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Old 11-26-2019, 06:11 PM   #1
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Power Gear Leveling...WHY ??

1999 American Dream, why does the coach need to be running for the Power Gear levelers to work ? It has it's own hydraulic reservoir, pump, etc. I'm doing work under the coach and sometimes would like to move the levelers but don't want to start it. Is there a way to bypass this ?
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I think the idea is to have the alternator providing power to the batteries that powers the pump.

If you’re plugged in to shore power to help charge the batteries, I just turn on the key to the run position and operate the leveler for small adjustments.
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1999 American Dream, why does the coach need to be running for the Power Gear levelers to work ? It has it's own hydraulic reservoir, pump, etc. I'm doing work under the coach and sometimes would like to move the levelers but don't want to start it. Is there a way to bypass this ?
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As a reminder to anyone reading this, per PowerGear, the levelers are not secure enough to use when changing a tire or working under a coach.
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It assures good voltage to the pump, which is a fairly heavy power draw. If your batteries are in top notch shape, just turn the ignition key on so the interlock thinks the engine is running.


Later models didn't have an interlock that physically required the ignition on - it was just "recommended" that the engine be running. FWIW, the RVIA RV construction standard says that's the way it should be done.
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A couple things to clear up any questions. I have 12,000lb jack stands, the levelers are used to max height then the stands are installed...tires still on ground suspension maxed out for clearance. Also, on my '99 it's not an option to start or not, the unit will not work if it's not running. Anyone bypass this feature?
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The engine oil pressure switch supplies a ground to the jack controller that completes the circuit. ...as well as the parking brake air valve.

On your coach the controller should mounted in the #2 basement compartment, on the top of the compartment. A plastic cover over it.

You can go to power gear web site and get a install/service manual for your model and then figure out which wire to the controller controls from the oil pressure

......or you could use a remote engine starter button and run the pump to each jack independently. Clamp one lead to main power cable on side of hydraulic motor and the other lead to the jack solenoid valve. Probably a lot easier than messing around the controller wiring, lol
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The engine oil pressure switch supplies a ground to the jack controller that completes the circuit. ...as well as the parking brake air valve.

On your coach the controller should mounted in the #2 basement compartment, on the top of the compartment. A plastic cover over it.

You can go to power gear web site and get a install/service manual for your model and then figure out which wire to the controller controls from the oil pressure

......or you could use a remote engine starter button and run the pump to each jack independently. Clamp one lead to main power cable on side of hydraulic motor and the other lead to the jack solenoid valve. Probably a lot easier than messing around the controller wiring, lol

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