Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-27-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 4
1993 bounder with hwh jack problems

hello everyone and thank you in advance for any suggestions that I will get!!!
I have a 93 bounder 34j, it has the hwh system with the kick down jacks, and a 4 stick controller with a seperate level indicator.
My problem is that the jacks don't seem to want to retract! I have been reading the forums, and I guess I am just a bit confused by all of the information.
I think I understand that the jacks retract with spring pressure only. Does retracting consist of Raising into the store position? or with the cylinder returning into the housing? That is my trouble, the jacks not only will not raise without me "rocking" the MH from side to side, they will not slide into itself, which makes it sorta tough to set up. The inner cylinder is sticking out almost 5 inches all the time, they will not go in unless I raise the MH on a jack and extend the levelers and then lower them onto a block or something like that.
Also combating this trouble, I think I have found the resivior for the fluid, its under the passenger side wheelwell, but man that will be tough to get to, and fill or even check the fluid level.
Where do I start? I have read about selenoids, bleeding the jacks off to retract, new springs, new jacks ETC I am very mechanical, well at least i dont like to pay anyone to do something that I can do myself, but if I need to take it somewhere I guess I will !!!
ANY direction will be greatly appreciated and I will try anything at this point!

paramedic99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-28-2009, 02:34 AM   #2
Community Moderator
RV Wizard's Avatar

Country Coach Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Chattanooga, Tn.
Posts: 11,811
If the jacks do retract some by whatever means you have to use then the pistons are not bent. I would first recommend that they be cleaned. You most likely will need springs to get them to retract. If after that they do not swing up let us know as they will have to be diagnosed. Also this http://www.hwhcorp.com/custserv3.html might get you started. Good luck and keep us posted.

Mike, RVIA & RVSA Certified Master RV Technician
Amy, Dr. Assistant - Roxie & Mei Ling, four legs each
2000 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 450 hp & 1330# torque
06 Saturn Vue, 06 Chevy Z71 4x4 & 2014 Corvette Z51 M7
RV Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 11:41 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 4
just an update.... I have removed the first of the leveling jacks, and taken it to a local machine shop for rebuilding, i talked to the local RV specialists and this is what they suggested, well actually they wanted me to buy new jacks from them, this was their second choice. The good news is that once i got the jack off of the MH, and was able to remove all of the fluid the jack did retract completely!!! I hope i am in business, but I will keep posting for updates
paramedic99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2009, 07:41 AM   #4
Commercial Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Panama City Beach, Fl.
Posts: 52
The kick down actuators on the jacks are probably causing your problem. They are inexpensive from HWH.
RV Trax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2009, 07:12 PM   #5
Senior Member
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Location: AZ Mountains
Posts: 394
In a general sense, a very common problem is lack of lubrication on the rod. The mfr of my jack recommends spraying the rod with silicone spray EVERY time you retract then (actually, before you retract them). Also, the resivour must be full to operate & retract fully.

If you get the Bounder Sounder, i just published an article on changing hydraulic fluid, complete with pix. Recommend joining BOA - it's a good group, and you get the mag!!
nbounder is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Excellent HWH customer service Cheryl Bisson Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 2 09-12-2008 02:50 PM
HWH Jack Down Indicator Non Repair SteveG Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10 02-16-2008 09:17 PM
HWH jack problem racer0624 Newmar Owner's Forum 13 12-20-2006 03:43 AM
HWH Control Pad Problems AlpineAZ Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 7 03-17-2006 10:52 AM
HWH jack problem Geechee Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 24 09-29-2005 03:04 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.