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Old 09-28-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Should I air dump before leveling

We are new owners of a 2006 Intrigue. We had a Holiday Rambler before, so air leveling is new to us. We have been arriving at a site and just hitting the level button, but notice that some owners air dump before leveling. Our manual is unclear on it all, so would love to have your advice on this. Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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You can do it either way.

If the site is not very level, I just hit the button and let the system level the coach. If the site is pretty level, I'll dump and then let the system level.

By doing it this way, it takes less time for the coach to level
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I usually just level when I get in the position I want. Our site this season is gravel, and our coach tends to gradually sink in over time (D/T the weight of the coach) so it does level itself once in a while. This usually involves dumping air wherever necessary to maintain a level condition.

I would think that dumping all air out of the bags would not be a good thing under these circumstances.
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I ran across this collection of technical articles written by CC engineers and technical folks. In one section is claims that if you dump air before leveling, you will, for example, have your entry step closer to the ground in many cases.

We have tried it both ways. It does seem to take longer to level if you dump air before starting the leveling sequence.

http://users.sisna.com/cebula/CCTechTopics.pdf
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I agree, it did take quite a bit longer to level the one time I did dump air, so I just level and let the coach take care of itself.
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We level then dump the air. Usually it retains level previously attained.
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Thank you all for your input on this. I am glad to hear that either way is fine. The air leveling is SUCH an improvement from jacks....loving it!
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Our Triple E Class A dumps the air before levelling. As stated earlier this tends to keep the step closer to the ground and I believe speeds the process. Last trip we were parked almost level, the legs went down, raised just a bit and shut off.

On my previous unit, a Discovery with manual levelling I would dump the air and level which seemed to make the unit more secure.
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With my 06 Intrigue I tie my mud flap up because I found that in leveling it would invariably drop and put undue pressure on the mudflap. May be why one side of my mudflap broke going down the interstate. Luckily a trucker waved frantically at me as he passed me. Just wore down one end of flap.

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When I hit automatic leveling the first thing that happens is it dumps.
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I usually just hit the level button when we park. To make sure the electric pump does not start up at 3am I turn it off when level. Usually if the sun hits one side that side will get a bit high so I let it relevel.
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I hit automatic and it dumps air, them levels.....no way to get around it as far as I know with my unit.
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I do exactly what B Bob does and it works exactly the same. I can either dump then level or just dump.
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We are new owners of a 2006 Intrigue. We had a Holiday Rambler before, so air leveling is new to us. We have been arriving at a site and just hitting the level button, but notice that some owners air dump before leveling. Our manual is unclear on it all, so would love to have your advice on this. Thanks!
My first thought is this: Depends on how far off the ground your entry steps will be once leveled. Dumping prior to leveling suggests you need the entry steps closer to the ground due to an sloped pad or site. It is possible to level and have that first step be too high off the ground for some to comfortably climb.
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