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Old 06-30-2016, 05:25 PM   #1
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Newbie here with a leveling question for a class A

Hey everyone, set up camp in my 36 ft class A and I put my blocks under the level jacks and stacked extra where I needed it. However! My front right tire is off the ground. Is that ok? Or will that do damage to the hydraulics?
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:26 PM   #2
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Might want to add it's a 2016 Coachman Mirada and the leveling is automatic
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:25 PM   #3
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My system is manual but I have watched others with an auto system and in some sites, the wheels are off the ground by the time the coach is level. Personally, as long as the rear wheels are on Tera Firma, should not be a problem for an overnite stay.
However, you might try going into manual mode and see if it works better. Put the pads down, run the jacks down on each side just until each pad (front and rear) contact the ground, then do the same with the opposite side. Check your level on a kitchen counter and correct as necessary. Level side to side first, then do front to back. See if it makes a difference.
BTW, I use a little Torpedo Level, or Plumbers Level.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:41 PM   #4
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Great! Thanks for the advice and information!
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:42 PM   #5
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I never lift the wheels off the ground. If the right front was low I would pull up on blocks and then put the same amount of blocks under that jack. I try to limit how far the jacks extend.

When one side of the rear is low I do the same thing except I put blocks under both wheels on that side.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:49 PM   #6
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Hey Tony4qts, I expect you're going to get a bunch of answers saying both that it is ok and others that they don't find it acceptable to have the front wheels lifted off the ground. Furthermore, people have apparently gotten contradicting guidance from manufacturers and lift providers. Good luck!
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Old 06-30-2016, 07:37 PM   #7
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What brand is your levelers? I have had both HWH and Power Gear, both said not to raise wheels off ground. So I don't. I see people that do park with wheels lifted off ground, but I don't do it. I agree with Dobook. My MH is a pain to level in auto mode as it will often do what you describe, even on fairly level ground. I most times use the manual mode, it is easier to me. You may need to re-calibrate the levelers. Depending on who made them, there is a method to do that. With my MH, when I turn on the levelers and it shows I am level, if I then use the auto mode to just get the levelors all on the ground, it will do what you described. If that happens, I then put blocks under the tires that were raised off ground and do it again and it levels. I also use blocks under levelers so they don't have to extend so far. But based on my experience and what manufactorers say do, I don't leave wheels raised off ground.
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The number one rule is "rear wheels never leave the ground". Those are your brakes.
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The number one rule is "rear wheels never leave the ground". Those are your brakes.

Exactly
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I would just be concerned with keeping the rear end on the ground. When in the shop I would lift the whole machine off the ground to work on tires and brakes but that was on a concrete slab. You have to watch how stable the ground is if you raising to much.
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Great advice all! Thanks 😁👍
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Fronts off the ground ok.
Rears off the ground not ok.
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