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Old 04-29-2016, 03:43 PM   #1
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Foot slipped off leveling post

Hi All,

I'm in a pinch and need a fast resolution. I was retracting my jacks on my 2002 36MMD, and the right rear foot slipped off the post. It's now wedged up to the frame alongside the post. Of course, the post hasn't retracted. I've tried building up some wood underneath the post and dumping the air, but that only worked a bit. I had this happen once before and was able to work around by dumping and raising the coach, but that's not working here. No idea why the foot came off. Last time this happened it was when I was leveling the coach on uneven ground.

I tried putting a floor jack underneath to raise it, but it only went so far and the post dropped as soon as I released the jack.

We're on our way out for the weekend, but it may be a no go unless I can get the foot back onto the post. Those springs are strong! Anybody have any ideas?
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:57 PM   #2
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Picture would be worth a 1000 words--hard to imagine how/where foot is wedged. Jack ram should retract if you place lever or jack underneath with control panel on store. If not, you can release the t-handle on the solenoid, on the pump, for that jack, then it should retract. Sorry I cant help more at this point....
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:25 PM   #3
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If the foot/pad is all that is jammed, try deploying the jack about half way to allow you to free it up.

If the jack piston is bent and that is the cause of the jack not retracting and you need to use the coach this weekend, remove the jack and use the appropriate plug to keep dirt out of the hydraulic line and keep hydraulic fluid from being lost.

As Old Scout said, a picture would be worth a thousand words.
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I've had that happen. The first step is push the ram into the retracted position - I used a hydraulic jack. The next part is scary, you have the lever the foot back onto the end of the ram. I used a pry bar - be cautious - the springs are very powerful and a slip could cause serious harm to your fingers or hands.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
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Get a long handle ax, or a 2x4 about 5' long and some blocking. With the HWH in STORE use the ax or 2x4 with the blocking to pry the jack up. It will work, I have Donne it when one of my jacks was slow retracting. Once it is up (it may take more than one cycle of STORE) use a crow bar or a pry bar to pull the pad back on to the jack, it is held on only with pressure from the springs. BE VERY CAREFUL IT IS EASY TO GET HURT DOING THIS.
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When I replaced the springs on my Alpine I had a friend help me. We crawled under the Alpine and we both pulled the pad down and placed it on the ram. I have done this once by myself. That was a Son of a *'"+=% to do, but I was able to do it myself by pulling the pad down and placed it into position
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I have had it happen twice. Each time I was able to pry the ram up,catch the lip of the pad under the ram and work the pad to the center and reset it. Not easy or pleasent but duable with some effort. As Dave said it's a S........ to do, especally in the snow and cold
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Old 04-30-2016, 12:18 AM   #8
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Fixed; here's how I did it.

First, thank you all for your suggestions.

I blocked some wood under the post and put the system in "store" mode. Then, I used a crow bar to force the post up into its sleeve. Once that was done I used the crow bar to slip the foot around under the post until it snapped in.

When I get back I'm going to build a more solid foundation to put my jack blocks on, and I shouldn't have this problem anymore. Thanks again for all of your replies. They were of great help.
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I carry four 3' long 2 X 10's that I put under the jacks, they spread the load over more area so if the ground is soft I don't sink in. I put a draw pull on the end so I can easily grab them when they are under the coach. I actually go to Lowes and purchase a 8' 2 X 10 and cut it into 3' pieces, the left over 2' piece I carry for those times I need an extra 1 1/2".
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