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Old 10-03-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Coach levelled but unsteady

We are spending our first extended period in our Winnebago Adventurer 38J and this is our first Motorhome or RV of any kind.

We levelled the coach with the auto leveller and tweaked the level to center the bubbles in the on-board levels.

When someone enter or leaves the coach or walks around in the coach there is a fair amount of wobble.

Is this normal or should the coach be more steady with the coach levelled with the levellers or should extend the levellers additionally(but keep the coach level)?

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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I believe what you're feeling is normal. Our Newmar shakes a little, especially when someone enters the coach. We can reduce it by extending the levelers more as you suggested but there always is some shake. I feel it especially when I'm in bed and someone moves around the coach (good for noticing if one of the kids gets up).
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:30 PM   #3
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It's a wooden floor on a metal frame supported by metal jacks raising rubber wheels.

You're going to feel movement.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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Make sure all 4 jacks are in firm contact with the ground. It's not unusual for the coach to become level with only 1-3 jacks touching the ground. If one jack is not in contact, it will cause shake when you move around. Try putting jacks down 2 at a time manually until they are lifting the coach, then level UP (jacks extending) from that point. My rig is pretty stable when all 4 are in contact.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:33 AM   #5
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Thumbs up

Thanks to all - we now have a better idea of what to do and what to expect.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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Did you or the Auto-levelers dump the air in the airbags before the jacks came down? Just a thought.
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Did you or the Auto-levelers dump the air in the airbags before the jacks came down? Just a thought.
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To follow the good info, did you air down? Then level? In our old coach with manual leveling we always used a torpedo level forward, center, and rear of coach plus for and aft at all three points. Pretty stable at all times, just a guess?


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Welcome!

to other posters: I'm pretty sure the Adventurer is a gasser, so no air suspension.

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We found that supporting the entry step helps to keep the rocking to a minimum when someone enters or leaves. We bought some commercial levelers and have also used plastic blocks. Supporting the steps also stiffens them and walking up and down is easier on old knees, also (mine - not saying yours are old).
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Don't forget to take your step supports out before letting your jacks down steps aren't cheap.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:11 PM   #11
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Wink My Tourmaster

With my RV, the coach is very stable when the jacks are down. I always do an air dump to lower the first step and then level the machine. NEVER put anything under the step if you have air suspension. If your unit drops while your parked...and these machines tend to do that...you will scrap your steps big time!!
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Another trick I have use is to place wood blocks along with one inch thick plastic pads under the jacks. This keeps the jacks shorter which minimizes "wobble" some. our coach fells pretty stable even when some one enters.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:18 AM   #13
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A lot of good suggestions.

I am fairly sure now that the issue is I am on somewhat soft ground. Some readjustment helped but I believe I will carry some additional pads for under the jacks for the future.

The Adventurer is a gasser so no air bags.

Overall the experience has allowed us to validate we will be able to use this MH effectively when I finally wind down work to a more manageable level and we can spend the Winter somewhere warmer and live in the MH.

And my knees are old as am I.

Thanks to everyone.
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We also have an Adventurer 38-J and I know just what you are experiencing. My wife has a sensitive sense of balance so I have to level as firm as possible. Once I get leveled as close to center as possible I bump the jacks on each side manually by using the control pad. After doing this the motion, even going in and out, is barely noticeable. If you are on an extended stay, you might have to do this every couple of weeks. Hope this helps.
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