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Old 07-29-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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Air vs Hydraulic vs Air/Hydraulic Leveling

We're going to look at a 2003 Monaco Executive 42SBW and it has the standard, according to the brochure, "Automatic Air Leveling System".

Under "OPTIONS" in the brochure it offers "Hydraulic Leveling System" and "Dual Leveling Systems (Air/Hydraulic)". What's the difference between these three systems?

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Old 07-29-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Dave I think what they are saying is you can have air and hydraulic for lots more cash or air leveling or hyd leveling no extra charge when ordering new. And that is a no brainer, air is the way to go.
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Ditto, air is the way to go...

I have only been able to NOT level once in 4 yrs of fulltiming. And this once I was very close so it was not an issue!

Plus, I tip my coach over a bit at fuel stations to ease filling the tank... this you really can not do with hydraulics... you can but the station will yell like hell at you if you do.
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We're going to look at a 2003 Monaco Executive 42SBW and it has the standard, according to the brochure, "Automatic Air Leveling System".

Under "OPTIONS" in the brochure it offers "Hydraulic Leveling System" and "Dual Leveling Systems (Air/Hydraulic)". What's the difference between these three systems?

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There are really only two coach leveling systems, Hydraulic Jacks or Air Bag Leveling. Most times the coaches will offer one or the other, however with the higher end coaches, they will offer a third option, BOTH.

I have air leveling on my Windsor, however there are times when I wish I had both. Depending on how full or empty the air bags are when finished leveling depends on whether you have any wobble in the coach. Generally you will experience more as your air bags reach their lowest air setting. This is where the additional hydraulic jacks would help in reducing the wobble and give it support at the chosen height. You simply lower the jacks until they are supporting the coach but not lifting or leveling.

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I can not understand why an air system would be better than a hydraulic system. Air is not stable. Hydraulic fluid is not compressable which should give a much more stable system and support. Please educate me and others who are on this thread.
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I can not understand why an air system would be better than a hydraulic system. Air is not stable. Hydraulic fluid is not compressable which should give a much more stable system and support. Please educate me and others who are on this thread.
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The air leveling system on my coach is VERY stable and so easy to use. When I pull into a camp spot the coach is already level as it keeps the coach level while driving down the road. However, it is level for road travel and I want it lower to the ground, so I push the "ON" button twice and it lowers the coach to the lowest point that it can level. If you leave the system on then any time the the coach leveling changes, due to a shift in load it will automatially adjust back to level. It also is much more stable than 4 jacks on the pad as the coach is resting on the 8 tires. You can even park on the beach in sand, or on a muddy location. Try doing that with jacks

When we get ready to pull out there are no jacks to retract. Simply start the engine, wait for the air pressure to build to a safe level for the brakes, take off the parking brake, put the transmission in gear and the "travel" light comes on and away we go!
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My 2003 Windsor has both Hyd and air leveling I generaly level with the air and then put the hyd jacks down snug on the turf to help study things up the coach real nice way to go.
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We have both HYD and AIR leveling. Air is by far easier on the coach. I use it more than the Hyd, but if we are staying for extended time the Hyd will hold the coach without the annoying supplemental air pump noise.
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Think I understand it now.

Thanks for all of the replies. Sounds like nice feature(s) to have.
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