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Old 04-27-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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RV leveler Help!

Hi ,

Just a few moments ago while in our 87 Bounder motorhome we heard a "thud" went outside to investigate and found that one of the hydraulic leveling jacks has had its spring/s shear/snap :(

The system is made by A & E systems which are long out of business.. just out of curiosity has anyone got this system and had the same problem? Anyone know of any spares available for them still? Or even better had to replace them with springs from another companies levelers? Or just any advice on what to do!

Oh and these jacks are the kind that hinge down with big springs before the hydraulic part lowers and its those "BIG" springs that have snapped :(

Thanks for any advice help or knowledge that can shed some light on this rather annoying development! Sorry in advance for the rambling but this happening kind of adds to an ever growing list of things going/gone wrong with various things and we have had enough!!

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Old 04-27-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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This at first doesnt seem a huge problem but the bus isnt getting any younger, plus we need it soon to go across several states with a big move in our near future. Yes it probably will make it , it's just another random event and as you put more money into it you begin to wonder is this an omen to just move on?! Start with something else?

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Old 04-27-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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As far as the spring goes, look in the yellow pages under springs. There shoud be a number of companies that could come up with a spring that would work.
Sometimes it's cheaper to keep the old coaches in repair rather than buying a newer one. That is assuming the old one is still structually and mechanically sound.
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Small update time After the initial panic ended up not worrying about it for the time being as the coach wasn't being moved anytime soon or jacks given a work out.

Since then a spring on the other rear kickdown jack has snapped where it hooks onto the jack foot :( At least we knew what the "twang" and "thud" were !

After looking at HWH's website it appears that the springs on the A&E jacks are virtually the same if not identical specs as the Springs offered by HWH

After measuring the old and checking the springs that fit many of the HWH kickdown jacks ordered 2x of the spring kits. 1 for each rear jack that includes 2x springs and spring rod (that connects the 2 springs together at the top) .

Springs are nice and are the updated coils that are narrower nearer the hook ends.

Now time to get underneath,clean off the jacks and then work out the best/easiest way to fit the new springs on!

At least I now know where to get replacements for the front jack springs when they eventually decide to go.

Oh and if anyone needs the number for the kit its R1171
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:50 PM   #5
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1985 Monaco hydraulic leveler problem

Whew, great forum. Thanks for hosting it.

Hope this is the right place to post this problem with a 1985 Monaco hydraulic leveler, or two.

Last night the entire system seemed to collapse, causing quite a jolt to everyone. This morning the front levelers seem to be warped forward, though there is no obvious damage or broken parts or bent frames or misplaced hydraulics. Neither of the front levelers can be fully retracted, and they point forward rather than rearward as they did before. It can't be driven this way, so it appears that it will have to be fixed on site, by me, who is about as mechanical oriented as a EE (which I am, or at least started out as).

Rather than trying to describe this problem, pictures of the current condition have been posted at the following url:


It's a relatively painless process to create a free Shutterfly account to view these pictures, but if anyone wants to see them on an easier to access site like Photobucket, please let me know.

And thanks in advance for any possible suggestions, and particularly any possible solutions.


John Knight

ps--the above is a repeat of a post in another thread.
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Johnknight, this probably needs to be a new thread. However, looking at your pictures, there doesn't seem to be much damage but something is dreadfully wrong. The jacks retract by spring power and obviously, they can't do that in their present condition. Is there anyway you can jack the front of the motorhome up so you can manually push the jacks back by hand? It looks to me like the MH rolled backward. Did you have all 4 jacks down with the wheels off the ground or almost off the ground? Look at the HWH website for installation school. Here's the site: http://www.hwhcorp.com/mi352518.pdf
It might help you determine what you need to do.

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