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Old 01-23-2016, 06:24 PM   #15
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If my front wheels come off the ground with auto level I switch to manual and get as close as
I can to level without the tires leaving the ground. I'd rather be slightly off
and have all the tires touching the ground.

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Old 01-23-2016, 09:33 PM   #16
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Front tires off the ground is ok, but not the rear tires. IMHO. That said if I were long term in place I would put something under the front tired

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If you have air bags, and lift the wheels, there are only two things that will be supporting the weight of the tire and suspension. That would be the shocks and air bags. One of them will be taking most of the weight.

I think "most" shock manufacturers will not want their shocks treated like this.
There have been some pictures posted of a shock pulled apart because of this.

Better to support the tire.


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Old 01-24-2016, 01:54 PM   #18
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You could also have that problem on asphalt, I park my unit at home on wooden pads that are 12" X 12" and it still sinks a quarter of an inch into the asphalt. Wheels rest on 24 X 36 wooden pads.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:28 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Ggrvusa View Post
If my front wheels come off the ground with auto level I switch to manual and get as close as
I can to level without the tires leaving the ground. I'd rather be slightly off
and have all the tires touching the ground.

There is no difference between having the tires off the ground or having them on the ground...with only 5-10 pounds of weight on them. Leveling the way you have described, you could easily be in that situation.

Level the coach, and if the wheels are off the ground, so be it. It's no big deal. That's what the jacks are for.
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Originally Posted by alpha99 View Post

The OP said his front tires were "off the ground about an inch" - now I'd hardly call that "hanging your front end out in space"


No LOL at all, alpha! If the fronts are off the ground the entire weight of the assembly is hanging on the airbags and the extended shocks. These components will care very little whether there is an inch or a thousand feet of open space beneath them.

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