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Old 09-24-2016, 08:35 AM   #1
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I Feel Everything....... Movement That Is


Was finally able to take our new to us GS out camping (outside of sleeping in the driveway) and realized that although level I can feel every movement my sons make in the front of the RV when in the back trying to sleep.

My question, and you can guess where this is going, is how to I stabalize the RV so I can actually sleep without feeling like I am on a cruise ship.

What I am using to level:
1. Bigfoot 4 point leveling system
2. Jack pads I picked up at local RV retailer

I will be getting something else besides the plastic jack pads I have now. Not happy with them that is for sure.

I have searched for something similar to what I am dealing with but I am either not searching for the right words or I am the only one that has hyper nerves and oversized kids that move to much

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Old 09-24-2016, 09:00 AM   #2
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Our MH has air bag leveling, no hydraulic jacks, so I'm not the one to give you good answers on this.

Maybe you could use the jacks to manually raise the RV until the weight is on the jacks and mostly off the wheels, THEN do the auto leveling. Since I'm not familiar with your system I don't know if this is possible or not.

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Old 09-24-2016, 09:05 AM   #3
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You need to remember that even with leveling jacks down, most of the weight is still supported by the suspension and tires. Unless you raise the coach to where all tires are off the ground, you're gonna have movement.

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Old 09-24-2016, 01:43 PM   #4
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I Feel Everything....... Movement That Is

rjc...... first, the plastic jack pads are inadequate on larger coaches. They flex too much under the weight. In soft ground, I've actually had them fold up around the jack and press right into the ground.

You need something 2-1/2 to 3 inches thick and about 12" X 16" -- about four times the footprint of the Jack foot itself. I made a set with two-by lumber sandwiched between 3/4" plywood.

If you extend your jacks until they've just contacted the ground, the preponderance of the weight will still be on the tires, and you'll feel some sway. You don't need to lift the coach off the ground, but you do need to get about 3000 Lbs on each Jack so they will truly stabilize. It may be that the auto-level function (if you're using that) is not putting enough down force in place. You may want to try manual.

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No matter what make sure you rear wheels are on the ground, that is where your brakes are and the only thing hold the MH from rolling. There will always be some movement since you have a suspension system, it will never be totally solid like a house.
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You don't need to lift the coach off the ground, but you do need to get about 3000 Lbs on each Jack so they will truly stabilize. It may be that the auto-level function (if you're using that) is not putting enough down force in place. You may want to try manual.
This is correct. Put more weight on each jack. We never lifted our tires off the ground.

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