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Old 06-12-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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Replacement Leveling Jack System

Hello all, I have a 36', 2000 Winnebago Chieftain (Gas) and I need to replace the leveling jacks.

My right rear jack failed, and the left rear jack isn't far from failing. I contacted HWH and apparently, they don't have any more jacks in stock due to age, but they could make a jack for me.

The cost for them to make a single jack is roughly $400 short of getting a whole new leveling system for my coach. So, I'm planning on replacing my whole system. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not looking for top of the line as I'm not a full-timer, but I also don't want to get bottom of the barrel either and end up wasting my money.

Any info would be a big help. Thank you!
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I have no experience with that. Our coach has air leveling only.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:43 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum..

Depending on the problem, you may be able to repair the jacks. The o-rings and scrapers are common, the only thing that is a specialty is the shaft guide on some early model jacks that is custom made. BUT, this small piece of plastic can be easily made by any machine shop that has a lathe.

Here are two short articles where I rebuilt my jacks..

Power Gear 500384 hydraulic jack teardown – 1999 Southwind 35S


Power Gear 500384 hydraulic jack re-assembly – 1999 Southwind 35S




Even the pump is repairable.

Leveler pump sounds like a food blender full of marbles – 1999 Southwind 35S


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Thank you for the info. I had a couple people tell me that once a jack locks in place they can't be rebuilt, so I stopped looking into it. But I recently had a couple other people tell me that they had theirs rebuilt. I'm now checking around the various hydraulic shops to see what they say.
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Welcome to the forum! We're sorry that it took a problem to get you to join us, but we hope that you will stay engaged after you have a resolution.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:21 AM   #6
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Since a new system is going to cost you somewhere between $4000 and $8000 you might want to think through HWH's offer a little further. You might also want to contact some RV parts places and see if you can find some jacks from a "recycled" unit.
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why not have your jacks rebuilt by hwh? they can rebuild them for far less than new ones. the most they will charge is for a reman cylinder in case they cant repair yours.

what you asked for was the cost of a cylinder. they may not have had a reman one in stock at the time, and only had new ones. hwh can replace any part they have ever built with a suitable replacement. it may not be the same, but it will work.

send an email to service@hwh.com. include your name, address, phone, vin of your chassis, brand and model. this is for your one year warranty.
describe your problem, and ask for a RGA number. this is for tracking your parts. it takes about three weeks to get them back.
many have done this with surprising results.
there are also several salvage yards for rv's that will have used parts.
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Just bought 4 new Jack's from hwh for 2004 winnebago. Excellent service. Had them In 4 days.
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