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Old 08-08-2010, 11:56 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 08-09-2010, 12:53 AM   #2
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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