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Old 05-27-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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Filling hydraulic reservoir.

I want to check the fluid for our jacks. I found the reservoir but I'm not sure where to fill it from. There are tw caps on the top one on the left and one on the right. They seem to be very loose and more like a plug or vent? I don't want to pry on them and find out that's not the right way to do it.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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Is this a Winnebago? I think Power Level is a brand name that Power Gear made for Winnebago use. If so, this manual may be helpful. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a picture showing the filler cap, but it does have the fill procedure.

http://support.powergearus.com/drawings/3010001202.pdf
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:32 AM   #3
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I recently rebuilt my power gear levelers on my Bounder. Although not a Winne I think they should be the same. The two [I believe fill plugs] you mentioned should be threaded one inch wrench should fit as I remember. Loosing either, fill to a level where you can feel your fluid with your finger. When checking or filling reservoir have levelers in the up position, not in the down position. You will be adding too much if they are down and you will have a mess on your hands. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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I recently rebuilt my power gear levelers on my Bounder. Although not a Winne I think they should be the same. The two [I believe fill plugs] you mentioned should be threaded one inch wrench should fit as I remember. Loosing either, fill to a level where you can feel your fluid with your finger. When checking or filling reservoir have levelers in the up position, not in the down position. You will be adding too much if they are down and you will have a mess on your hands. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Thank you. The two "plugs" on to dont seem to be threaded. Unless something is broke they seem very loose and wobbly... Has anyone actually filled a unit that looks like this one?

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Your photo appears to be showing the front side and if so wouldn't the filler be on the top out of sight?
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Make sure the jacks are up when you fill the tank. Had an incident with a farm tractor and a large hydraulic cylinder that was extended when I filled the reservoir. Not real pretty
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After you find the fill plugs, your next thought will be "How do I get the fluid in?"
Do as I did, go get your DW's turkey baster, the thingy with the rubber ball on the end---Works great !!!!!
Just don't let your DW catch you.
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I found it. You fill through the sensor hole on the side. That's the good news. The bad news is that the reservoir is full. So now I need to find out what else could cause all of the beeping and flashing.
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I found it. You fill through the sensor hole on the side. That's the good news. The bad news is that the reservoir is full. So now I need to find out what else could cause all of the beeping and flashing.
I have never seen an RV leveling system that had "beeping and flashing" alarms for a low fluid level in the reservoir. The alarm is indicating that the jack(s) are down. If one jack is even slightly down, or a sensor out of adjustment, the alarms will sound.

When you retract the jacks, you should always allow them to retract and the timer to turn off the jacks power.
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I have never seen an RV leveling system that had "beeping and flashing" alarms for a low fluid level in the reservoir. The alarm is indicating that the jack(s) are down. If one jack is even slightly down, or a sensor out of adjustment, the alarms will sound.

When you retract the jacks, you should always allow them to retract and the timer to turn off the jacks power.


I let them fully retract. The power is off and the jacks down light is off. They only flash and beep when the coach leans in a corner when I'm driving. Any thoughts?
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The two red wires in the picture are the sensor wires for the jacks. Your jacks DO use fluid level to show jacks down. If the jacks are down, the fluid is low in the tank and the fluid level sensor sounds the alarm. The reason the jacks sound when turning is the fluid goes to one side of the tank and the sensor sounds. Fill the tank a little higher and make sure you position the float straight down. Not at an angle.
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I found it. You fill through the sensor hole on the side. That's the good news. The bad news is that the reservoir is full. So now I need to find out what else could cause all of the beeping and flashing.
Your previous comment was correct, there are no threads on the top caps, push fit with grommets. I lost one grommet when I pushed in too hard, I now use a rubber plug and check the level with a finger. If you use the side fitting, level indicator, it will never get to the full level.

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I have probably the exact same unit on my 2005 Fleetwood Providence. Power Gear provides two fill ports to make filling easier. Retracting the jacks all the way up is important, as already stated. Otherwise, the mess could be ugly. Once up, open the drain bolt on the bottom of the unit after removing at least one cap. The cap seems to be a vent as well. It will take just about six quarts of Dexron III or higher type. I just used Dexron VI and it has never worked better. IMHO, a funnel with a tube spout will make replacing the six quarts much easier. The cannister tank should be filled to within a quarter inch of the top. The caps have a center spindle as a dipstick. The caps can be pulled up and out without worry. Good luck!
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Gatraveler is exactly right.
I had a Powergear unit on a 2006 National Seabreeze. I can tell you for certain that if the fluid is just a 1/4 inch low it WILL beep and flash, especially on turns!
As soon as I added fluid, the beeping stopped. I'll bet the reservoir isn't completely full.

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