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Old 09-14-2016, 10:10 AM   #1
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Is auto leveling feature important?

We have been looking at 5th wheelers for quite awhile now and finally found one we really like, but it does not have auto leveling. All it has are the electric stabilizers from and rear.

I have always had motorhomes with the hydraulic jacks and loved them. This is my first 5th wheeler and I was wondering, that if we are mainly staying in campgrounds and RV parks, are the auto leveling that big of a deal? I am concerned that the stabilizers on this one both go down at the same time. I see there is an adjustment so you can make them the same, but I was hoping to not have to use blocks on wheels. Do the self leveling one raise the 5th wheeler much? Or will I still have to use blocks if it is off level more than a little.. I would really appreciate any feedback anyone has. Thanks!!

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Old 09-14-2016, 10:17 AM   #2
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I have had a couple of 5th wheels without auto leveling... now have a MH with auto leveling. We thought about another 5th wheel... if we would have bought another 5th wheel, auto leveling was a "must have" for me.
Without the auto leveling, you will need to carry around blocks (I carried lengths of 2"X10"). Then you back to where you want your trailer - check to see how far off level you are - then pull back out enough to place the leveling blocks & make a best guess on what is needed - then back back up on the blocks and repeat, if necessary.
It is a hassle. Auto leveling is worth the extra $$$ IMO.

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Old 09-14-2016, 10:32 AM   #3
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Yes, must have !
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Old 09-14-2016, 03:29 PM   #4
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thanks for the info.. That is what I was wondering. Thanks. I think I will spend the extra$$$
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I have never had a FW without the auto level function, and don't plan on it. My first two FWs had the 6 point and our current FW has only 4 point leveling. All work well for us.
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Old 09-14-2016, 04:15 PM   #6
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Was a must have for us as well. Still like a relatively level site, but pushing a button and having it level in less than 2 minutes is well worth it.
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We looked at 5ers with and without auto leveling and decided that we could put the additional bucks to a better use. Blocks are an uncomplicated component that wont need occasional ministrations. We are on our 3rd 5er and carrying a few wood blocks is not a big deal especially if they are mine or others left over project scraps and therefore free.
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Old 09-14-2016, 05:28 PM   #8
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My rig has independent front hydraulic landing legs; it also has independent hydraulic rear jacks. They are operated by a pendant cord that can adjust each leg. I have no problems leveling the trailer and I believe it is as fast and accurate as any self leveling rig. I have seen first hand how the self levelers often get out of sync or operate erratically. unless the self levelers are really reasonably priced, I would not consider them as really necessary.
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Beside the auto level function, they provide more stability to the trailer than the conventional front landing legs and rear stabilizers, IMHO.

The LCI auto level system on 5vers that I have seen are mounted 6 leg; 2 landing legs, 2 in front of axles and 2 behind axles.

They are strong enough to lift the trailer wheels off the ground, but as with motorhomes it is not recommended to rely on levellers with wheels off the ground, IMHO.

The hydraulic landing legs are significantly faster than the electric styles.

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Old 09-14-2016, 07:13 PM   #10
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How did we all manage to camp before auto level? Oh yea, 26+ years and I still camp w/o it, and some sites were unsuited for auto level. Maybe when the leveling boards get too heavy I'll need too add it. Or when the boards become unreliable.
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It's a nice feature, once you have it !
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:59 PM   #12
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Like what everyone else said it is more stable and just nicer during setup after a long drive in my opinion it was was the extra money. ..
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:07 PM   #13
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It's one of those things, that until you've had it you don't know what you're missing. I'll never be without auto leveling on any RV from here on out
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It's one of those things, that until you've had it you don't know what you're missing.
Or it can be like having a spouse. When you find and pay for one, sometimes the simple life prooved easier!!!

I do like my levelers. : )

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