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Old 08-05-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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Hydraulic Levelers on my Class C

We have had my motorhome now going on our second year now. We are considering adding hydraulic leveling system on the motorhome. From what I can tell WHW seems to have the market cornered. Has anyone had a kit installed on their motorhome and for those that have, do you have any recommendations? My cost seems to be around 6k installed which I really don't want to part wick but it would be nice to just hit a switch and "done". I had a TT which was easy to level since you are piviting around the axles. With the MH have both axles fore and aft can be a little tricky.

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:11 AM   #2
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I considered them, but couldn't afford them. $6000 seems high. I was quoted $2500-3500 at Camping World three years ago.

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Old 08-06-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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X2 on the price. I had HWH manual levelers on my class c, and I recall they were just over 3K. I am sure they have gone up, but your quote seems high.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:34 PM   #4
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I was quoted $4200 installed for the manual joystick system but not sure I want to spend this kind of money. Maybe I'll check Camping World.

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Old 08-06-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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To me spending $3K to $5K isn't worth the price. It takes the DW and I about 5 minutes to level with lynx levelers. Just completed a 5700+ mile trip and not once was it an issue. 2 bags of levelers leaves tons of money for fun things.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:46 AM   #6
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my Four Winds has HWH levelers but they were on the coach when I bought it (used) and they work great so far. But don't know if I would pay $1000's of dollars to have them. A friend has a class A that he installed the individual jacks like some travel trailers has that he cranks down with an electric impact wrench. cost him about $250.00 in all. they worked great, would level his coach and stabilize it. That might would work on class c also.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:42 AM   #7
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I had this system on my class c. It was installed at the factory. Take a trip to Michigan. Chevy Class C
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If you have ever had hydraulic levelers on a motorhome, you will not want one without them. We had the HWH semiautomatic levelers on the 31' Minnie Winnie class C. We had a class A before that with manual hydraulic levelers and only took two trips in the C with no levelers.

The new trailer we have has the Big Foot automatic levelers and ohhhhhh they are so nice. After getting the trailer off the truck...push the auto button and stand back. Perfectly level in a few minutes.

Big Foot and Power Gear are two more manufacturers of leveling systems. Just avoid Lippert equipment.

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levelers prevent the coach from bouncing around on the suspension when people move around. this is often overlooked but it makes a huge difference especially for families at night time.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:52 AM   #10
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hwh makes both a kick down and a straight down system for class c motorhomes.
both are available at either the hwh factory, camping world, or stuarts in indiana. dealers also can do the installation. if you feel adventurous, you can install them yourself. buy the kit from camping world.
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I had the Quadra Jacks Bigfoot (4 pump) auto level system installed on my class C this past February. I went directly to Quadra in southwest Michigan (they also have a location in Florida). I live in Cincinnati so it was only about 5 hours away. It was less expensive buying direct. I also felt much more comfortable going directly to the source versus working through a dealer middle man. Cost was about $3900 out the door. Hint: If interested, wait until winter as Quadra has run install sales the past 2 winters.

I researched these a LONG time. I felt Quadra was the most solid company & had the best product - & they have an especially strong reputation among owners for service after the sale.

It's great for leveling. Also for stabilization. We have 2 kids so the coach (without levelers) moved around as they moved around. I'd say about 2/3 to 3/4 of the wiggle is gone now.

No doubt it's not cheap. I "justified it" by thinking something along these lines: I'm hoping to get $1000 back out of them when I sell the unit. The real cost is then $3000. We expect to keep the coach for 10 years. It works out to $300 per year or around $30 if do 10 trips per year. OR... I get $0 back out of them. But it makes my unit more attractive for resale so it sells quicker.

The cost / benefit is something you need to hash through. My suspicion is the advice you'll get is to either get them (from those that have them) or to not get them (from those who don't have them). But it's something you'll ultimately need to decide.

Good luck on your decision.
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I to had levelers put on my Class C last Dec. So far it has been the best money spent on my camper. It takes all of 45 seconds to level. I also went with Quadra manufactoring, but I went with their cheaper series the ez levlers. This has a central pump similar to HWH levelers. The nice thing about these though is they are power up and down, whereas the ones I looked at otherwise were spring up. I have a remote that runs the pump so I can be standing wereever I want to in the camper. We really enjoy them. One other thing that is really nice when we are at home either packing or unpacking and in the uneven/sloped driveway, I pop them down in about 30 seconds and a way you go no walking unevenly or trying to hold onto stuff on the counter from rolling off.
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I also would recommend Quadra big foot jacks. You have four pumps. If one pump goes out, you still have three to level with until you get back home. The power up and down feature means the jacks will come up even if you have tight seals or a slightly bent piston. I changed many HWH jack because the spring would not pull the jack up.
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