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Old 04-16-2016, 09:23 PM   #1
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Leveling Jack Maintance

My Newmar Class A is back on the road after hibernating for the winter. In getting things ready to go, is there any regular maintenance that should be done to the leveling jacks?
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:31 PM   #2
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I don't do much to my levelers. Check hydraulic fluid is about it for some folks. I cycle mine a couple times is all.
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Lower the jacks, then spray the rams with WD-40, then wipe them down really good. Any left will be like a dirt magnet. I've even used a Q-tip to get up inside at the top, and got accumulated gunk out. WD-40 also has a dry lube I've used and it seems to do the job.
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If they are Power Gear stabilizers, the manufacture recommends only silicone and Lithium grease be used. From Power Gear:

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1. Check and/or fill the reservoir with the jacks and room(s) in the fully retracted position, each month. The fluid should be onto the dipstick (on models so equipped) or to the bottom of the fill port on models without dipsticks.
2. Inspect and clean all hydraulic pump electrical connections every 12 months.
3. Remove dirt and road debris from jacks as needed.
4. If jacks are down for extended periods, it is recommended to spray exposed leveling jack chrome rods with a silicone lubricant every 5 to 7 days for protection.
5. In extreme conditions (within 60 miles of coastal areas), it is recommended to spray the rods every 2 to 3 days with a silicone lubricant.
6. To maintain proper seal lubrication, grease the fitting on the bottom of each jack cylinder with Lithium grease every 20-30 uses.
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Power Gear recommends to change the fluid every 24 months. Depending on how much you use the jack and climate you live in that may be over kill. Here is the operating manual.
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I was told by an RV tech that specifically for my jacks (which are common) extend jacks fully and spray with silicon and retract.


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I was told by an RV tech that specifically for my jacks (which are common) extend jacks fully and spray with silicon and retract.


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That's what I do with mine. Had one leak a little fluid once, work the nozzle straw under the lip seal and kept spraying until no more junk came out. Raised jacks all the way cleaned shafts, sprayed with silicone lowered and raised fully several times spraying each time they were fully extended. Never has leaked again been 3 years.
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For long term storage, your jacks should have been out...that's what they are for. In the spring, clean them with WD 40, wipe it off and spray them with silicone or a dry lube.
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HWH tech support recently told me in an email that other than checking the fluid level the best maintenance is to simply use the jacks often. Like all things mechanical, lack of use is the biggest enemy.
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I'm a new class A owner, so I'm not exactly experienced. However, I own a gun shop and I'm a gunsmith. After reading the maintenance instructions for my leveling system, I have decided that I am going to use a product called "Rem Oil" on my hydraulic leveling Pistons. Why, you ask? Because I use it on guns, and it works extremely well as a lubricant and protective coating. Rem Oil leaves a micro film of Teflon, displaces moisture, and will not gum up or varnish over time like WD-40. It also comes in a spray can or wipes, and it's cheap!
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I'm a new class A owner, so I'm not exactly experienced. However, I own a gun shop and I'm a gunsmith. After reading the maintenance instructions for my leveling system, I have decided that I am going to use a product called "Rem Oil" on my hydraulic leveling Pistons. Why, you ask? Because I use it on guns, and it works extremely well as a lubricant and protective coating. Rem Oil leaves a micro film of Teflon, displaces moisture, and will not gum up or varnish over time like WD-40. It also comes in a spray can or wipes, and it's cheap!
I had an issue with one of my RVA jacks not retracting and called the company in California for help. The tech said to extend the jacks, clean the ram with a degreaser and spray with a Teflon spray.
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I had an issue with one of my RVA jacks not retracting and called the company in California for help. The tech said to extend the jacks, clean the ram with a degreaser and spray with a Teflon spray.
Well looky there! I may have made my first valuable contribution to the forums!
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Lower the jacks, then spray the rams with WD-40, then wipe them down really good. Any left will be like a dirt magnet. I've even used a Q-tip to get up inside at the top, and got accumulated gunk out. WD-40 also has a dry lube I've used and it seems to do the job.
I have started using this: Strike Hold as it is supposed to repel dirt/dust (reportedly developed to clean and lubricate guns/weapons). It's also dielectric, will clean and water proof electrical connections.
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