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Old 11-19-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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Jacks..... rebuild or replace

I paid $700 for a jack on a 2000 Fleetwood Pace Arrow.
There was no seal kit available for it.

I was wondering whether it is better to rebuild (if possible)
or replace a jack on a DP.
I have heard prices for jacks ranging from 300-1000 for a jack.
I also understand that to have a good reseal you may need to
re-chrome the cylinder.
Cost versus reliability.

Thoughts??????
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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How about a hydraulics shop to rebuild. I think I read somewhere this to be a less expensive alternative.
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X2 on finding a hydraulic shop, most shops can disassemble, clean, repair and reassemble a lot cheaper then buying new. They would also have an assortment of seals and O-rings to repack the cylinder.
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Old 11-20-2015, 04:38 AM   #4
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There are many hydraulic shops around and the prices are a bargain compared to buying new factory ones or used ones and your jacks will be as good as new.
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:42 AM   #5
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I have one that is badly pitted, do you think the surface can be rebuilt or can they just use a new cylinder?

Anyone have experience with that process
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Probably way cheaper to have them rebuilt. Not sure what brand you have but on my MH they were Power Gear hydraulics. Both of my rear jacks were leaking so I took them off and to a local hydraulic shop. Cost me right at $130.00 for each one to have new seals, rod wipers, etc. to be replaced. The task of removing them was quite a chore for this ol' guy though but I got 'r done. In all of my years of being around hydraulics, etc. I've never known of a cylinder rod being re-chromed. Jimbo, as in your case I would certainly check with a hydraulic shop I'd think they would know if anyone should.
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I paid $700 for a jack on a 2000 Fleetwood Pace Arrow.
There was no seal kit available for it.

I was wondering whether it is better to rebuild (if possible)
or replace a jack on a DP.
I have heard prices for jacks ranging from 300-1000 for a jack.
I also understand that to have a good reseal you may need to
re-chrome the cylinder.
Cost versus reliability.

Thoughts??????
My thought, prior to jumping on worst case scenarios, would depend on what has drawn your attention to this jack. Is it leaking, sticking, what? Further, it might help if we knew who made the jack/leveling system?
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Being in the heavy equipment repair business for almost 40 years, it was rare ever to buy a new cylinder from the OEM. Find a good hydraulic repair shop and they can repair everything on your leaking cylinder. Even though emission standards are more controlled now,many can still strip (remove the old chrome) and rechrome the rod.
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If the rod is pitted it can be replaced, a repair facility can source the right diameter chromed rod, machine new threads on one end and the cut the pad end off your old rod and weld onto the new rod.

I would have the shop provide an estimate to do this work.

If you know the make/model/and part breakdown of your cylinder you might get a price on a new stem and compare and decide if it is cheaper to have yours repaired versus replaced.

I would do this on any type of repair. If you are handy and have the right tools you can take your cylinder apart and just buy the packing and O-ring set to rebuild. These cylinders aren't that complicated, usually only pressurized on 1 end.
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