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Old 01-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Leveling Jacks Help Prevent Bounce?

We're trying to decide if we should invest in leveling jacks... We have a 31 ft class C (i.e., longer overhang). We generally get level enough spots. However, the unit bounces around a fair amount. Probably doesn't help that we have 2 active kids! It's especially pronounced when we're in the bed in the back & the kids are asleep (rolling around) in the cabover up front. For those with leveling jacks, do they make a difference in terms of the unit bouncing around? And then more specifically, does it go from noticeable to still noticeable, 50% improvement, or barely noticeable? Thanks!
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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You will get some improvement, however the coach will always vibrate from any movement.
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I had stabilizing jacks installed on my class C and it was a moderate improvement. Made the bounce tolerable but by no means eliminated.
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I put airbags and sway bars on for handling improvements and as a bonus it helps the bounce when parked.
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I was wondering the same thing, I have 2013 Coachmen Concord 301SS with air bags so should I deflate them while parked to help with the bounce.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #6
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Had Bigfoot Levelers installed on my 31' Class C with the long rear overhang because of Bounce
Now I have NO Bounce! Best money I ever Spent!!!!
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #7
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Why not put some sissor jacks on the back. I have a 26' Class C with them behind the duals and when I lower them it takes the bounce out. Couple of hundred bucks vs. $3000.
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Why not put some sissor jacks on the back. I have a 26' Class C with them behind the duals and when I lower them it takes the bounce out. Couple of hundred bucks vs. $3000.

This is what I did on our 25' Class C. I also put a set on the front under the cab.
It helped a lot, but the coach still moves around a bit.

I actually use my jacks to fine tune the leveling when setting up. You can makeup a couple of inches with them no problem. I take a cordless drill with a socket attachment to run them up and down with.
Depending on the situation, 5 minutes at most to deploy them.

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They have been on there for 4 years now and used every time we go out with no troubles. They look identical to the ones CW sells.
Prices are comparable, I just don't have a CW around here and happen to have a HFT within 20 miles.
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I agree with the scissor jacks mine have made a huge differance with bounce with 6 kids on board. Now if you have problems getting down to set them then get powered other wise save some cash for gas.
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I think somewhere down the road I might try the bigfoot levelers but for now I just got a couple of sissor stabilizers and will see if that helps some. It is only my wife and I usually in the coach so I hope the sissor bit will work. I have a air bag ride system that came factory, so should I let all the air out of that then install the sissor jacks or should I just leave it as i think that might be part of the problem
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IMHO, the difference between eliminating bounce vs. reducing it is getting a significant portion of the weight off the suspension and onto the jacks. Hydraulic leveling jacks will let you do that. Scissor jacks, not so much. The two MHs we have had with hydraulic jacks moved around about as much as our previous house in SoCal.
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I had Big Foot automatic levelers installed on my 2000 Gulfstream 31 ft class C. Solid as a rock and no more sleeping on my head. Class C (All Chassis) : Bigfoot - Quadra Manufacturing, Leveling Systems
If you are close to Michigan they install at the factory.
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One other factor that can enter in. We've had all kinds of units and systems. But when we're parked on gravel, even with the best hydraulic levelers, we still get bounce.

For whatever it might be worth.

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I had Big Foot automatic levelers installed on my 2000 Gulfstream 31 ft class C. Solid as a rock and no more sleeping on my head. Class C (All Chassis) : Bigfoot - Quadra Manufacturing, Leveling Systems
If you are close to Michigan they install at the factory.

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Tried a Season with Scissors Jacks , that was enough
Went to the Factory to have mine Installed also
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