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Old 09-01-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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Motorhome "settles" after parking

Our Aspect seems to settle down in the front end after it's been parked a while. I think I have it all level and an hour or two later she's down by the bow. It's not enough to cause a problem with the fridge being un-level but it drives me insane. (which is a VERY short drive)
Anybody know the reason for this? I'm assuming shocks but before I spend a bunch of money changing out stuff it would be nice to know if others have had the same issue and how they resolved it.
Our MH has about 64,000 on the clock.

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Old 09-02-2012, 09:01 AM   #2
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Depends on how you level it.. If you level by blocking up the tires, then yes, if the shocks are working properly it will settle a bit after you park.

IF, on the other hand you are leveling using leveling jacks, Then it MIGHT settle into the ground a bit, but it will nto settle if parked on concrete unless the jacks leak. or are in serious need of an air purge.

To purge

Extend the jacks as far as you can.. Yes, I know you should not lift the wheels off the ground but for the moment forget that, Retract,, Repeat, Repeat. (This is for hydraulic jacks). Electric jacks do not have this problem.

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Old 09-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I wish I had hydraulic jacks...... contemplating installing them but it is a chunk of change I'll never get back. But it sure would be nice to have them.
So I guess you're saying the settling is normal with shocks? Maybe I'll just "overlevel" the fronts to compensate so when it settles it will be close to level.
Or spend the $3400 for a set of HWH levelers!
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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Motorhome "Settle"

I owned a 24' Chinook class c for 3 years and never had the problem you mention with settling.
I used the square plastic, stackable blocks under my wheels to level with and never had to go back and relevel.
If however your problem is shock related that would be a lot easier and cheaper to replace than a leveling system install.
64,000 miles would make me think you do have "worn" or weak shocks.
Maybe you could try replacing the 2 front first. Many people, myself included have used Bilsteins and swear by them.
Good luck
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Regular shocks have nothing to do with "settling" of a rig, their function is to stop unnecessary suspension movement. There is no or not enough pressure to hold a rig up. Now, if you have air suspension or air load leveling shocks then maybe, otherwise no.
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Hydraulic or gas shocks have noting to do with the ground clearance of your motorhome. If they are air shocks then they can lift the coach. The purpose of shocks is to dampen spring action ....... not to lift.

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