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Old 06-18-2012, 04:42 AM   #1
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1999 Safari zanzibar Jacks

Does anybody know where the hydraulic reservoir is located on the couch. My back jack come up and I was trying to release the hydraulic fluid Thanks David

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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What manufacturer does your Safari use for the jacks?

If you only have 3 Jacks - Two in the back and 1 in the front - then it probably is RVA

On my coach, the tank / pump unit is in the right rear adjacent to the Engine. Follow the hydraulic lines to one of two manifold assemblies - The one with 3 more hoses going from three single solenoids is for the 3 Chassis Jacks - The one with a single hose going from two solenoids is for the Slide Out - You may have an additional double solenoid / single hose setup if you have two Slides

On the top of the three solenoid / three hose block there are three T-Handles - one for each Chassis Jack. If you open them, it will allow the hydraulic fluid to run from the Jack back into the reservoir allowing the Jacks to retract -- If this works, then one of the solenoids is sticking and will need further attention

If your system is an RVA, the factory helped me in the past with a couple of items / has spare parts / etc.... Even had a nice conversation with Dennis Kaye - Owner / Original designer of their Jacking System - (760)746-5732 -- Very Friendly / Customer Oriented

Hope this helps with your situation

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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Thank you for your help
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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Safari it is Riva system. On my 1997 Serengeti, the resouvior is in the Engine service bay, i.e., the fuel/transmission filters, dipsticks, and a remote set of RIVA Switches for the Jacks. By the way, on the backside of that panel in the engine bay, the actual valves are located on the frame member there. Is your problem, the ding ding ding warning going off when you go over even a little bump??? If so, you are probably low on fluid for the Jacks. From the RIVA Manual on fluid level settings:

Fluid Level Service
To properly set the fluid level for your coach, use the following procedures:

Extend any jack 6" with other jacks fully retracted
Unscrew reservoir cap from top of pump reservoir.
If the red light and bong are giving a warning
Slowly add fluid until the red light and bong turn off
If the red light and bong are NOT giving a warning
Use a suction device to slowly remove fluid until the alarm turns on

The JII leveling system is equipped with a warning device to indicate the position of your jacks. A fluid level sensor inside the fluid reservoir turns on the warning system when enough fluid has been pumped out of the reservoir to extend one or more jacks a total of 5-6". The pulsating red light and bong alarm will come on at that time. This is only true if the fluid level is properly set. Fluid used in the RVA JII leveling system is
Dexron III.

Setting the fluid level with these procedures ensures that the alarm will sound if one jack is extended 6" or any combination of jacks are extended 6". Please note: The alarm system will no longer provide an alarm and a jack could be extended 6". Ensure jacks are physically checked for full retraction prior to moving the coach. The "All Jacks Retract" switch position provides an easy way to automatically hold all the "Retract Valves" open for four minutes. Four minutes is more than enough time for all jacks to fully retract.

One of my valves has a slight leak and I go thru adding a little bit of fluid about every year and a half.
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