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Old 12-12-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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rocks when level

I've tried jacks down just a little so tires and supention help in support and jacks down so were the tires are barley on the ground and both ways the coach rocks when someone steps in or walks around. I think buying a diesel with airbags is a fix...$$$$$$.....coach is 36', gas, coil springs
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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You may be right....but that's an EXPENSIVE fix!!
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If your looking for no movement what-so-ever, even the DP's will move some, depending on the weight of the person entering/moving. I'm 280lbs and my wife can feel it every time I get onto the steps.
With the air bags deflated, and more weight on the bigger levelers, a DP is more stable, but they still move and rock in the wind.
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We owned a 32 foot gasser and had the same complaint. We have moved up to a DP and can completely tell the difference but as Skip426 said all movement is not gone but it is a major difference.
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If the coach is a-rockin' don't come a-knockin'...

My 36' gasser seems to be pretty stable with the hydraulic levelers down, but I can still detect when people are moving around in it.
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Step One of deploying the jacks on a DP is dump the air - so that "deflates" your theory.
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Rocks when level

Anythings going to move a little. What you do not want to do is to place supports under your slide-outs! You can do them damage.
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I have the same complaint w. my 38' gasser.....If sitting my my euro-recliner, I can even feel when the bigger of the two cats jumps off the bed!! (I do not mention that I also feel the DW's every footstep....)

Agree with the above statement. Do not put anything under the slides to mitigate the problem. Can only cause more problems.

But what I have found that works for ours, is a bit of blocking wedged on a diagnal, from a laid-flat ground block to the underside of the trailer hitch. Sturdy enough to dampen some of the tail movement but not so much if I forget to remove it before pulling in the levelers. (from experience there)
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Step One of deploying the jacks on a DP is dump the air - so that "deflates" your theory.
Some DPs have leveling jacks and leveling air systems. I have jacks only, so I do as you noted...dump the air, extend the jacks.
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I've tried jacks down just a little so tires and supention help in support and jacks down so were the tires are barley on the ground and both ways the coach rocks when someone steps in or walks around. I think buying a diesel with airbags is a fix...$$$$$$.....coach is 36', gas, coil springs
I kinda like the rocking, reminds me of being in a boat.
Of course if it rocks too much you might get seasick
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The only coaches I have been in that do not rock are the bus conversions. Everything else has some rock & roll.
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When I saw rocks in the title of this thread, I thought of Tacy (Lucille Ball) in The Long, Long Trailer.
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The larger/heavier the coach, the less sensitive it is to people moving around. Simply physics - a small shift in weight on a very heavy object has almost no effect.

So go buy that 35,000-40,000 lb DP and the rocking will be dramatically less.
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While not a complete fix, supporting the steps while parked will mitigate a lot of the movement when someone goes in or out. There are rather inexpensive adjustable supports available commercially or you could use leveling blocks or some other method. Eliminating the step movement really cuts down on the rocking as someone comes in and out. Taking the flex out of the steps also has a side benefit. The more rigid steps are much easier on old knees than ones that flex down each step.

One caution. If you go this way, make sure the steps do not retract when you open the door. Don't ask how I know this.
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