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Old 06-25-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Can shock damage result from Leveling system

2000 HR Ambassador. If I utilize my hydraulic leveling jacks and it results in the front tires being off the ground for level: will shocks be damaged due to be at max extension?
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I've never heard of damage being done by the front wheels being off the ground... but I sure don't like to do it.

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Don't know the direct answer to your question but do know (I think) that you should not lift the tires off the ground with your levelers. They are levelers, not jacks. Not made for that. Place blockes under the wheels.
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The sky is falling, the sky is falling!! Raising the front wheels off the ground WILL NOT hurt your shocks. I do it for months at at time. No problem.
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The sky is falling, the sky is falling!! .
That's not helpful.

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Your shock is subject to much more stress when you hit a big pothole, than when you raise the coach. All jack manuf. advise against raising the wheels off the ground.
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We had a '98 Winnebago Brave that almost always needed the front wheels off the ground to be level, as the ride height of the front was lower than the rear. I usually just raised it a bit more and put boards under the front wheels. Then dropped the wheels on the blocks, raised the rear end an inch or two to put weight on the front wheels. Finally dropped the front jacks to the ground to stabilize the front.
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Don't know the direct answer to your question but do know (I think) that you should not lift the tires off the ground with your levelers. They are levelers, not jacks. Not made for that. Place blocks under the wheels.
That depends on your unit. Ours has four 12,000# rams with a weight of 32,000#'s so they are well capable of lifting the weight and suspending it there for long periods (don't forget the parking brakes only act on the rear wheels though).
Newmar says it's OK to suspend the front wheels in mid air.
Spartan says it's OK
HWH says it's OK
Reyco-Granning says it's OK
I've been doing it for years on our DSDP with no problems ever.
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Your shock is subject to much more stress when you hit a big pothole, than when you raise the coach. All jack manuf. advise against raising the wheels off the ground.
Not HWH, I specifically asked the about fronts it when I called them. They do advise against the rears but only because that's where the parking brakes are.
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If you have an air bag coach, look for heavy fabric straps that limit the suspension travel. It you have them, then it's ok, if not, maybe not. My beaver has them in the front but not in the rear - if you raise the rears off the ground there's a chance it's hanging by the brake lines. Not a good idea to hang the suspension by the air bags either. Plastics cols flow under pressure - so eventually it may damage the attachment between the bag and it's mounts.
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