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Old 07-21-2012, 12:45 AM   #1
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How do you deal with unlevel RV spaces?

My previous coach I never had much of a problem. Was a three leveler system. One in the center front and two in the rear. And you could bump them either up or down.

New coach has four leveler system. The two in the front operate only in unison. The rear two can be individually controlled. However for all there is only down control. The only up is all up / retracting.

Hints and experiences please - thanks!

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Old 07-21-2012, 05:19 AM   #2
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I always carry a couple 2x4 and 2x6 short boards. When I figure which side needs the most lift I put the needed boards under the tires on that side then use the levelers. When the ground is very uneven I simply use the boards and leave the levelers just touching the ground for roc and roll stability.

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Old 07-21-2012, 06:02 AM   #3
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I have 4 jacks which take care of it most of the time. Have had a few sites which were so bad my front tire was lifted off the ground. In those situations, I try to position the RV a little better in the spot. If still a problem, I put it up on some 1" or 2" 12x12 blocks I carry. Then I make a note about the site in my notebook.

On a side note, I think the campground owners should take more in leveling their sites. I can understand a couple inches of slope, but 4" - 6" is a bit much.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:18 AM   #4
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Not familiar with your system, but it sounds like it might make me crazy enough to be looking for a different control. People with the same one might be able to provide more help if you would share more info about what system you have?
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:18 AM   #5
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I took my motorhome for a factory install. They taught me to always level the low side or end first. Then let the rest of the jacks down until they just touch the ground.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:43 AM   #6
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You probably have the Power Gear system, where the two front jacks are coupled to one valve, allowing it to equalize side-to-side when the rear jacks are adjusted. This prevents chassis twist while still providing support at both front corners.

You adjust this type very much like a three jack system. First get them all down to the ground. Then raise the front enough to get some substantial weight on the front jacks. If the front is low, bring it up to near the height you want. If the front is not, still put enough pressure on the front jacks so that the jacks are carrying at least part of the weight. Then begin adjusting the rear jacks. The front can and will shift a bit to compensate as the right or left rear jacks go down. That is normal. Raise the rear as needed and use them to control the tilt left or right until you get level, Then fine tune the front height.

These jacks are spring retracted, so they all go up together when the "retract' button is pushed. But you can hit retract and then quickly turn the system off to stop them. Or use the down buttons to stop movement on each jack (varies by controller type). You don't have to let them retract all the way and start completely over again. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy enough.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #7
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I used to carry 2X6s but after the 3 place in a row that was so unlevel we jump to 4X6 3ft long. This was the worst, all weight was left on the tires. Jacks were only for stabilization.

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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As Gary stated except that I do not have springs. My Kwikee system has two hydraulic lines to each jack. One for raising and one for the return of hydraulic fluid when retracting.

In the "Auto" mode the air bags are deflated and 20 seconds later the back and front driver side jacks deploy. They will raise the driver side an inch or two and then the passenger side tries to catch up. They automatically "bump" to achieve level. All of my jacks work in pairs, each side pair, or each front pair, or each rear pair. Most likely in pairs to keep the frame from twisting.

Sometimes when a significant difference in level state I have to use the manual mode. In that case I let the system work, but as soon as the first set of jacks touch the ground I turn the system off, then I turn it back on and use the "Bi-Level" manual mode and control each pair of jacks.

I also carry six 2x8x16" boards with 5/8" plywood attached to the surface of each board. Each board has a 45 degree angle on one end for easy ride-up. I have never had to use all six at one time as typically only one side needs that type of leveling. I also carry two bags of "Linx" leveling blocks but they have the hexagonal design and are only used as bottom strata to get up on the flat boards. I can also use the boards and Linx under the jacks. However, my specific system states to not use blocks more that 3" under the jacks as when retracting there may not be enough clearance for the jacks to go all the way up.

As stated, you can start the retract-all and immediately stop it and then re-level as needed.

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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You have the same system I have.. Raise the front first.

Then bring the rear jacks down and level side to side

If needed raise the front a bit more, those jacks will self adjust side to side.

That simple.

Wish mine worked right. (Actually they might, Won't know till WED when I give them the real test)
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:11 AM   #10
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We always carry 2x10 pieces of wood for levelling
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blocks of scrap wood....your new best friend
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:47 AM   #12
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I carry a small shovel with me. Sometimes I have to dig a small hole on the right or left side, where the rear dual tires would be, in case the site is unlevel. The hole is usually no more than four to six inches deep. Then I lower my jacks.
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John that block setup you have is scary did you have wheel chocks on front wheels, if it all slipped could do damage to under side.
Movement in coach could rock jacks off wood stands.
I have always been told never lift rear wheels off ground could bend front jack pistons.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:10 AM   #14
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The big reason for keeping rear wheels on ground is maintain emergency brake effectiveness. If those wheels are off the ground there is nothing to stop the MH from rolling other than chocks.

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