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Old 05-18-2015, 02:57 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a Fuzion TH that has auto leveling and my question is this.

Can you raise the coach high enough to get the wheels off the ground to say, change a tire?

When the unit is stored should you deploy the jacks to take the weight off the tires?

Are these systems reliable or drought with problems?

How uneven can the surface be and still get level? Front to back and side to side

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Old 05-18-2015, 07:15 PM   #2
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I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a Fuzion TH that has auto leveling and my question is this.

Can you raise the coach high enough to get the wheels off the ground to say, change a tire? I think it would be safer to use a jack.

When the unit is stored should you deploy the jacks to take the weight off the tires? It would be my opinion that the leveling system wasn't designed for this use. Maybe ask the manufacturer.

Are these systems reliable or drought with problems? We had it in a motor home and now a 5th wheel with no problems over about eight years.

How uneven can the surface be and still get level? Front to back and side to side. It needs to be somewhere near close and if not get out the lumber and pads.

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Old 05-19-2015, 12:00 PM   #3
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I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a Fuzion TH that has auto leveling and my question is this.

Can you raise the coach high enough to get the wheels off the ground to say, change a tire?

Yes, it will lift the RV high enough to change a tire. The early literature put out by Lippert actually touted this as an advantage but now they say they don't recommend it. This isn't because the system isn't capable and will actually lift the tires off the ground during leveling if need. The change was made due to liability as are many these days in our ever litigious society...

When the unit is stored should you deploy the jacks to take the weight off the tires?

I do keep the system deployed when my RV isn't in use. Keeps the frame supported and weight off the tires. While not necessary, it certainly can't hurt.

Are these systems reliable or drought with problems?

The early systems had a few issues, but since having them on most higher end rigs is now industry standard, issues are very few.

How uneven can the surface be and still get level? Front to back and side to side

You can be on quite uneven surfaces and the system will still function. The angle would have to be extreme to miss but you can always use a wood block to crib the jack that misses if necessary.

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Great help thank you.
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As far as storage, I've always heard that you should not leave them extended. What is recommended on motor homes, is that you make sure the air bags are fully inflated. Then build a stack of 10x12 pressure treated wood stacks that barely fit under each fully retracted jack. then let the air out of the air bags so the coach settles on the jacks with the wood stacks under them.

And I have no idea why I'm doing all this typing as it just stuck me that you said you had a 5er. Not sure how you could accomplish the same thing.

Ok....I'll go back to my corner now and be quiet while I think about what I've done.

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It's OK Ken, it's the thought and effort that count... LOL.
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Thanks Ken,

I'll store that away until I have to store something with airbags, whatever they are.
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Look at it this way. The front landing gear is always down on a fiver unless your hooked up. What's the difference if the rear gear is down all the time? Same hydro system and rams on all. If the front can handle it, so can the rears...
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No experience with a fiver. Most people with Class As say keep the hydraulics retracted in storage to prevent rust and them getting stuck down. Maybe anecdotal. I don't know.
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No experience with a fiver. Most people with Class As say keep the hydraulics retracted in storage to prevent rust and them getting stuck down. Maybe anecdotal. I don't know.
Yes, doesn't apply to a 5ver. Front jacks are always down. If two are, six can be.
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It depends on the system. The ones that are hydraulic and seal on the shaft should be kept up. You don't want rust to build up on the shafts. If they aren't sealing on the shaft than it's not a big deal.
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It depends on the system. The ones that are hydraulic and seal on the shaft should be kept up. You don't want rust to build up on the shafts. If they aren't sealing on the shaft than it's not a big deal.
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That doesn't really play though. The front ones (hydraulic or electric) are always down unless towing. If they can be down then the other 4 that are identical can be down all the time too...
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Hey Rodney!

The front landing gear on an 5ver, hydraulic or not have no exposed shaft that seals on anything, so it doesn't matter. The rear ones may though. It depends on the system. All MH's have exposed shafts that would matter.

My buddy has a Grand Design 5ver that has Hydraulic cylinder style at the front of the wheels and the back, they say do not leave those out.
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