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Old 04-01-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Front power leveling legs stuck

We just bought a Wildcat Fifth Wheel RVand it was delivered yesterday. ( Our first fifth wheel)
When they unhookded from the truck and where leaving, they said we needed to lower the front a little to level it.
We used the switch for the legs, and when it didnt lowered . saw that we should have removed the pins in the legs that hold it from slipping.
Now the pins are stuck and we cant remove them. We tried to gently use the power to move a tiny amount so they wouldnt be stuck but that doesn't work.
Does anyone have any suggestions for getting the pins out? The front cant be lowered with then in it.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
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You have to hook your truck to the king pin, then try to adjust the legs taking the weight and pressure off the landing gear.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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It sounds to me like they unloaded the trailer from the truck without having the legs extended far enough so that there would be enough room to lower the front of the trailer. If the legs are all of the way retracted and you can not retract them anymore to lower the front of the trailer then you will have to hook it up again to a truck and then extend the jacks with the pins pulled until there is only about 8 pin holes from the bottom of the legs, with the base of the legs on the ground. Insert the pins and raise the trailer and unhook from truck. Now you should be able to retract the legs enough to level the trailer. Do not pull the pins with the weight of the trailer on the legs. If you have never owned a 5th wheel get some help from someone who has. If you are trying to remove the leg extension pins with the weight of the trailer on the legs then you will be in a world of hurt if you succeed without the weight of the trailer being supported..
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:44 PM   #4
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Can you raise the front? ie, do the legs move at all?
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:41 AM   #5
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No, the landing gear has the pins stuck in it (that we should have moved before trying to lower) that prevent it from moving. Because we tried to lower the front to level it with the pins in it, the pins are stuck. It is a power landing gear. The pins fit tightly enough that the landing gear cannot move with them in it. We are getting the hitch put on the truck now, but since we cant move the landing gear legs, we wont be able to lower it onto the hitch. I have thought of forcing the pins out with a hammer, but dont want to damage the landing gear.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the help !
We just got back from the rv dealer who is going to install the hitch, once the hitch is installed, he is going to hook and unhook from a 5th wheeler for us so we can learn to do it right.
I found this step by step to hitching and unhitching..Is there anything else I should add to this list ??

Fifth Wheel Hitching

oRaise or lower the 5th wheel trailer to set the 5th wheel kingpin to proper hitch height .
oDrop truck tailgate ... if you don't have a special tailgate.*
oOpen locking bar on hitch.
oBack under trailer until hitch engages the fifth wheel kingpin.
oSecure hitch locking bar on the fifth wheel hitch.
oPut truck in forward gear (don't give it any fuel/acceleration)
and 'bump' the hitch to make sure it is locked.

oConnect umbilical cord and breakaway switch cable.
oCheck fifth wheel trailer lights and brakes.
oRaise pickup truck tailgate. *
oRaise 5th wheel trailer Landing gear.
oRemove wheel chocks from trailer wheels.
Fifth Wheel Unhitching

oPull into the site/storage, and situate the trailer where you want it.
oChock the wheels tightly so the trailer will not move.
oDrop the fifth wheel landing gear. (important!) Do this first so you won't forget!
oDisconnect the umbilical cord and breakaway switch cable.
oDrop the truck tailgate... if you don't have a special tailgate. *
oGently put your truck into reverse... don't give it any fuel/acceleration. This effectively moves the 5th wheel kingpin off the locking bar which will allow you to easily disengage it.
oShift in to neutral, step on brake and and apply parking brake.
oDisengage the kingpin locking bar on fifth wheel hitch.
oSlowly drive away. Making sure the kingpin is clear of anything in the truck bed and the umbilical cord and breakaway cable are not snagged.
oRaise truck tailgate. *
oAdjust 5th wheel height to proper front to back level.
*Disregard this step if you have a notched fifth wheel tailgate or you do not have a tailgate.
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Can you take a picture and post it here? I can't imagine any arrangement where a hammer will be the right idea. It sounds like something is jammed, but hammering the pins out is likely to make it worse. If possible, have your dealer show you how to do it with your trailer, not one on his lot. Or take him pictures of yours at least.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:53 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the help. We tried again and the legs do retract (with the pins in them) When you push the retract button, there is a very, very slow response and we thought it wasnt working, but it is. You just have to keep it on for a longer time and then it does work. I quit too soon- afraid I would damage it if it was stuck.
Again thanks for all the replys.
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Could your battery be low?
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