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Old 10-03-2016, 07:16 PM   #1
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I bought a new to us 2011 Itasca Meridian DP three weeks ago. One of the rear jacks takes forever (15 minutes) to completely retract. Suggestions?
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Common problem. Weak spring and/or cleaning the chrome cylinder with wd40 and a rag. I also carry a 1" square 6' long metal bar to use as a lever to assist when one becomes stubborn.
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vince has it right. if the springs are really rusty, either wire brush them, or remove them and soak in a pan full of coca cola. is the cylinder hard to push up? if it goes up when you push it by hand, its normally the springs. if its really hard to move, the cylinder needs to be rebuilt. call hwh, request a rga number for tracking, and send it in to be rebuilt. it takes about three weeks to get it done. they only charge for the parts used and labor. the very most you will be charged is the price of a remanufactured cylinder. in that case, they will normally send you a new jack, at the reman price. also thats the only price they will quote, since they dont know whats wrong with your cylinder. you get a one year parts and labor warranty.
there are also used cylinders available on the internet. i dont know if they have a warranty.
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We have the same coach as yours and have had the same jack problem once or twice. I was told by a Winnebago tec that we have the "new style springs" and that is good, so check that. I also lube the ram every time I retract unless we are traveling every day. I always stack blocking under each pad so the ram does not travel as far. When all else fails and the ram will not come up that last bit I stack blocking under the offending jack and dump the air bags. I would do this only if the ram is very close to being up (less than 1/2") and the blocking stack can almost be moved under the jack pad when the air bag is deflated. This keeps the full weight of the coach off the ram.
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Would a hydraulic jack damage it if I used one to get it fully retracted if it refuses to do so?
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Would a hydraulic jack damage it if I used one to get it fully retracted if it refuses to do so?
You shouldn't need a jack. It can usually be done with any kind of long lever like a 2 x 4. A floor jack would work too.
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Would a hydraulic jack damage it if I used one to get it fully retracted if it refuses to do so?
Don't need a hydraulic Jack. Just use a metal bar or length of wood as a lever. Something about 6' long. Run it under the jack footpad, and out through the wheel well. Bring the lever up and hold pressure to assist the jack to rise - may take a couple minutes as it will be slow. But it should come up.

Gotta have the system in retract mode...
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I found out why the previous owner had left a 8 foot 2 by 4 in bay. I put on new springs it is slow but does come up all the way now.
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when i had a slow rear jack, i would pull the lever to retract the rears and fully extend the front jacks, this would push the rear jack back into the cylinder. Once fully extended, i would then retract the front jacks and then the rear jacks will kick up.
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i am amazed by all the ingenious ways people have to get jacks retracted.
where there is a will, there's a way.
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