Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  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 03-11-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 80
Leveler won't retract

Has anyone had any experience with levelers that don't retract? This morning as I was completing my "breaking camp" routine one leveler would not retract. A friendly helpful "neighbor" came to my rescue and pushed it up. Got back to home base without further incident but have the mechanics repairing it....any thoughts?
__________________

__________________
Linda and
"Blackberry". (The mini poo with attitude)
2002 Damon Intruder
RVBaby 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 03-11-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,313
Hi RVBaby,
Can you provide a bit more information? Brand of lever and are they hydraulic or electric motor driven.
__________________

__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 80
Leveler

Oh dear! I don't know...how can I determine what they are?
__________________
Linda and
"Blackberry". (The mini poo with attitude)
2002 Damon Intruder
RVBaby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 370
Maybe if you would give the make and model of your RV it would help.
__________________
Dan
2014 Berkshire 390RB
dan-nickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,313
The Brand of leveler is usually painted on the panel the driver uses to operate them.
__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 05:49 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 80
My coach is an 02 Damon Intruder. It is 20 miles from where I am so am unable at this point to determine the make of the leveler system.
__________________
Linda and
"Blackberry". (The mini poo with attitude)
2002 Damon Intruder
RVBaby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 05:52 AM   #7
Community Administrator
 
Clifftall's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 29,106
Since a neighbor pushed it up , my guess is that it is hydraulic and is low on fluid.
Cliff
__________________


Cliff,Tallulah and Buddy ( 1999-2012 )
Clifftall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 06:00 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 80
Hopefully it is a quick fix. I did notice the springs were rusty but still intact. Is that something to be concerned about?
__________________
Linda and
"Blackberry". (The mini poo with attitude)
2002 Damon Intruder
RVBaby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 06:16 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Gearhead383's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Midwest
Posts: 188
Not knowing your brand, you might try getting a can of spray silicone and spray down the hydraulic ram (The shiny part) and run the leveler up and down. I have to do this a couple times a year to keep my levelers from sticking. Good Luck!
__________________
Ron & Lara
03 H/R Endeavor 34PBD -330 ISC
Gearhead383 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 09:18 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 463
HWH recommends using transmission fluid to wipe down the pistons (shiny part) of the levelers. Just put some on a rag and wipe them down.

Rusty springs are a concern so keep an eye on them. They do break, then they won't come up and the pad can fall off as the springs are the only things holding the pad on.
__________________
OldChief7155 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 02:17 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,313
Hi RVBaby,
If the jacks are hydraulic, there are usually two things that can keep them from raising all the way (assuming they are not stuck completely in the down position).

1. Springs are worn - Look at the springs. Is the coil part straight down to where the hook starts? If so, one needs to change the springs. New springs will have a coil that tapers about 5-7 turns from where the hook starts.

2. The lower bushing in the jack cylinder is collapsing in on the piston. Lubricating the piston is a temporary fix. Rebuilding the jack or replacing the jack is the only permanent repair.
__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 07:20 AM   #12
paz
Senior Member
 
paz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Full-timers - Home is where we park it.
Posts: 4,716
Quote:
Originally Posted by RVBaby View Post
Hopefully it is a quick fix. I did notice the springs were rusty but still intact. Is that something to be concerned about?
Springs can loose tension over time. Rust is a sign of deterioration, and I suspect that weak springs may be at least part of your problem. Replacement springs are available. HWH began using stronger return springs sometime around 2005-2006.

Other possible causes of slow or no return of levelers are a bad solenoid, blown fuse, bent shaft, kinked hydraulic line, or twisted seals that cause increased sliding resistance. The fact that your neighbor was able to help push the jack up (presumably using something like a 2x4 as a lever) eliminates a bad solenoid or a blown fuse as the cause.
__________________
2015 DRV Tradition 375KPS
2015 Chevy Duramax 3500HD LTZ Dually
Full-timers...Home is where we park it.
Check out our blog: Living Our Dream
paz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 11:31 AM   #13
Member
 
singpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North/Summer, South/Winter
Posts: 91
My HWH retract slowly when it is cold. I ASSuMEd it was because the fluid is thicker because of the temp.
__________________
singpilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 11:45 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
lavamanz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: central Fl
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by RVBaby View Post
Has anyone had any experience with levelers that don't retract? This morning as I was completing my "breaking camp" routine one leveler would not retract. A friendly helpful "neighbor" came to my rescue and pushed it up. Got back to home base without further incident but have the mechanics repairing it....any thoughts?
Based on the year of your motorhome 2002 I'd say you're due to send them for rebuild of the cylinders. Mine have been unpredictable retracting since I purchased our unit 2 1/2 yrs ago. On our long trip last summer they were retracting over half the time but I got tired of using a 2x4 and shovel so I sent them off. I've been pleased and I think HWH charged about $160 each and it took them a couple weeks. Well worth it and HWH is great to work with you.
__________________

__________________
lavamanz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



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
dometic power awning retract speed Melorene Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 3 07-07-2011 12:48 AM
Power gear jacks down light and one touch retract not working. BentNerf MH-General Discussions & Problems 3 05-24-2010 06:45 AM
Jacks retract if unloaded jupoa Class A Motorhome Discussions 5 06-05-2009 09:14 AM
Slides won't retract Dale777 Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 12 07-10-2008 08:29 PM
Help! Slide Stuck out...cannot retract! Squid Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 12 09-13-2007 06:33 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.