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Old 01-30-2009, 06:35 AM   #1
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The Power Gear Leveling Jacks Are down on my motorhome and will not retract or extend further. Tha Motorhome is parked at home on concrete. We have had some pretty cold weather,it it 18 degrees F now.
We are getting ready to go to Arizona for a couple of months, but are now stuck at home.
Any suggestions on how to get this problem fixed will be appreciated.
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:47 AM   #2
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You could try starting the engine and even placing the transmission in gear with your foot on the brake.

Our forecast is the mid-70s for the next several days.
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:52 AM   #3
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Warm jacks and central pump unit with hair dryer or heat gun, plus above suggestion (less 70 degree days).
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:07 AM   #4
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You should be able to manually retract the gear, by referring to your owners manual. Make certain that the fluids are where they need to be and that your not in a bind by having moved the coach while they were down. Hope it works.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:10 AM   #5
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I have run the engine until it was warmed up, but I have not tried to apply heat yet. Thanks
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:29 AM   #6
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The only time mine stuck in the down position was when the fluid was just a bit below where it was supposed to be. Don't know about your setup but on my Discovery, I just bought a long skinny funnel that fits into the filler with ease to let me top it off. Hope your problem is that simple. Good luck.
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When you try to retract the jacks do you hear the pump motor? Do you slideout rooms operate ok?
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Power Gear Tech services - 1-800-334-4712.

Hope this helps.

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I have a 2006 Sea Breeze that one jack refused to retract. It happened in warm weather. I finally removed hose at that jack and it still wouldn't move. I got it to move by jacking the motorhome up and dropping it fast on that stuck jack and it retracted. When I got to a repair shop they brought in a tech from power gear who said the jack had to be replaced and also found metal filings in the pump motor. My extended warranty paid for all but $1000. So far no trouble with the rest of the jacks. I would recommend calling Power Gear.
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:20 AM   #10
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Good idea. I called Power Gear. They said that there is a manifold near the pump with 3 (or 4?) valves 12 volts must be applied to the valves for them to operate. Cold weather is not the problem. The real problem was that the house 12 volts was disconnected. The dash controls, lights annd buzzers are connected to the chassis battery, so they all worked. As soon as I swithced the house 12 volts on, the jacks retracted. Now, maybe we can go to Arizona and sit in the sun. Thanks for all your suggestions.
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I had a similar problem when my rig was new. I forgot to turn on the switch for the house batteries and couldn't figure out why my electric driven slide wouldn't extend.
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Love the easy solution, and a good lesson to file away for later.
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The power for my drivers seat is from the coach batteries.........took me an hour to find the "problem".
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My converter (battery Charger) died in Canton Tx one year, Hot as the dickens outside,
I could not raise my jacks or run my house ac
Finally found the problem with a volt meter.
Borrowed a battey charger from rv a couple spaces down and all was well.
now i always keep a back up charger on board ( 2 really ).
if i had started the motor it would have charged the house batterys enough to raise the jacks and run ac but not overnight, I was locked in by all the other rvs and could not get out also.
Next day after a rain the man i borrowed the charger from could not get his rear jacks up on his $300,000 motorhome, so i repaid him by taking a metal fence post and prying his jacks loose ,his was stuck in the mud from the rain.

Always keep a cheap charger on board ac needs 12 volts to turn on and jacks need it.
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