Originally Posted by rockintom
...Do you lift the tires off the ground on your normal setup? If so.....don't you get a bit of twist in the frame? Just wonderin' rockin'
Tom, AutoLevel works a bit different than the standard Excel hydraulic levelers I've seen.
The manual system, like yours, has 4 switches. Front right, front left, rear right, rear left. You must push 2 switches at the same time to raise fore and aft or side to side.
With AutoLevel, once the rear jacks "ground" then the jacks work in pairs (front, rear, left or right).
The twist occurs when the jacks ground, since the rears do that one at a time. That's my only complaint with the system.
I have learned a few tricks after 9 months of ownership and 60+ AutoLeveling cycles. First, extend the slides before AutoLevel and retract the rear jacks before retracting the slides. This avoids scuffing the floors. Also, to get my "return to hitch height" feature I must first retract the rear jacks. Then power off the system, then power on and THEN press the left and right buttons simultaneously for it to return to hitch height. Nice feature. Unless I follow those steps, mine does not work. DO NOT turn off the master switch inside the storage area, or the return to height feature will not work.
Yes, I will let the Autolevel raise the wheels off the ground if that is what it takes. I see no additional problems (other than already stated) doing so.
I can manually extend and retract the jacks. By pairs or individually.
Would you use your hydraulic jacks to raise the trailer to change a tire? If both jacks on one side are working at the same time, how can the frame twist?
I did not receive proper instruction on AutoLevel when I bought my trailer. Many features would not function if I followed their instructions. I figured it out by trial and error.
I really like AutoLevel. I would not want to be without it. The rear grounding needs to be improved to operate as a pair, not individually. I'll ask about this next time I'm in for service.