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Old 03-02-2015, 10:53 AM   #1
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Atwood level legs audio warning

Retracted the leveling jacks on my 38L this morning. All retracted but the driver rear indicates it is not fully retracted. I visually verified it is. But the moment I select drive on my transmission, I get the audio warning that the jacks are not fully retracted.

I've cycled them a couple times to no avail. Any thoughts? Driving listening to the warning is quite annoying.
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If you know they are up, remove the 4 screws from the panel, and remove the connector in the back until you get home. I think you might have Power Jacks and not Atwood's, there is a lengthy thread in this forum about Power Jacks and the issues folks have run across and how to fix them.
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Usual Suspect,

Thanks, that's probably the simplest immediate solution to the alarm.

I can't be certain of the branding on the jacks themselves. I was only referring them as Atwood due to the label on the control panel. I'll read up on the power jack threads.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:07 AM   #4
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Mine are Power Jacks, my driver's side rear the sensor magnet went missing from the bottom of the jack, this when retracted it would not activate the sensor and stop the jack from retracting, and also caused the alarm. The replacement magnets were $5 a piece, but I found some planet magnets at Harbor Freight, $2.99 for 10 of them, and so far no more alarm.
I also have a spare brake and shear pins. Good luck, they are simple. I would also check the leveling circuit board, I have had one connector vibrate off, and a simple push fixed it. There are a few other tips in the thread, it is long, but well worth the read.

If they are Atwood's you probably have a better jack than the rest of us received, so far on mine I have replaced 2 of the 4 brakes due to corrosion.
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Also if hydraulic the fluid level could be low?
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If they are Atwood Level Legs.. you might try hand turning the manual override on the jack itself. I've had a similar situation a couple of times and I just hand turned it a round or two to tighten it up completely. I didn't even need a wrench to do it.. just hand turned it a bit. The manual screw only goes a fraction of an inch each turn, but most times I've tried it it only takes a turn or 3.

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Nc bounder does it matter what way?
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Thanks to all. I need to crawl underneath the RV and get a good look at what I've got.

Unplugged the connector on the back of the panel temporarily to save my sanity.
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My 38L has Atwood Levellegs.
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Nc bounder does it matter what way?
The time the left rear was showing as not completely retracted I twisted the nut up a couple of times and that took care of it.
My right rear leveler has gotten stuck down a couple of times. This was cured by a simple twist of the nut 2 or 3 rounds up.
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If the leveling legs fail, how do they typically fail? And are they easily repaired or is it labor intensive?
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My passenger side front level legs failed. It failed in the down position and would not retract automatically.I found that the stand could be raised manually very easily. It appeared that a retaining pin or something like that in the leg had broken and just allowed the leg to fall down. We tied it up and were able to continue with our trip but not use the level legs. We were told it was not repairable and it needed to be replaced. Finding a replacement was a real chore and expensive! This was less than 1 year ago on a 2006 unit.
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Same thing happened to my front driver's side jack. There is a shear pin inside that Atwood does not sell. Once it broke the jack was would not retrack. Had to unbolt the entire unit and drive home with that stupid alarm sounding.

I was able to have some replacement pins made on a medal lathe. Cost only a couple of bucks worth of medal rod from the medal store (scrap pile). They come in different strengths. It is a messy job replacing the pin because of the grease, put very easy to do. Now I keep a few extra in the rig just in case. Replacement pin has last 3 years now and still going strong.
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I just had the same thing happen to me, it was just the fluid level. If there isn't wires running to the jacks them selves they use a float in the reservoir to detect if the jacks are up all the way. I added about 8 oz. of fluid and the alarm stopped.
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