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Old 04-26-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Kwikee Level Best leveler problem...

My MH has aftermarket added Level Best Hydraulic levelers. I have an odd issue with the RF leveler....it keeps dropping on it's own(very slowly to about halfway down). I downloaded the trouble shooting manual today but other than bleeding the system, there is no mention if a "droopy" leveler. On top of that, when I raise the RF all the way up, then lower either rear leveler, the RF comes partially down at the same time When I raise the rears, the RF stays in it's partially down position until I raise it individually.

Fluid level is correct, and I bled the system as per instructions, and lubed all leveler shafts with silicon spray....no change in the RF one. Other than calling Kwickee, I really am out of options......
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Sounds like you have a leaking by solenoid valve for the RF.Make sure the manual screw if full tightened; if it is not fully seated this can also create this scenario.
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Ok Mike, I'll take a look at it today.......
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Mike, I am not sure where to look...is it where the red wires go in?


The cylinder has dropped this far in about an hour. It will go a little lower before it seems to stop. I don't trust it on the road, so I have been wiring it up to the x-member.
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The solenoid is at the pump/motor assmy.
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Ahhh...ok thanks......

Btw, don't you just love the way they ran the wiring to each cylinder?.....no shielding or loom at all!
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Mike it looks like you are correct. I finally got around to emailing PowerGear and this was their response:

"You have a jack that is leaking or the valve at the pump for this jack is bleeding by. You can check the valve by swapping it with another jack to see if the problem follows the valve to the other jack. If it stays on this jack, the problem is in the jack. Unfortunately the jack and the valve are obsolete on this old of a system. Thank you"

Since I know the hyd cylinder is not leaking, it has to be a bad valve. I am going to swap valves as suggested to confirm & my next question is.............................. can I re-build a valve myself?

Btw it took PowerGear less than 24 hours to answer my inquiry....I'm impressed!
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Not sure if it can be repaired. You will first have to see what exactly is the problem. Maybe you will luck up and it only be an O ring.
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Pull it and take it to a local hydraulic shop, they will most likely have parts in stock if you want to do it or rebuild it for you if you want to pay them.
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Update:

Checked all the solenoids, all tight & no leakage. No rams were leaking. Found that lowering the rears all the way then retracting them first would keep the fronts up. Did two short trips with no issue.

Last trip the RF would not retract and even continued down to max extension at a park. After trying different raise/lower combinations it came up and we pulled out. 30 min later the LF showed the "down" light & by the time I found a safe place to pull off it was dragging the pavement. All efforts to retract failed so I had to disconnect the hyd lines and force the ram up where I ratchet strapped it in place(yes I took a hyd fluid bath...it was a little slippery under there). Strapped the RF too just in case it decided not to play nice & drove 600+ miles home with no issues.

This week, I'm pulling off the entire system and tossing it. Having a obsolete system with no support and no parts just is not worth the hassle and potential for a big accident. For a 23' MH a "Bag-O-Leveling Blocks" will work just fine when needed. I appreciate all the help on this thread.......
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Hydraulic Jackectomy complete:






It took me about 5 hours. There was about an extra 40' of hyd hose coiled up in two places under the MH and about 200' of 12v wires. The jack on the LR was really tight with the exhaust pipe and holding tank in the way. I think Wanda is about 250lbs lighter though
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