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Old 05-27-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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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!

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Old 05-28-2009, 02:34 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 05-28-2009, 11:41 PM   #3
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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
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The kick down actuators on the jacks are probably causing your problem. They are inexpensive from HWH.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:12 PM   #5
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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.

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