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Old 11-29-2015, 08:42 PM   #15
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Thumbs down Bells, Whistles, and other Gimmicks.

The more Bells, Whistles, and other Gimmicks we insist on having in our lives the more complicated things will become. Ironically we pay extra money for all that luxury and then let it upset us, aggravate us, delay us, and drive us crazy trying to have it perfect.
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You can probably find a hydraulics shop that can readily fab up the hoses and get everything working quicker and for less money than an RV repair shop.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:00 PM   #17
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NAPA fabricated new hoses for me last year, I think the cost was less than $800 for 8 hoses and fittings.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:11 PM   #18
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The more Bells, Whistles, and other Gimmicks we insist on having in our lives the more complicated things will become. Ironically we pay extra money for all that luxury and then let it upset us, aggravate us, delay us, and drive us crazy trying to have it perfect.
Yeah I guess, but then even a tent pole could break !!
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:28 AM   #19
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I used my 2000 Southwind one year as my hunting cabin, for deer hunting.
It was pretty nasty weather, snowing/sleeting, windy & COLD. My jacks weren't retracting completely. I knew it was just ice not letting them come up all the way. The alarm was nuts. I got under the dash and felt around for the buzzer and just pulled it out of the socket. I noticed later down the road, the red light had gone out, so I put the buzzer back in. And all was well.
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NAPA fabricated new hoses for me last year, I think the cost was less than $800 for 8 hoses and fittings.
~gulp~ I saw the $800 then after the heart attack saw the " for 8 hoses w/fittings." I only need 2 hoses (whew).

I'm calling NAPA as soon as they open.
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:50 AM   #21
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If it were me, I would disable the switch , use heavy nylon ties to make sure the jacks couldn't drop and head to Florida. You can likely get what you need to make the repair where its warm. Worse case is that you would need to block wheels to level it. JMO
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Have you actually seen the leak? If you have two leaking hoses, there should be some hydraulic fluid running and dripping onto the ground. I know the mechanics at my regular shop, and they have earned my trust. Everyone else needs to show me the problem and tell me how they are going to repair it. My regular crew always asks me to come into the service bay for a show-and-tell so that I can understand what is going on with my coach.



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Yet another reason why I love my air leveling!
I would imagine the ground has to be pretty level for that. A fellow in a new American Tradition backed in beside me and tried to level with air. I was surprised at how limited the leveling was to the ground contour. He finally used his hydraulic jacks. Sounds great though.
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I would think leaking hoses would keep them from going down,not coming up.The springs pulls mine up.
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I'd be suspicious of this repair guy. The springs will raise the jacks if no fluid is in the system. The alarm will sound if the fluid is low it probably just needs a little ATF in the tank. If it starts up again real soon then a leak should be expected. This sounds like a scare and hose em tactic from the RV shop to over charge you for a simple repair.

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As Dick said you don't need fluid in Jacks for them to retract, the spring will do that. If you have lines leaking you would see oil on the ground where you had it parked last. Hard to believe two lines would fail at the same time.
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Yet another reason why I love my air leveling!
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I would imagine the ground has to be pretty level for that. A fellow in a new American Tradition backed in beside me and tried to level with air. I was surprised at how limited the leveling was to the ground contour. He finally used his hydraulic jacks. Sounds great though.
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There's about 8" of leveling from high to low. I had to build gravel pads for the front tires to get ours to level out. With the previous Dutch Star I could put blocks under the HWH rams and get it high enough.
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