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Lippert Trailair Rota-Flex 5th Wheel Pin Box Installation - 2009 Starcraft Homestead Fifth Wheel

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How to Install the Lippert Trailair Rota-Flex 5th Wheel Pin Box on a 2009 Starcraft Homestead Fifth


Clayton: How's it going, everybody Clayton here at etrailer.com. Here at etrailer.com we install, test, and review a lot of different products to help you, as a customer, make a more educated decision before your purchase.Today, we're going to be working on a 2009 Starcraft Homestead fifth wheel camper. We're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Trailair Rota-Flex 5th wheel pin box. Our pin box does offer us an 18,000 pound weight capacity. This is going to be really good for those mid-range campers, but it's always a good idea to make sure that your truck is capable of pulling 18,000 pounds.What really sets our Rota-Flex pin box apart from the others on the market and your standard pin boxes is going to be this pivoting head. So this whole thing is going to move and shift whenever we hit bumps, or turning, or anything like that.

It's really going to make our ride a lot more comfortable. So not only is our ride going to be comfortable, it's also going to wear and tear a lot less on our truck and our camper.We have a rubberized material here underneath our plate in between our pin box body, so that is really going to dampen that sound that we get with the chucking, and really going to make our life a lot easier whenever we're towing our camper. Our pin box is going to come with standard king pin, so it's going to work with any fifth wheel hitch you might have.As we're hitting the bumps on our test course, you can really see that head on the pin box pivot. And that's where the Rota-Flex sets itself apart, because that's just going to make our lives a whole lot easier, and that rubber padding is really going to reduce that chucking and jouncing that we're going to hear.Now, it looks really nice. Nice black powder coat finish, steel construction, so it's going to hold up for a long time and look really nice for a long time, as well.Our mounting hardware is not going to be included in our kit.

You can pick some up at your local hardware store. You are able to use five bolts to mount your pin box to your side plates. However, ours only had four, so you want to make sure you're using whatever your factoring pin box had.My favorite feature of the Rota-Flex is just how it installs. It comes preassembled. We don't have to take it out of the box and build it.

Just take it out of the box, and take our old one off, bolt this right up. You're ready to hit the road.To start our installation, we want to remove our old pin box. Now our new pin box isn't going to come with new hardware, but you don't want to reuse the old ones, because you've already applied torque to them. If you go to a local hardware store and pick up matching hardware, that'll work out perfectly. And before you take it out, you do want to make sure to disconnect your breakaway switch from the pin box or your side plates, and then take your wiring out, that way it doesn't get all tangled up and possibly ripped off.Looking at our new pin box, we are going to have five mounting locations on the side plates.

Now, our old pin box had four bolts, so you do want to make sure to use the same amount of bolts that came off of your old pin box. We're now ready to lift up our new pin box. You are going to need a couple friends to help you lift it up and get it into place. In this case, we're going to use a fork truck since we have it available, but as long as you have a couple buddies, just to help you stabilize it to get the hardware started, you'll be fine. You can go ahead and lift it up.You want to make sure it's lined up with your side plates, then slowly lift it up. If you could drive forward for me. Once you have at least one hole lined up, you can slide the bolt through on both sides, then the pin box can support itself. You do want to add a split lock washer and a hex nut on the inside.You are going to have to maneuver it around a little bit to get all of your hardware started, but if you push your bolts through on both sides, we can come back and add our split lock washer and our hex nut. You are going to want your two frontward bolts to be as far apart as possible.Before we actually come back and tighten everything down, we do want to back our truck up to our king pin here on our pin box and make sure we have six inches of clearance at least between our camper and our bed rails.We're now we're going to come back with the 24 millimeter socket and tighten down all of our hardware. With all of our hardware tightened down, we can now come back and torque it down to the amount specified in our instructions. Make sure to repeat that process for our remaining hardware. And don't forget to remount your breakaway switch.With our hardware torqued down and our breakaway switch mounted, we're now ready to hit the road. That's going to conclude our look at and installation of the Trailair Rota-Flex pin box on our 2009 Homestead Starcraft.


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