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Old 03-21-2019, 10:28 PM   #1
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Bouncy with levelers down.

I have a 2004 itasca sunova 33l with hydraulic levelers. It doesn’t matter how level the coach is, or what type of surface it is parked on (concrete, gravel,etc) it is extremely bouncy when people walk around. Am I wrong in assuming the levelers should take the bounce out of the coach? Is there something in the chassis I should be looking for or just throw some stabilizers on it?

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Old 03-21-2019, 10:39 PM   #2
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I would think levelers down would eliminate movement when moving around, maybe some one else will advise what's happening.

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Old 03-21-2019, 10:46 PM   #3
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Are you lifting the weight off the springs or just touching the ground with the levelers ?

Are all 4 firmly planted on the ground ?
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:10 PM   #4
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Yes I normally raise the coach about 4-5” or so. Sometime more, sometimes less depending on grade.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:11 PM   #5
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Take some more weight on the jacks. You will not eliminate movement.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:36 AM   #6
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Personal perspective? I thought our coach was solid as a rock on the jacks, but my wife says it jiggles.

The jacks lift the frame & body off the suspension, so no jiggle there, but its still just a wood floor over a metal frame and some flex is inevitable. It's not solid like a concrete floor, nor are there heavy floor joists in total support.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:05 AM   #7
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One thing you need to make sure of, if you don't, or haven't already is, once you think the jacks are all the way down and stable, get out and if you have to, get down on your knee or knees and look, with your eyes at GROUND LEVEL and, make sure that all jacks are actually touching the ground.

Our situation is somewhat different but, close to yours. We have a diesel coach with automatic leveling. It's not air, it's hydraulic, HWH 625 SYSTEM. Once it's all done with it's dumping of the air and, then it does all the leveling on its own, every once in a while, our coach too will jiggle around just a tiny bit. It's not supposed to do that.

So, I get down on my knees and look at all four jack feet and low and behold, one of them is maybe a 1/2" off the ground. That situation is not all that frequent but, it does happen once in a while. If that happens, no biggie, I just tap the controls to bring that jack down to earth. And that stabilizes things like they're supposed to be.

Now, is this your situation, not a clue. But, it's a suggestion for you to maybe take a look at.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:26 AM   #8
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We have ran into that issue before. It is now my wife and kids job to watch the pads while I’m leveling the coach. Also if we are on a gravel pad, I will level the coach and then re level after about 20 minutes to adjust for any settling that may occur. I think we’re just going to have to get used to the movement. We were used to a travel trailer with 4 stabilizer jacks that was solid as a rock.
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We still get a little bouncing when someone walks around, particularly in the front. Even thought I have four jacks, the front jacks are tied together so mechanically and load wise, they make up one jack, that load wise is in the center.

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