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Old 12-02-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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How far down is enough when lowering the levellers

We have been out a few time now with our '04 vectra and I still have the question of how far do you lower the levellers to get level. We have the semi auto levellers (ie. they are hydraulic but I have to eyeball the diodes or the bubble level to ensure I am leveled out). My question is this, when I go JUST far enough to be level, there is still a fair amount of bounce when we walk around inside. Is this normal? I do dump the air before leveling out, I just want to know if I should be taking it up farther and getting more weight off the suspension.


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Old 12-02-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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If the coach is moving when you walk around, more jack is needed.

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:58 AM   #3
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It's not often I'm in a spot which takes minimal jack extension to level, but when that happens, I extend them a bit more to eliminate movement.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:51 AM   #4
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Hi John I dump all the air out before leveling. It gets the coach lower and gives me more length on my jacks.
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Hi John I dump all the air out before leveling. It gets the coach lower and gives me more length on my jacks.
I do as well, only then do I activate my leveling system, and I put them down far enough to make all the light diodes indicate level and I confirm that with 2 different bubble levels (fore and aft as well as side to side). But if I only put the down far enough to get level, there is still a fair amount of bounce when we walk around inside. Is that an indication that I have not put enough weight on the stands and left too much on the suspension?
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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Hi WannaFTit,
My jacks are extended in two steps.
1. extend enough to level the coach (good for me)
2. extend more to keep the wife from complaining
Really, this is how it works.
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Like Gary stated.

I use the "Auto Level" function and when it says I'm level I'll bump it to just give some more stability to it. Sometimes I'll forget and as I'm sitting there and DW walks to the back I can slightly feel the rock n roll. I'll get up, turn the key on and bump it using the built in LEDs for levelness, or my little level I keep.

Being level does not necessarily mean being stable.

Oh! and my LEDs can be calibrated with the push of a few buttons once the coach has been leveled so subsequent leveling using the LEDs is pretty close.

By all means, ask DW if she is happy with the leveling. She will probably go open the shower door, or the bathroom door, or put a frying pan on the stove with a little water in it and give you the real definition of being level.

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