator works. Cause we have a couple wires coming up, we have a twelve volt power source, which is coming from our vehicle. We have more hook up through our seven power plug. We have our brake controller, or brake controller in our truck hook up to it and we also have running towards our breakaway switch. We buy the breaks in the truck. The actuator turns on and it pushes fluid out of each on the desk or each one of our wheels. To provide us set braking power that we need to stop our trailer of its size. This what our actuator gonna look like. You can see it's a aluminum casing, it's not very large in size. It also gonna have a flare valve and that allows you to bleed from the actuator side or rather than the break side if necessary. As far as the instillation process, it's really not that difficult. The hardest part, in my opinion I have to say is probably the wiring. Even though there's not that many wires we have to hook up. It's tracking down the wires that we have to use, and make sure we have the correct wires connected to the correct wires from the vehicle. Now we our on of some features. Let's walk you through how we got it installed. To start your installation you need to determine where you gonna monitor actuator. Where I found to be the best, this opening here is next for generator. I don't know for sure if their gonna put a generator in later on. So I didn't wanna mind out in their, even though it would be easier. So what I found, is right in between my two battery boxes straight down. With the being this location, we're still gonna be able to see if need to add fluid or be able to monitor our fluid level. When you decide to monitor your actuator. You just wanna make sure it's easily accessible. So that you can get your wiring run, and your hard line that runs into the back, that runs to your brakes. When to determine where you gonna monitor your actuator. You could determine, where you gonna monitor breakaway switch battery. You wanna make sure that this is close enough, or in the proximity of your actuator. Because we're gonna have a few wires that are gonna have to be tied together. On your actuator, your gonna have four wires. You have them black, yellow, blue and white. White is going to be your ground, blue goes in cab controller in the vehicle, yellow goes to the cold side of the breakaway switch, black is gonna be twelve volt power. On your breakaway switch battery, you gonna have three wires. White gonna be ground, red is going to be for twelve volt power to charge the battery, blue is gonna go to the hot side of breakaway switch. One thing that is not included in a kit that is highly recommended is a circuit breaker. This is for your power wire that running to the twelve volt power coming from the vehicle. The circuit breaker is gonna protect the battery wiring on the vehicle from any back feed. Next we determine what wire is gonna be using. We're gonna be using the two wires from the breakaway switch, or we gonna be using, we're gonna need to find the twelve volt power. That we're getting from our vehicle. I determine, the two wires that come from my original breaking system. Run on this jacket wire, right here. I'm being set this right here. And then comes with this blue white wires inside of it. I followed it and track it inside and it comes off right in the corner we're my actuator is. Here all my wires came down. These are my two wires that I found on top that run on jacket. I cut my blue white wires cause again I'm not gonna need the bottom side running out to my breaks anymore. I took my blue wire coming from my actuator, and tied em with the blue wire in the jacket. My yellow wire, I tied em with the white wire. While my power, which is the black wire coming off actuator and the red wire coming off of my breakaway battery, from the red wire I went to the silver post on the breaker. Black wire coming from actuator, silver post on the breaker. And then I extended a wire, took a wire from cabin post, run it over and connected it. To that twelve volt power source that's running up to junction box. The only wire that we have to run up at this point is gonna be the blue wire coming from breakaway battery. Cause it has to be connected directly to the hot side of the breakaway switch. All I did was took a wire, This coat hair or whatever it is and straight on top there's a cavity. That runs up to your king pin. I just took it and feed it up. Attached my wire or extended my wire. Attached the wire to it and pull it out. This whole cavity is all open. I run my wire straight through here. There's some installation in there. Run it straight back and it runs right back in to that opening. We're we put in, yes. And this is that wire coming off, of our breakaway switch battery. I connected to the orange wire, of my breakaway switch. My blue wire that runs over into the junction box. I actually disconnected it off in this hot side. And connected it directly to the white wire that I connected my yellow wire from my actuator too. My blue wire that was in the jacket that I connect to the blue wire that has run to the in cab controller. I connected to the blue wire coming off the jacket. And then to the wire coming off of my break controller post of my junction box. I take it all and connected. We need to run all our hard lines and connect them to our brakes. We need to kinda take a look at our camper. Determine a route or we're we gonna take, before we start running our lines. Because the lines, they are thin and it if you bend them too much. They could get weak in one spot and split open. So what I did is of the back of my actuator. There's a hole where all this lines run through the wall or through the frame right to another body panel or right through this same hole. This other body panel right here, right along this edge and in the front edge. I just took out some of the self tapping screws. Pulled down this panel and that wires and everything come out right on this edge, right here. So you can see here my line comes out. I did wrap a little bit of. I put some vacuum line on it. Just so, just in case it does at frame wall for any reason. It doesn't damage it, follow this hard line here. And run it straight back to the first axle. So what I did find, here's what my main line. This kit was actually too short for this camper. So what I have to do was right here, I added a few more fitting, and a three and half foot rubber line. You're gonna get four way fitting, that comes in your kit. This is for your main line run back. Now I did have to add a bracket, because the rubber line was all full close. To spring back and I was little unsure if, there was too much flux in there. If it would damage our lines. So what I did, I just add a bracket and then mounted my fitting on to it. So you kinda see how I have it set up. My main line commin' in to one end. My line coming off my break into one. I have a line that's gonna run across to the other side of the vehicle. And then I have line here that run straight back to my real actual same side. And you can see how my rubber line, my flux line. Runs right into the brake, the back of my brake caliber. My second line that runs from my front axle to my back axle on the same side. See shallow line, we have another fitting. And that's gonna connect our hose coming off from our second brake to our second line. Now for our third line, that goes across of vehicle to our other brakes. I kinda see how I have it run. It run straight across and you have another fitting that has three connection points in it. It doesn't really matter how you hook em up. As long as you have the three lines running into it. We have our main line that runs across camper running in the center. For our front break, flexible line here running into the front side. And then again we have a another hard line that runs from that front axle to the back axle. Which is connected in the same way, as we did on the other side. Now, where to use three each wrench to tighten all our fittings. It is a good idea, to use a line wrench if possible. Now that we have everything connected. We're gonna go ahead add the fluid into out actuator. And start getting our brakes bled. Now we're gonna use either that three or that four break fluid. We need to fill up our actuator to almost to the top of one sugar move of the cap. Almost to the top of it. We're gonna get a second set hands. And we're gonna start bleeding the brakes. What we wanna make sure of this is the second portion that's up here. Is gonna be pull our breakaway switch to activate brakes. We wanna make sure there watching the fluid level inside the actuator. That their adding fluid as it's going out. Because we wanna make sure that we don't run actuator dry, as we bleeding the brakes. As you can see I have a hose with a small bottle. We're at two fittings on our caliber. We're gonna use the top on cause the air in a lines goes up. So I have somebody up front, for our breakaway switch while watching fluid. What we're looking for, is we're looking for clear fluid with no bubbles coming out on this line. Once we get that, we're gonna close this. Have em shut off the breakaway switch and then we will move to the next one. We're starting with the one that farthest away from the actuator. Now, close it. Repeat that same process for remaining ones. Now that we have fluid ran through over lines. We bled em, we need to go back and check to see if we have any leaks on any of our fittings. Now we've check all over our lines. Go ahead and top off the fluid for our actuator. You're ready to go. Tuned up or look at installation HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Kit for this brakes on 2017 Cameo Fifth Wheel..


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