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Old 10-16-2016, 12:30 AM   #1
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Power Gear Leveling system

I have a 2005 National Tropi Cal Motor coach with the Power Gear manual leveling system. The jacks will not deploy unless I'm already on fairly level ground which defeats the purpose of a leveling system in my honest opinion. I was wondering if anyone out there had similar experiences with this system and if so how they solved it. The leveling system in my previous coach was able to level the coach in areas (such as in front of my house where the crown of the road has the coach tilted slightly to the right) without difficulty. Thanks in advance.
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What does the leveling system do and not do when you try to level on unlevel grade?
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Jacks "won't deploy"? Meaning the jacks-down switches don't even work or ? The last Power Gear system I had was in a 2002 Dolphn LX, but that had no such restriction. Nor am I aware of any PG system that prohibits use of the jacks when substantially of-level.

Can you identify which Power Gear leveler system model you have? Hydraulic or electric? Do yuo have the operation manual for it? Maybe this one applies:
http://www.lci1.com/assets/content/s...g_82_L0506.pdf
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What does the leveling system do and not do when you try to level on unlevel grade?
Thanks for the warm welcome. As near as I can tell the jacks just don't move. The power led is lit on the control panel but I can hold the front jacks button down indefinitely and the jacks do not move down. I'm going to check the fluid levels (it's a hydraulic system) tomorrow. The manual indicates that the fluid needs to be within a quarter inch of the fill port lip.
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Jacks "won't deploy"? Meaning the jacks-down switches don't even work or ? The last Power Gear system I had was in a 2002 Dolphn LX, but that had no such restriction. Nor am I aware of any PG system that prohibits use of the jacks when substantially of-level.

Can you identify which Power Gear leveler system model you have? Hydraulic or electric? Do yuo have the operation manual for it? Maybe this one applies:
http://www.lci1.com/assets/content/s...g_82_L0506.pdf
I did not have the technical manual for the leveling system and it looks as though the link you provided covers my unit. Thanks very much for this. It's already helped me to understand the system better. The specifics of my system are as follows: manual system using the 500731 control panel. It's hydraulic and utilizes a vertical metal tank, pump and valve assembly. I'm printing it out as we "speak". Thanks again to everyone. I'll update you all tomorrow after I've done some more troubleshooting. This group is the best....
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Have the same problem , ill check fluid tomorrow morning
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While the reservoir needs full fluid to operate the jacks properly, a low level of hydraulic fluid just makes the pump run without much effect, or jacks go only partially down. If the fluid is low, you should also be seeing/hearing the "jacks down" status (and alarm if the engine is running), because low fluid level is how that is detected.

The jack controller has a couple of interlock inputs that would prevent it from operating, but they are wired by the coach builder, not Power Gear. It's conceivable that National RV hooked up an off-level sensor to one of them, but I've not ever heard of it. The 2002 Dolphin I had did not have it. Typically it's just ignition off and parking brake set.
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