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Old 06-24-2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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Replacing Leveling System - Options? Bigfoot?

Folks: I hate to start a new thread, but I am looking for advice on a new leveling system for my 2007 Itasca. The Kwikee Level Best is SHOT (see my other thread) and it would likely cost $10k to fix since the parts are old and it needs a pump, hoses, and all 4 legs! Since the controllers are also known to fail, I think it is best that I rip it out and start from scratch.

I am looking at the Bigfoot system now and could likely stop by their shop on my way home from Pennsylvania to Tucson. Any opinions? I am also interested in alternatives....

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geez... I had a leaking leg on one of my jacks and I took it off and a hydraulic shop cleaned it up and rebuilt the seals for around $200... and I'm sure they could do the pump as well if it needed to be done....

I don't have a clue how much a new system is...
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You might call HWH and get a price. They are on I-80 in east Iowa. They have always treated us very good.
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I did a driveway install of a Quadra Big Foot system four years ago. Easy project and not one problem with anything. I opted for the budget system which uses a single pump rather than the pump per cylinder version and manual leveling. System operation is pretty simple to get the coach level manually. Jacks only operate in pairs, front, back, left or right which will keep you out of trouble with potential frame twisting. Found I can level faster manually than my camping buddies can using the auto feature and I don't need to stop all activity in the coach when doing so.



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Pump/tank unit. The switch on the tank is an 'All Up' override if the control panel is having problems. Turns the pump on and opens the required valves for a retract.
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Love my Bigfoot system. I have the seperate pump per cylinder system and can pick the coach off the ground-umphh
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As Sweetbriar did, I also opted for the budget manual system with the single pump. I chose the tethered box keypad rather then a "fixed" pad.
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We have the separate pump Big Foot system on our 40' Travel Supreme trailer. We have lifted the entire trailer off the ground for tire changes.

Our Bounder has a Power Gear system and we prefer the Big Foot. For one thing the Big Foot uses power retract instead of relying on springs.

The individual pump system costs a little more but you are running wiring to the jack points, not hydraulic hoses.

The service at Quadra is superior. You can call in with a problem on the weekend and get a return call in less than 15 minutes, and the person calling is one of the support supervisors.

When our original system controller was installed, it was on an umbilical cord. Very handy for lining the trailer up for connection. When we upgraded the controller, the new system has a remote fob for raising and lower the trailer for hookup.
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Love the power retract feature of the Bigfoot vs. the luck involved in getting the HWH to retract on older systems. After owning both, not much guessing which way I would go with if I had to do a total replacement.
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I had a bigfoot automatic system installed at the factory many years ago. They did a nice job and the unit worked very well. I especially liked the big pads.
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Thanks everyone, much appreciated. My current Kwikee system is entirely full of some kind of particles (grit), no idea where it is from, but I am exhausted of dealing with it. I will call Quadra (Bigfoot) Monday AM to see what they can do. Thanks again!
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The guys at Bigfoot are great people to deal with Doc! 👍


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Bigfoot is the way to go! Had it on our previous 5er, now have Lippert on our class A and I am not happy with it.
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FWIW: I tried to work with Lippert and was VERY disappointing. They were not friendly (at all) and not helpful (at all). The cited very high prices for parts for my older system with single line sentences. They acted very much like they did not want to bother with me. I would NOT patronize Lippert, period....
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UPDATE: Well, I made the plunge. Drove my rig to Michigan and they installed it in one day. I got the automatic leveling system with 4-jacks and the keypad mounted almost in the same location as the Kwikee they removed. Was nearly $5k after taxes and install. I hope it was worth the investment. Sure beats trying to manually level to get my pop-outs out. I am on night 3, happy so far. Two more nights before we get home.

Thanks for the advice, the folks at Quadra were really great to work with!
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