RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login

Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-08-2010, 11:56 PM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 34
Electric or Hydraulic Jacks on Class A??

Hi Everyone
Im starting this new topic to resolve some questions with respect to what is the best levelling system for a Class A. I currently have a 2007 41 DP motorhome with electric jacks. I wont mention the brand name because Ive been often accused of wrongfully bashing the company that supplied these jacks. Since buying the rig 3 years ago new Ive had every possible part replaced on these electric jacks and they still do not work properly. You never know what will happen when you push a button to lower or raise the jacks. Some treads are dealing with how to deal with these problems. But in my opinion, after spending a small fortune on the rig I do not think I should have to become a full time mechanic and constantly fixing the jacks myself. This is not what I paid for.
Im serious thinking of changing to hydraulic jacks but some say the grass is not always greener on the other side. But if you do not have any grass the other side still looks better. The big drawback is the cost of converting to a new system - $6,000. To me RVing without reliable jacks is a show stopper and if I have to pay some extra money to fix them so be it. My previous MH had hydraulic jacks and in the 12 years the previous owner (who I knew) and I, we only had to replace one seal, otherwise they worked perfectly.
So what I would like to know from all the viewers is there opinion on electric jacks or hydraulic jacks the good and the ugly please. If you care to comment on the brand name you have (electric or hydraulic) I would appreciate it.

WesBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-09-2010, 12:53 AM   #2
Senior Member
BobGed's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Land of the Washoe Zephyr
Posts: 2,446
Hind sight always being 20/20, when I ordered my 09 coach Atwoods came standard and HWH jacks were a $1500 upgrade, which I checked that I wanted included. I let the salesman, sales mgr and service mgr talk me out of the upgrade. I would love to have a do-over

Bob, Sherron & Kinsey (Goldendoodle)
2017 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
BobGed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2010, 02:46 AM   #3
Community Moderator
RV Wizard's Avatar

Country Coach Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Chattanooga, Tn.
Posts: 12,063
I have done my fair share of air, hydraulic and electric leveling system maintenance and repairs. I would elect a simple manual touch pad hydraulic leveling system that has no springs on the jacks. I have this with my Big Foot system and have never had a problem of the four independent pumps and jacks ever working. The coach is now 11+ years old.
Mike, RVIA & RVSA Certified Master RV Technician
Amy, Dr. Assistant - Roxie & Mei Ling, four legs each
2000 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 450 hp & 1330# torque
06 Saturn Vue, 06 Chevy Z71 4x4 & 2014 Corvette Z51 M7
RV Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2010, 08:52 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 20,269
I agree with RV Wizard. Go with hydraulic, straight-acting (no "knee" in the mechanism) jacks that use hydraulic power rather than springs to retract. Equalizer and Big Foot make such jacks, for example.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2010, 09:28 AM   #5
Senior Member
InPursuit's Avatar
Solo Rvers Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: S. Texas
Posts: 272
Originally Posted by RV Wizard View Post
I have this with my Big Foot system and have never had a problem of the four independent pumps and jacks ever working. The coach is now 11+ years old.
If I could have this system installed without it costing an arm and a leg...
I'd go for it in a heartbeat.

Wiz: feel free to pm me if you have any thoughts on doing that.
Bryan. 2000 Georgie Boy Pursuit.

InPursuit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2010, 09:49 AM   #6
Senior Member
LVJ58's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 2,273
We have the Kwikee 2000 level best jacks on our 10 year old coach. They're hydraulic, no springs and so far (knock on wood) they've been trouble free with one exception in 2008 when the old style controller failed Kwikee replaced it (no charge) with new upgraded controller.

Jim & SherrySeward

2000 Residency 3790 v10 w/tags 5 Star tune & Banks system Suzuki XL7 toad
LVJ58 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Power Gear jack problem lp5151 Fleetwood Owner's Forum 787 06-13-2019 06:14 PM
HWH Hydraulic Jacks will not retract!!! crazycraig MH-General Discussions & Problems 14 02-10-2009 02:56 PM
Electric Leveling Jacks Dav5942 Newmar Owner's Forum 16 12-08-2008 06:33 PM
DOE Announces $30 Million for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Projects Hitchhiker Going Green 2 06-22-2008 02:24 PM
Burped Hydraulic Fluid from Jacks Y-Guy Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 5 07-22-2007 05:59 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:27 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.