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Old 08-11-2010, 06:48 PM   #15
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When I level our coach I only use the jacks enough so that the tires are not supporting the full weight. When the jacks are hyper-extended there is always a chance that something could make the coach shift and damage the jacks or more. I also carry a small collapsible 2 step for my co-pilot if the steps wind up farther from the ground than she likes. I'm just not comfortable having the coach wheels off the ground.
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I prefer to put my plastic lego blocks under the wheels to do significant leveling;then use the jacks for 'trim' and stability.

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Old 08-11-2010, 10:23 PM   #17
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If I am in a spot that is that off level to start with, I move. Why stay in Billy Goat Acres if I don't have to !!
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I have wooden blocks to go under the jacks, ALWAYS use them with the jacks on grass. I have eyelet hooks in each one and can use the rod that pulls the awning down to retrieve them. I like the idea of the string as a visual reminder tho.
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:01 AM   #19
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I'm new to levelling also. My rig is supposed to have "Auto Level", activated by a single "All extend" switch on the control panel. After about 10 uses, I've concluded that there's nothing "automatic" about it. At least 8 of those "auto" exercises finsihed up with the front jacks fully extended and the rig considerably out of level. I was concerned that the rear wheels would come off the ground and we'd lose our parking brake.

I've installed fore/aft and side-to-side bubbles, having first got the base of the fridge level. When leveling, I now look how it is to start with. Then, I extend the rear jacks to where they just lift the weight at the back and give me a nose-down longitudinal position Next, I extend the front jacks to level up in the "X"-axis and them trim side-to-side with the left and right controls.

With this procedure, I don't end up with a precipitous drop from the bottom entry step, or risk either the front or back wheels being off the floor.

I feel a bit dumb, as a newbie, explaining this to all you experienced guys, but it works for me.
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If you find you are constantly are having a nose high position after leveling, maybe the leveling device the leveling system uses is out of adjustment???
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The 2-height platform step shown below is one of the best things we have ever bought. Some are too weak, to light, etc.. This one is just right

2-Height Platform Step - Item - Camping World

It is heavy duty, very stable, durable, etc. It provides the perfect amount of step below the MH steps.
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...My rig is supposed to have "Auto Level", activated by a single "All extend" switch on the control panel.
Do you have another button on the panel just labelled "AUTO"? Our coach has Atwood Levelegs & for the jacks to automatically level the coach, I have to press the AUTO button instead of the EXTEND ALL button. It does pretty well 95% of the time. The rest of the time...well, that's why we carry several cut down 2x12's.

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I see no problem. My freightliner requires the front wheels of the ground and no weight on the axle to properly grease the front axle.
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I see no problem. My freightliner requires the front wheels of the ground and no weight on the axle to properly grease the front axle.
Does your chassis manual tell you to use your leveling jacks to put the coach in this position?
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Does your chassis manual tell you to use your leveling jacks to put the coach in this position?
No but it is common knowledge to take the weight off king pins to grease properly. I do not know why every one thinks theses chaises are so delicate.They are trucks heavy duty trucks....
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