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Old 01-16-2005, 04:07 AM   #1
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Good Sunday Morning! I am new to the board and new to RVing. I recently purchased a '93 Winnebago Brave (27', 454) and have been nothing but happy and impressed with it, with one possible exception. Presently, to level the coach I need to drive up on stackable plastic blocks. This seems a bit rinky dink. At the least, I'd prefer jacks permanently mounted to all four corners of the rig, optimally with controller(s) inside. Anybody have experience with a retrofit like this? Recommendations? Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-16-2005, 04:07 AM   #2
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Good Sunday Morning! I am new to the board and new to RVing. I recently purchased a '93 Winnebago Brave (27', 454) and have been nothing but happy and impressed with it, with one possible exception. Presently, to level the coach I need to drive up on stackable plastic blocks. This seems a bit rinky dink. At the least, I'd prefer jacks permanently mounted to all four corners of the rig, optimally with controller(s) inside. Anybody have experience with a retrofit like this? Recommendations? Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-16-2005, 04:26 AM   #3
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Do a Google search for "HWH leveling systems" on the Internet, you should be able to get a lot of information.
When I had Class C motorhomes I grew weary of shuffling wood blocks to get them level, especially in foul weather. When I bought my first Class A I had HWH jacks installed and will never be without them again.
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Old 01-16-2005, 06:48 AM   #4
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I highly recommend Big Foot (Quadra Mfg.) over any other levelers speaking from personal expierience. Be prepared to spend in excess of $3,000.00 installed.

I used blocks for years on my first MH 78 Southwind 25' class A, got used to it.

My Gulfstream 38' class A has DeWald levelers, bought out by Power gear. They work off the main reserviour for the slides, are totally inadequet (I can't sp. this am!) I have been battling GS and the dealer for a yr. and a half to no avail. I have a set of plastic blocks that are placed under ea. leveler if needed.

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I too would recommend the Quadra Big Foot brand of levelers. They come with a five year warranty and have a great reputation. They are also a sponsor of this website. Let us know of any thing else we can help with.
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Old 01-16-2005, 12:13 PM   #6
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Mike, Mike and Don - Appreciate your suggestions. Need to maximize every minute of R&R away from the glorious Mojave Desert, vs. fumbling around driving up/down blocks. Sounds like Quadra Big Foot, or possibly HWH, is the way to go. If you think of anything else please repost later...

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Old 01-16-2005, 12:33 PM   #7
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Big Foot and Power Gear make jacks with a large foot (pad) on the bottom, a feature that is a big help if you park on grass or asphalt very often. And they are "straight down" jacks rather than kneww action (swing down).

HWH probably makes the best high end jacking systems, i.e. automatic leveling, but their low-end jacks are knee action with small pads on the bottom.

I would recommend Big Foot or Power Gear for an upgrade. Big Foot is probably the largest after-market supplier too. I'd look there first.
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Hello,

I too have been looking for levelers for my coach. The best deals I have found are at
www.rvsurplussalvage.com and
www.rvcatalog.com

I just haven't been able to drop the $2000 plus dollars yet.
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Old 01-16-2005, 08:28 PM   #9
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This is another endorsement for the Big Foot from Quadra. We have them on our 98 and have been fulltime now for five years. They not only work well, but the company gives them excellent support and they will sell you parts direct with no need to go through a dealer.
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....I got a Big Foot Trailer "A" frame hitch-my back appreciates it more each day....geof kaye
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I have been thinking on going with BIG FOOT, do I get a discount if I mention this site iRV2
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RV Wizard:
I too would recommend the Quadra Big Foot brand of levelers. They come with a five year warranty and have a great reputation. They are also a sponsor of this website. Let us know of any thing else we can help with. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


RV Wizard, can I mention your name and also this site and get a discount.
I know I will have to drive down to Winter Haven , FL somewhere in Tampa area to have them installed a complete set. please let me know ghcampuzano@bellsouth.net asap
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Another glowing endorsement for Big Foot jacks. They would retrofit much easier than others so the labor cost should be lower. Big Foot jacks have no hydraulic hoses to run as each jack has it's own pump and reservoir.

IMO HWH is no where near a high end product. They outnumber the other brands because they are the cheapest for a coach builder to install. The quality of their product shows it to. Do a search for HWH on this or any other RV forum and see the hundreds of posts about leaks and equipment failures with HWH.

The HWH that came on my current coach lack the power, speed and dependability that I enjoyed with the Big Foot levelers on my old coaches.
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Another Positive Vote for Bigfoot levelers. I had them added to our Super C after researching the different options. The original manufacturer of the coach uses HWH but I did not like the small footprint and common pump with fluid lines. The larger coach is a new model for them and I think they have not realized the increased weight and length requires a different kind of leveling system. Also, I use an additional jack pad under the large bigfoot pad to keep it from sinking into gravel and soft surfaces. I have the Camping World ones that can be reversed for soft or hard surfaces.

So far, we love them. Drive to spot...check the left-right bubble level in the front windshield..find a spot that is 2-3 inches off or less and then shut off the engine, set the brake, dump the Link ride system air and hit the auto level....sit tight for a couple of minutes while the system lowers two legs at a time to level the coach without stressing the frame. Magic!
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