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Old 09-02-2019, 08:35 AM   #1
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Leveling jacks stuck

I have a 2002 Fleetwood Fiesta. It had been sitting all summer. When I went to raise the jacks they wouldn’t raise up. There are lights on the controls but nothing. It doesn’t seem like anything is happening. I don’t know where the hydraulic box and it’s very difficult for me to crawl underneath as I have Parkinson’s Disease. Any suggestions on what the problem is?
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:43 AM   #2
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Perhaps you can tell us what brand of levelers you have.
When I had a similar problem with my Equalizer levelers it was caused by a faulty solenoid. I talked to Equalizer and they got me back on the road with a temporary fix and I had a new solenoid shipped to my next stop.
There was no crawling underneath, everything was done at the front of the engine.

Other brands will be different so it's necessary to identify which brand you have.
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Old 09-02-2019, 09:51 AM   #3
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Some place the equipment on the frame of the RV. Mine is in a compartment out of the weather. Brand would help to know for a fix.
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Old 09-02-2019, 10:11 AM   #4
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Noticed you are kinda new on IRV2 and wanted to say hello!

I'm not a Fleetwood guy so can't help with that. Makes me thankful that we have air leveling!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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It says Power Gear by Lippert Components
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Should be able to do a search and get the trouble shooting guide if no one jumps on with that unit.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:27 PM   #7
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Does your control panel look like the ones in this web page?

How to raise Power Gear jacks one at a time – 1999 Southwind 35S

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Old 09-02-2019, 03:52 PM   #8
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I don't know if your jacks are supposed to raise hydraulically or not. If they raise with springs like mine the following procedure may work.
It will require assistance of a helper.
I have the HWH jacks on my coach and had one stick after about 10 days down. I got a wood block, crowbar, some paper towels, and some WD40. I did have to crawl part way under which understandably you can't do. I sprayed the shaft and wiped it dry with the paper towels then sprayed up at the top of the shaft sticking out and let it run down the shaft. Next I used the crowbar under the edge of the foot to try to raise it. It moved and when high enough I placed the wood block next to the foot and used the crowbar again. After about 4 inch it went up on its own.
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Apparently HWH recommends using WD40 to lubricate the jacks on a regular basis. I started doing that on our last coach and found that I NEVER has to use my trusty 2X4 to pry the jacks up again.

I do not bother to wipe the cylinders off; I just spray them down and leave them dripping. Immediately store the jacks and they come up just fine. Some people are concerned that oil will attract dirt, but it can't do that when the cylinder is retracted and out of sight.

This probably is no help Lippert owners as they may be built differently.

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Old 09-03-2019, 06:12 AM   #10
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Maybe not WD40. From the Lippert auto hydraulic operators guide:

If jacks are down for extended
periods, it is recommended to
spray exposed chrome
rods with a silicone lubricant
every seven days for protection.
If your coach is located in
a salty environment (within 60 miles of coastal areas), it
is recommended to spray the rods
every 2 to 3 days.


And...

Jacks equipped with
grease fittings at the
bottom of the cylinder should be greased
with a light weight lithium grease
using a hand pump style grease gun
only. 2 or 3
pumps should be sufficient for 20-30 uses.
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Thank you to everyone who responded to my post!! It turned out to be a bad solenoid.
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Thank you to everyone who responded to my post!! It turned out to be a bad solenoid.

Common problem if its located behind the front grill as mine is, glad you got it sorted.
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