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Old 09-04-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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Hydraulic Jacks

Are Hydraulic jacks worth the weight and cost? Getting ready to make the jump. Thanks

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Old 09-04-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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I say yes. I couldn't imagine not having then.

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Old 09-05-2014, 06:18 AM   #3
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i say yes. I couldn't imagine not having then.

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Old 09-05-2014, 09:54 AM   #4
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What's the weight penalty? Front axle/rear axle preferred.
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:29 AM   #5
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My first didn't have them. The current one does. I love them but they do as some weight. And there are times when I still need blocks.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:43 PM   #6
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:53 PM   #7
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Don't leave home without them, when installed you can get level in no time without all of the fuss & yelling.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:40 PM   #8
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What is the weight penality Around 150 pounds total,, Each jack is about 25 pounds (I pretzled one and that is what it scaled at) and the pump and tank assembly perhaps twice that.

Are they worth it.. YES.

Offsetting that penalty is what you need to carry if you do not have them.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:00 PM   #9
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So we are going to have the Big Foot auto installed on our Mini Winnie. We are requiring the dealer to have the alignment redone / checked once installed.
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:58 PM   #10
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Big Foot Auto levelers was installed on our Nexus when we bought it last spring, so I don't know what it's like not to have them. But this last weekend, the wind was 20-25 mph and gusting higher and the RV was nice and stable. Slept like a baby!
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:26 PM   #11
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Our first coach 2003 Tiffin Allegro Open Road had HWH hydraulic jacks and I had all kinds of problems with them.

Our second coach 2006 Tiffin Allegro Open Road has Atwood electric jacks and I haven't had any problems with them.

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Old 09-05-2014, 08:38 PM   #12
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It is so much easier to just push one button and have the coach level, rather then messing with blocks etc. You'll appreciate it more if you arrive after dark.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:49 AM   #13
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We have HWH levelers in our Cambria. It has not been our experience that the auto-level feature is magical. It gets us close most times but we always end up having to manually finesse it. But, that's still pretty cool. They do add an amazing amount of stability though, which makes them worth it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:07 PM   #14
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I am in the never had them, don't need or want them group. Keep in mind our C is only 24' and I have never needed more than 2 Leggo blocks high to level the coach, usually on just one side. It takes all of about 30 seconds to set them.

Lots of folks just can't live without them but end up using blocks in addition to the levelers which seems like a waste (given the cost, weight and mechanical complexity they add). I'm sure they are nice to have (if they work well), on the larger rigs but 24' and under you really don't need them.

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