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Old 09-18-2016, 03:29 AM   #1
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Auto-leveling problem solved

I thought I would share the resolution to a problem I encountered this summer while camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway w/o hookups.

We parked our FW on a site that sloped moderately toward the front of our rig, unhitched and leveled. When we attempted to re-hitch several days later, the auto-level refused to allow the front landing legs to retract enough for the pin to reach the hitch! After briefly considering driving the truck up onto logs (Yikes! the only material available) to elevate the rear-end, we reset the Lippert 6-point auto-level. Telling the system that it was level, in its current nose-down position, allowed us to further retract the landing gear to get hitched. We reset the system to true level at our next stop.
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Thanks for sharing. Just curious...Did you try to use manual mode before resetting?
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Yes. Tried manual. But it didn't work.
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Thanks for sharing and clarifying. Glad that fix worked then.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:54 PM   #5
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I had a similar issue after our last trip out.
Unhooked in my driveway and camper was about 3 degrees nose down. Hit auto level and it did it's thing, until the right front jack ran out of stroke. Had to lower the camper, hook back up and get on a little more level ground.
I retracted the rear jacks and started lowering the front.got almost all the way down and the right front quit moving, display said front jacks fully retracted. The left front was fully retracted, but there was still weight on the right front. Had to manually lower the left front until it was bearing weight and then retract the front jacks again, This time they both fully retracted.

I'm still learning this auto level system.....
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:01 AM   #6
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I had a similar issue after our last trip out.
Unhooked in my driveway and camper was about 3 degrees nose down. Hit auto level and it did it's thing, until the right front jack ran out of stroke. Had to lower the camper, hook back up and get on a little more level ground.
I retracted the rear jacks and started lowering the front.got almost all the way down and the right front quit moving, display said front jacks fully retracted. The left front was fully retracted, but there was still weight on the right front. Had to manually lower the left front until it was bearing weight and then retract the front jacks again, This time they both fully retracted.

I'm still learning this auto level system.....
One thing that will confuse some electric systems is how much travel you allow before the foot pad hits the ground. Some people get in the habit of pulling the pin and dropping the foot all the way to the ground and then starting the system, and that won't allow it to "find" the ground. Allow at the very least two inches of travel between the pad and the ground, or you'll probably confuse the system

Side note: Hydraulics systems such as our Auto Level system don't have these issues
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:13 AM   #7
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One thing that will confuse some electric systems is how much travel you allow before the foot pad hits the ground. Some people get in the habit of pulling the pin and dropping the foot all the way to the ground and then starting the system, and that won't allow it to "find" the ground. Allow at the very least two inches of travel between the pad and the ground, or you'll probably confuse the system

Side note: Hydraulics systems such as our Auto Level system don't have these issues
Good information, thank you.
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