Installing ARK XO Corner Steadies: Step-By-Step Guide

By: Date: 01 June 2022

If you’re a caravan or camper trailer owner, you know the importance of stability on your adventures. Imagine being out in the bush, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and setting up camp for the night. But wait, your caravan is wobbling on uneven ground, and things inside are sliding all over the place. Not exactly the ideal setup, right?

That’s where ARK’s XO Series Corner Steadies come in. An essential piece of kit for your trailer, corner steadies ensure your caravan stays rock-solid no matter the terrain. ARK’s XO Series Corner Steadies are the ultimate solution for every outdoor adventure.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the installation process and explain why these caravan stabiliser legs should be at the top of your list.

What Are Caravan Stabiliser Legs?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of installing ARK XO Corner Steadies, let’s first understand the importance of caravan stabiliser legs. Think of them as your trusty companions that keep your caravan stable and secure when you’re parked up in the great outdoors. These legs, also known as corner steadies, are designed to support and prevent your caravan from rocking or swaying.

The XO Series Difference

ARK’s XO Series Corner Steadies go beyond traditional stabilisers. The XO Series brings some serious muscle to the game with its robust 19mm hex drive, compatible with corner steady winding handles, wheel braces, and impact drivers. These corner steadies also double as jacks, giving you the power to easily change your trailer’s tires or recover your vehicle from tricky off-road situations.

Additionally, these corner steadies can be used with a high-lift jack base, providing a wider footprint for enhanced stability on soft ground or off-road adventures. Available in 650mm and 850mm variants, with a weight rating of 875kg in the 90-degree position, they’re built to withstand the harshest conditions.

Preparing for Installation

Alright, let’s get down to business. Before we start installing ARK XO Corner Steadies, there are a few things you need to have on hand: 

  • Firstly, make sure you have the necessary tools and materials for the job. If you’re planning to weld the mounting brackets to your trailer’s chassis, make sure you have experience with welding techniques. If not, it’s best to seek assistance from professional fabricators to ensure a secure and safe installation.
  • Now, if you’re retrofitting corner steadies to existing industry standard brackets, you’re in luck! The XO Series Corner Steadies can be easily installed without welding, using 8mm bolts and 78mm centres. Just be sure to double-check the compatibility of your brackets with the XO Series Corner Steadies before starting the installation process.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide Safety Considerations

It’s time to get our hands dirty and install these sturdy corner steadies. Just follow these step-by-step instructions, and you’ll be good to go:

  1. Grab your trusty socket, spanner, or impact driver and undo the two nuts and bolts from your old caravan corner steady.
  2. Once the old unit is free, remove it from your caravan or camper trailer. Give it a nod farewell, knowing that the time to retire has come.
  3. Now, lift the ARK XO Corner Steady into place. Make sure the winder and handles are pointing outwards for ease of use.
  4. With the corner steady in position, replace the nuts and bolts to secure it firmly.
  5. Before we move on, let’s do a quick clearance check. Pull out the release handle and place the corner steady in its travel position. Ensure there’s enough space for it to move freely without any obstructions.
  6. That’s one corner done! Now rinse and repeat the installation process on the remaining corners of your trailer.
  7. Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed the ARK XO Corner Steadies on your 4WD beast. Give yourself a pat on the back.

How to Level a Caravan or Camper Trailer

Now that your ARK XO Corner Steadies are securely in place, you have the power to level your caravan or camper trailer with ease. No more wobbles and unbalanced setups for you, mate! 
To level your vehicle on uneven terrain, simply adjust the length of the corner steadies. This ensures a comfortable and stable living space, regardless of the slope or uneven surface beneath you.

Ensuring Stability: Using Caravan Stabiliser Legs

ARK’s XO Series Corner Steadies take stability to a whole new level, giving you peace of mind on your 4WD adventures. When deployed, these corner steadies function as robust stabilisers, working tirelessly to eliminate unnecessary movement and rocking. Whether you’re enjoying a brew inside your caravan or setting up camp for the night, you can rest assured that everything will stay in place, even in the bumpiest conditions.

Maintaining Your ARK XO Corner Steadies

Regular maintenance is key to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your ARK XO Corner Steadies. After all, these trusty steadies go through a lot to keep your caravan stable, and they deserve some TLC in return. Here are a few maintenance tips to keep them in top-notch condition:

  • Before each trip, inspect your corner steadies for any signs of wear or damage, such as loose bolts or cracks. Address any issues promptly to avoid further complications down the road.
  • Keep your corner steadies clean and free from dirt and grime. A quick wipe-down after your adventures will do the trick.
  • Lubricate any moving parts, such as the winder and release handle, using recommended products. This ensures smooth operation and prevents any annoying squeaks or jams.
  • Regularly check the tightness of the bolts and brackets. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so give them a good once-over before hitting the road.

Remember, maintaining your ARK XO Corner Steadies is not only about prolonging their lifespan but also ensuring your safety and the stability of your caravan. So, give them the attention they deserve, and they’ll continue to serve you faithfully on countless 4WD adventures.
If you’re using our trusty caravan corner steady equipment, you’ll likely also need some jockey wheels. Check out this handy guide on how to care for your XO Series Jockey Wheels to prolong their lifespan, too.

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Get in Touch With the Experts at ARK

Get ready to take your 4WD adventures to the next level with ARK XO Corner Steadies. Embrace the stability, conquer the roughest terrains, and create memories that will last a lifetime. It’s time to hit the tracks and experience the sheer joy and thrill of off-road exploration like never before!

If you still have questions or need some expert advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to the knowledgeable folks at ARK. We’re pros when it comes to gear for your caravan or camper trailer, and we’ll have your back every step of the way.

Looking for even more must-have accessories? Check out our blog on the best camper trailer tools for your next off-roading adventure.