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Old 02-05-2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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Power Gear Leveler Flashing Lights

Our system has both air and hydraulic levelers.

Presently Travel and HYD lights will flash while driving down the road constantly. Initially a repetitive alarm is present which later converts to a slower rate. Ride height and ride comfort do not appear to be compromised. The obvious conclusion is that the jacks are not fully retracted.

However, the jacks are fully up. The first time that this happened the lights (and alarm) finally went out. Now it is permanent. Another oddity is that the automatic air leveling will not function which happened concurrently with the flashing problem. An alarm sounds when the Auto button is pushed but nothing happens. Air & hydraulic systems will level manually.

So far I have checked the connections under the panel, checked and cleaned (electronic spray) the eight connections by the fluid reservoir. In addition the reservoir has been filled as per Power Gear's website.

It should be noted that once before the reservoir required 2 1/2 quarts of ATF fluid to be added. However, the stated problem never occurred while the reservoir was so low.

Monaco support suggested the electrical connections, there is no reference to this problem in the manuals, and the Power Gear solution is to maintain the fluid level in the reservoir.

I'll mention that there is a slow leak in one of the seals (other thread on this topic noted) but it is not likely that there is a direct relationship to the flashing/alarm.

Anyone had similar circumstances?

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Old 02-05-2010, 12:56 AM   #2
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Hi Ed

Yes - we have had this on 3 occasions in our 2007 Diplomat. Every time this has been down to the fluid level being to low. Once I have added just a little bit of hydraulic fluid to the tank the alarm disappears.

Our alarm would normally be set of when going over a road bump or similar.

First time it happened I was afraid that if anything was failing my jacks would release and eventually hit the ground while still moving. Monaco tech support ensured me that if the jacks was up when I started they would stay up regardless.

Good luck in trying to locate the error.
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There is a float switch in the reservoir that sends message to controller that all the fluid has returned and this is how it thinks the jacks are up or still down. You can be low on fluid, have a bad float switch or I have even seen a loose float switch that got turn in the wrong direction. The pointed area where the wires come out is to point down. I bet you are just low on fluid.
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TurtleBack, have you had a chance to trouble shoot the issue? If so what have you found?
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We had the same problem, lift your jacks and top off your fluid. Good luck.
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Thanks for your comments. It turned out to be a low oil level after all. Since this is a teaching/learning forum here's the rest of the story as Paul harvey would say.

One jack had significant leaking (shall we say gush) one time which has resolved itself into a very slow leak. The reservoir under the stairs needed 2 1/2 qts of fluid at one time. Ergo the reservoir under the stairs were for the jacks.

After cleaning the electrical connections and topping off the fluid there was no change in the symptoms.

Two days later we closed up the rig including the slides for a few day visit with some friends. Upon leaving the coach we noticed a pool of fluid under the stairs.

Okay you guessed it - I filled the slide reservoir when the slides were out and of course over filled it.

Next I traced the jack lines to the other reservoir inside the front generator slide just to be sure this knucklehead didn't get another wrong tank. It was the right tank this time -filled it and everything works fine.

Hey - stop laughing!
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