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Old 02-26-2014, 07:53 AM   #1
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Rear leveler jacks on Ford F53 chassis

I would like to install leveler jacks on my 2011 Four Winds Hurricane 31D MH. The Ford F53 chassis comes with pre-drilled holes in the frame for the jack installation however Ford put a Fuel Tank hanger right in the middle of the rear set of holes (both sides). I called Equalizer Jacks yesterday and the salesman seemed to not know anything about this. He talked to a install tech and the tech said that they weld a bracket on the frame for the rear jacks. I have several reservations about this answer. First, welding a bracket next to the fuel tank seems risky unless they remove the tank. Secondly, I see HWH jacks has a spacer to go around the tank hanger (part P34599 spacer and AP35038 hardware kit). The problem is, I can't find this part anywhere. Has anyone addressed this issue? I can't be the only one who has run into this problem, it's a Ford chassis problem... Not coach specific. Does anyone have a picture of their rear jack mounting spot?

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Old 02-26-2014, 09:40 AM   #3
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if you have the hwh part numbers, why not buy them direct from hwh? these are not a common parts, and would be hard to find anywhere else. the predrilled holes should fit the hwh brackets. almost all hwh kits are designed to use the existing predrilled holes.the hwh kit will have been designed to fit your specific coach.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:58 PM   #4
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Yes, I've looked/searched the HWH website as well as inquiring online with their support but have got no response. It may be discontinued.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:40 AM   #5
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Jacks installed

I got the Jack Kit from Equalizer two weeks ago and contacted a local welding shop. The owner said to prep the brackets by grinding the paint off the edges where the weld would be and grinding a bevel along that edge as well. In addition, he said to grind the paint off the frame area where the jacks where to be installed and clamp the brackets in place. The welder suggested going down to Harbor Freight and to buy a hand grinder if I didn't already have one. He said I could buy one there for $12.00. I thought that sounded way too cheap but to my surprise, I found one with a grinding wheel for under $20.00! It lasted long enough to finish the job (and is actually still working). I also bought the C Clamps at Harbor Freight. Doing this prep work saved me a ton of money at the welding shop. All the welder had to do was lay 8 vertical beads on the brackets and they were done. Total welding cost was $300.00. I had a friend that said he could do it for free but it would have cost $135.00 in gas and delayed the project by two weeks. Me, being the impatient type, went for the quicker, more costly solution.

Next (after driving the MH home), I bolted the jacks to the brackets, ran the hydraulic lines, mounted the leveling "Brain" under the floor, ran the electrical harnesses, wired the pump to the battery and mounted the control panel near the driver seat (actually it is still laying on the floor beside the driver seat). I found a large rubber grommet near the steering column that was easy to pull down from below and modify to run my new wiring harness up to the driver's control panel. It isn't rocket science, just a lot of labor.

The Equalizer jacks are quality constructed and work great. My only beef was that the instructions could use a little editing to make them clearer.
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