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Old 03-06-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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Hydraulic levelers- do you lower all four?

So, if I am parked on a slight downgrade, block my rear wheels, and lower my front hydraulic levelers to bring the front end up to level, should I also lower the back levelers to where they take some weight off the rear suspension?

We have a Ride-Rite suspension installed on the rear springs so the motor home rocks very little if at all when moving around inside.

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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That would probably be the best things to do. You wouldn't have to extend far just enough to put some pressure on the rear jacks. I would leave the wheels blocked though.

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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Different coaches are different but on mine the REAR jacks provide SIDE TO SIDE, the front are only used to lift the front.. (They work in tandum even though I have 4 jacks it is a '3-point' system)

I would lower all 4 for best stability.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:49 PM   #4
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If it were me I'd lower the rear jacks as well as the front. That should help reduce the amount of coach movement when walking around inside.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Hi EricGT,
If your happy with the rear jacks retracted, leave it that way. However, if you want a real stable setup, lower the rear jacks first until they just touch. Then lower the front until the coach is level. The rear jacks are normally mounted behind the rear axle. By lowering the rear jacks first, they become the pivot point at you raise the front.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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I laways have all four at least touching, or maybe even lifted about a half-inch. I then level from that starting point. If there isn't enough travel to get it level without taking very much weight off the back wheels, I'll ask for another site.

When we first got this rig, I used auto-level just once. It scared me bad enough, I haven't used it since!
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:49 AM   #7
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In auto configuration mine always uses all four jacks, this stabilizes the chassis to extend slides, sounds right to me, so I try to do the same in manual mode when necessary.

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