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Old 06-16-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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Leveling Jacks slow to return

This new to me 2012 allegro takes a full 3 minutes or more to get the HWH jacks up. The driver rear is the one that is taking all the time. That light will be on for 2 of the 3 minutes.. Is this normal? I see nothing wrong with the springs or mechanism.
Is there a lube I should coat the jack with?
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This new to me 2012 allegro takes a full 3 minutes or more to get the HWH jacks up. The driver rear is the one that is taking all the time. That light will be on for 2 of the 3 minutes.. Is this normal? I see nothing wrong with the springs or mechanism.
Is there a lube I should coat the jack with?
Have you cleaned them with WD-40 as recommended by HWH? I also spray mine with CRC Power Lube with PTFE from time to time.

At full extend 3 minutes is not unusual. I always use a pair of 4x4's about 18" long each under each jack. It stabilizes the ground some and gives the jacks a 4" head start. Truly, though, I think your jacks are fine.

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I have my "breaking camp" procedure set to allow them all the time they need. E.g. while I stow the water hose, power cord, sweep and stow the mat in front of the door, etc. I generally have something under them as well - and those blocks will need to be stowed too.

After all that, the lights will be out by time I'm ready to start the engine... even with both of us pitching in to break camp in a hurry!
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Convinced that I had something wrong with my HWH slow-to-retract rear, left jack, I had it replaced. It really made no difference. A neighbor (camping) once told me that the temperature, angle and weight placed on a jack over an extended period of time has an effect on how quickly it will retract. Sometimes my left rear is the "tortoise," and sometimes it is the right, rear. Just depends. Eventually they all do retract. I suspect your system is prolly OK. \ken
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X2 on the wd40, my rear ones are always slow at the beginning of the season.
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And it depends on the weather too !
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Thanks for the advise everyone.. I'll throw some wd40 on it and then it is what it is!
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Whoa!! If using the WD40 make sure you wipe down the rams really well. That WD40 will act like a dirt magnet if you leave it on.
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IIRC, HWH considers any retract time under 7 minutes to be within spec. My rear jacks are slow also, I suspect part of the reason is they are the farthest from the tank, so more internal friction to overcome. But, that's just my WAG.
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I just had my coach in for servicing at Independence RV in Winter Garden, FL. One of my issues were the HWH levelers not always retracting. They gave each one a real good cleaning and they all work great now. They told me to add the cleaning procedure to my monthly maintenance chores for the coach. Spray down with inox and use rags to thoroughly clean each jack in the down position.

I have used 3 times now and they have worked flawlessly. Best of luck.
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I just had my coach in for servicing at Independence RV in Winter Garden, FL. One of my issues were the HWH levelers not always retracting. They gave each one a real good cleaning and they all work great now. They told me to add the cleaning procedure to my monthly maintenance chores for the coach. Spray down with inox and use rags to thoroughly clean each jack in the down position.



I have used 3 times now and they have worked flawlessly. Best of luck.

What is inox?
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The instructions I have read from HWH state to start the engine before placing the jacks in the store position. I have just started doing that and it doesn't seem to make much difference. Who knows?
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