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Old 10-09-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Scissor or leveling Jacks

I have a Jamboree 24R DSL RV on a Mercedes Benz Splinter Chassis. I am researching for leveling jacks. Looking for advice/opinion. etc. on what to use. Leveling Blocks, Scissor Jacks, Hyd Jack, etc.
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Well, you have listed the options in order of cost. Maybe your wallet will make the decision for you.

Blocks or ramps will get you level, but the suspension will still bounce under your movement inside.

Scissor jacks and other similar manual jacks will settle the bounce, but the jack mfgt's usually say to NOT lift the RV with the jacks...so ramps and blocks under the tires are still needed.

That leaves a leveling system. They are pricey, but worth every penny in my experience. No blocks or ramps to store or move. No manual cranking on the jacks. Just nice and easy leveling at the destination.

Lippert makes a nice system that does not need an engine mounted pump...it has an electric fluid pump.
See: http://www.lci1.com/

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Old 10-10-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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Scarab pretty much nails it.

Our pre-owned Class C came with BAL manual screw-based stabilizers, and we use Lynx blocks for leveling. The Lynx are a great system. The stabilizers help, but there is still chassis vibration / movement when you walk around. And, of course, both systems require some futzing around when you set up.

If money was not an issue I'd definitely go with a leveling system. Less futzing, and I would think better results.
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Also consider you are adding 200+ lbs. to an already limited GVWR with a leveling system.
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Thank you all for your inputs. If I do go with the leveling Jacks and to compensate for the additional weights the wife would have to cut down on some other items. LOL

Also, Hydraulic vs Electric Leveling Jacks. I been told that the electric motor is not that powerful
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All good points made above! Unfortunately most of the hydraulic systems are far more complex than need be to do something as simple as leveling a coach. All the automatic whistles and bells that have made things easier for folks to level their coach has also added several layers of possible failure as well.

As mentioned above, the hyd systems will add a lot more unnecessary weight. IF you decide to go with a leveling system my personal preference on Class B/C coaches is to use an all electric system, no hydraulics. Less expensive installation, less complexity, less cost to repair, less weight added to your chassis, less mess.

Just my $0.02 cents worth :-)
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That's a good point about weight...I have no experience with these "all electric" systems, but I found that LCI makes one rated up to 30K lb!

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I just don't know how a jack system would fit under a Class B.

Here is an overview of a HWH system that they say is made for the Sprinter:
http://www.hwhcorp.com/ml45576.pdf

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this is good input, I am consider this same thing. for long stays I block wheels and add some simple stabilizer under rear frame near bumper and under frame at step, it helps. it takes a little time but is simple and inexpensive. I would like the auto levelers and would pick the electric if they are simpler and lighter. Enjoy
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