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Old 01-26-2017, 03:23 PM   #15
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We are just starting the pursuit of the next coach. Currently we are used to hydraulic levellers and for the most part can get ourselves level. The next coach may likely have air bags for levelling vs hydraulic. Newmar King Aire or London Aire at the moment for reference.
I believe both of those models have both air (Hadley) and hydraulic (HWH). Our '08 KGDB (King Aire) has both.
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Personally, I would never want a coach with hydraulic jacks! It seems there are always posts on IRV2 about folks whose jacks won't go down, won't go up, stuck somewhere in the middle, or won't work at all! Every time I read one of these posts I'm thankful for my air leveling!

No, it doesn't have as much "correction", but we're probably not gonna be staying on a site that is so unlevel!
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I have a 45' CC with air leveling. In one campground I had to carry boards to level the previous 40' Dutch Star in our favorite spot with the hyd levelers. With the CC just the air leveling was enough in that same spot.
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Similar to Mr. D, I had hyd on my Inspire and on soft ground with a short board it pushed the board down into the ground so that I could not retrieve it. No big deal but air is so much more convenient. Another time in wet conditions it froze down overnight and it would not retract in the morning. Putting away dirty boards in bay is also a drawback.
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Personally, I would never want a coach with hydraulic jacks! It seems there are always posts on IRV2 about folks whose jacks won't go down, won't go up, stuck somewhere in the middle, or won't work at all! Every time I read one of these posts I'm thankful for my air leveling!

No, it doesn't have as much "correction", but we're probably not gonna be staying on a site that is so unlevel!
I understand your fondness for air leveling, I hope to have an air RV sometime in the future, but I must say the reason you read about hydraulic problems more than air is probably because there are far more RVs out there with hydraulic systems than air, just as there are far more gassers than diesels! I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the percentage of air or hydraulic problems is about the same when adding the numbers of gassers or diesels to the equation.
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Personally, I would never want a coach with hydraulic jacks! It seems there are always posts on IRV2 about folks whose jacks won't go down, won't go up, stuck somewhere in the middle, or won't work at all! Every time I read one of these posts I'm thankful for my air leveling!

No, it doesn't have as much "correction", but we're probably not gonna be staying on a site that is so unlevel!
My last coach had the hydraulic levelers, and I did have to do a lot of maintainance with them. There were a lot of times they would stick and I would have to pry one of them up. I love the air leveling, and so far camping all through the Sierra's they have worked fine. I love that they continue to level as needed. Regards Marc
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there are far more RVs out there with hydraulic systems than air

EXACTLY!!!
And, as usual, we only read of PROBLEMS on here. No one ever reports that their hydraulic leveling or slides are working flawlessly. So, the ratio of problem systems vs properly working ones, is seriously one sided. How many well working hydraulic systems (leveling and slide) are out there? No one knows. We have the HWH 625 Computer Controlled Automatic Leveling System in ours and, so far, in 5.5 years of ownership and 30K miles, ZERO problems.

Now, my bedroom slide, that's another story. I've had to rebuild the master ram on that one due to a leak. But, ever since, it's been just fine. I don't have any experience with Air leveling systems other than being next to folks with them. One many of theirs, I hear their systems "adjust" on their own, every now and then.
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My rig came with only air leveling. The range of correction is superior to the hydraulic levelers I have had. Have been able to level in sites, with same coach positioning, that hydraulic could not handle.
Air leveling may fail. I'd rather tackle air stuff than hydraulic stuff. JMHO
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Well, I've had zero problems with my current coaches air leveling, and my previous coach, 3 of 4 jacks leaked hyd fluid.

Guess which way I'd go !!
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