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Old 08-20-2016, 05:05 PM   #1
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pets and leveling jacks

Has anyone had an instance where a pet has jumped into the drivers seat and activated the automatic leveling jacks or put the coach into gear. Also should the jacks go down with the engine running ? We have a 2016 Dutchstar.
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:13 PM   #2
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Has anyone had an instance where a pet has jumped into the drivers seat and activated the automatic leveling jacks or put the coach into gear. Also should the jacks go down with the engine running ? We have a 2016 Dutchstar.
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I was concerned about the dogs hitting the park brake switch so I made a stop that I slide under neath if when we park. Also prevents accidental release by "guests" who plop their purses down anywhere.

My jacks will activate with the engine running.
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This is a small plastic clamp available and most hardware stores.
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:39 PM   #5
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pets and jacks

Thanks for the info an excellent idea for the parking break. Has anyone made anything to protect the auto level control pad or the gear shift buttons from wayward paws.
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Thanks for the info an excellent idea for the parking break. Has anyone made anything to protect the auto level control pad or the gear shift buttons from wayward paws.
A crate. LOL sorry couldn't resist :-). My hooligan is crate trained but loose since he finally wore off the evil about 5 years ago :-)

If/when we get a new young dog, though, he will be in a crate until past the reckless stage.

Still following the thread, though. I'm a jury-rigger without style, so I'd have "junky" stuff covering sensitive things if needed. Likely non-slip material covered by fabric - towels or light rugs.

I'm 100% sure anyone and everyone else has a better solution :-)
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Yes, we had a 20 lb. dog that activated the leveling system. Coach engine on, we were outside for a moment then we heard the jacks. No damage done but from that point on we threw a large pillow on the seat and put the armrest down. But more times than not, we just turn the ignition off before leaving the coach.
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I shut engine off before leaving - I think I will get the brake clamp - My dogs like to turn on the heated mirrors - exaust brake- lower front shades and lights.
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A couple of additional notes: you don't need to worry about the drive selector as the system will not allow it to go onto gear with the Park Brake set.
The leveling system is another issue. Luckily if a leg so much as goes down a half an inch the alarm will sound so you know something is not as it should be.
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I think it'd be hard for our dachshunds to move the levelers because you have to turn the system on, then push another button for auto or each leg for manual. We chok the wheels so I don't think it'd move too much if they released the emergency brake. However, they have put out the generator, turned on the docking lights and put out the step well cover!
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