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Old 08-23-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Leveling jacks

Hi to all,
Do someone can explain to me why the leveling jacks of power gear has a fixed bottom pad (not pivoted like the one of HWH jacks). The piston (the one that coming down from the cylinder touching the ground) is 90 degrees solidly welded with the pad. What happen if the ground is not perfectly normal or flat? I can imagine this will break the pad and the lower end of the piston. My previous MH has HWH jacks and has a pivoted pads. There must be a reason why power gear did this type of design. The whole assy is bolted to the frame. I'm gonna phone Power Gear anyway. May be some of you guys has already encounter this scenario. Thanks.

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Old 08-23-2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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Interesting question that I only have a small clue to. My first Coach had the pivoting head and once on a good slope, I was on the edge of a patio, the piston was right at the edge and it slid the pad all the way off and the piston drove into the ground like a stake. Not possible with the fixed pad. The other problem could be, the angled pad puts a lot of stress on the piston in the direction of the lean.

I am probably all wet, and the thought process is not what it used to be as exampled below.

My neighbor kid asked if he could wash my MH for extra money, I said yes, he broke the Remco Mirror off. Stripped the screws. Spent 2 days and 50 miles going everywhere looking for larger screws to no avail. Had to have slotted or Philip's head because it was countersunk and lags would not work.

Frustrated, I went out to take another look, moved the mirror 1/2 inch over and drilled new holes and used existing screws, filled the old holes and the mount covered the old holes anyway. The moral, sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees!
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