Getting the motorhome ready for winter (1995 Southwind), I got 'er parked and put the leveling jacks down. Rear driver's side jack groaned all the way down, so I sprayed some silicone lube on the ram and tried to retract it.
No go. The other two retracted normally.
Unhooked the hydraulic line and it still wouldn't move back up.
I ended up driving up on some wooden blocks, enough to get a floor jack under the cylinder's foot and jacking it back up into place. It squeaked and groaned all the way back up.
Of course while doing so the jack slipped, caught the spring and snapped it.
So, the jack is currently retracted, the return spring is broken, and I unhooked the power to the controller to prevent it from being extended again.
My questions are:
1) where can I get a new spring?
2) What would cause a cylinder to stick like that, even with the lines unhooked?
On the bright side, I'll soon accumulate enough cash-back rewards on the credit card from all these repairs to pay for my first trip
Thanks for any insight...