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Old 10-24-2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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Cool hydraulic levelers

has any one ever installed hyd units to replace the manual ones and used the hyd pump for the slides to power them just an idea I am kicking around maybe get rams from harbor freight or some place else want to save money I know there are systems out there for 4 thousand and up I cant believe that with a little research you could do it with off the shelf parts and come out cheaper
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My 5th wheel came that way from the factory, the hydraulic pump that runs the slides also supplies the front jacks and rear stabilizers with hydraulic pressure. It's a Lippert system.
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Do a Google search for hydraulic jacks for fifth wheel trailers. I've been researching them and you should be able to find something. On the other hand - I've also looked at front jacks that operate individually with individual electric motors and I've about decided, in my case, that may be the way to go. They will provide a greatly increased lift weight (than current single motor) with less expense (than hydraulics) and much less problems in installing.
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Word of caution about using individual jacks. Unless operated together you run the risk of twisting the frame. The Lippert system is designed to provide equal pressure when leveling (front to back/side to side) to prevent any twisting of the frame.
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