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Old 01-10-2016, 01:45 PM   #1
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Powergear Jacks Alarm goes off when jacks are up and turns off when they are down.

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My Powergear (#500210) Jacks did not work last time I went out in my 1999 National Seaview.

I got home and started checked them out. I first topped off the fluid in the reservoir with the jacks fully retracted. That did not fix the problem.

After further inspection I found that the 10amp inline fuse had been smashed by the reservoir(reservoir had come a little loose and was moving around.)

I tightened the reservoir and replaced the 10 amp fuse and the jacks started working.

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Now when the jacks are retracted the alarm goes off saying the jacks are down and the light shows the jacks are down.

If I extend the jacks the light and the alarm both go off.

The system is opposite.

Anyone have any ideas what could be wrong?
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Old 01-10-2016, 05:30 PM   #2
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You stated that you filled the reservoir with the jacks extended. You should check and fill the reservoir with the jacks retracted.


You may have too much fluid in the system. Your alarm is connected to a float arm and switch in the reservoir. ( like a toilet tank )
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You stated that you filled the reservoir with the jacks extended. You should check and fill the reservoir with the jacks retracted.


You may have too much fluid in the system. Your alarm is connected to a float arm and switch in the reservoir. ( like a toilet tank )
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, I really appreciate it.

The jacks were retracted (all the up) when I topped them off from the fill port on the reservoir. I filled them till it came out\over flowed out the fill port.


The toilet float makes sense to me... so is it possible to over fill them with the jack retracted\ all the way up.
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My bad you did say retracted not extended.
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Maybe... when you tightened up the reservoir, it was out of level and remains so. Was there any play as you were tightening? If so, loosen a touch and shift the other way and re-tighten. I don't know if the float/sensor is that sensitive... but it's worth a shot.
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Could the wiring for the fluid level switch have been damaged by the loose tank also? It almost sounds like the switch wiring is hooked up in reverse.
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Maybe... when you tightened up the reservoir, it was out of level and remains so. Was there any play as you were tightening? If so, loosen a touch and shift the other way and re-tighten. I don't know if the float/sensor is that sensitive... but it's worth a shot.
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Could the wiring for the fluid level switch have been damaged by the loose tank also?
My thoughts exactly. From what you are saying, it sounds like the system is functioning according to design, except the float switch or its wiring/plug is either damaged, or not installed correctly or the tank is not vertical. That switch has to be installed and positioned exactly as it shows on the tank. Another possibility is with the tank loose enough to smash the fuse, maybe the float assembly inside the tank is damaged or stuck?
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I had a similar problem with mine after I installed a new float. The plastic nut on the float has some arrows; and per the instructions, the arrow has to be pointing in a specific direction (up I think). Being the kind of person who only looks at directions after things don’t work like they are supposed to, I realized I had installed the float upside down. After loosening the nut, rotating the float, all was good. Maybe your float is out of alignment?
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The jacks were retracted (all the up) when I topped them off from the fill port on the reservoir. I filled them till it came out\over flowed out the fill port.
I am getting in late on this ... possibly the problem is solved. You could still be overfilled ... the manual for the jacks says:

1. Check the fluid level every month. Fill the reservoir with the jacks in the fully retracted position. On 1998 - PRESENT model year coaches, the fluid should be within 1/4 inch of the fill port lip and checked only with all jacks retracted."

FOR LEVELING SYSTEMS WITH TOUCH PAD PART NUMBERS
500089, 500105, 500210, 500456, 500535 or no number at all
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Thank you everyone for the input.

Just an Update I had to take the motorhome into the shop to have the roof resealed. Apparently Camping world cant seal a roof properly, third time they are doing it.

I should have the motorhome back by this weekend. I will pot up an update once I try\check some of the items listed above.


THANK YOU AGAIN, this place is always a huge help
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