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Old 12-03-2016, 02:04 PM   #1
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Stabilizing jack fluid

I have 2000 SouthWind Storm 34N with stabilizing jacks. I am going on my third winter snow birding in AZ. I have the feeling that the jack system is low on fluid bacause I hear the pump burbling if the jacks are extremely extended and the "Jacks up" light doesn't go out until I have shut the system off and then turn it on again. Where the Heck is the system Hidden so I mioght be able to top off the fluid
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I have 2000 SouthWind Storm 34N with stabilizing jacks. I am going on my third winter snow birding in AZ. I have the feeling that the jack system is low on fluid bacause I hear the pump burbling if the jacks are extremely extended and the "Jacks up" light doesn't go out until I have shut the system off and then turn it on again. Where the Heck is the system Hidden so I mioght be able to top off the fluid

run the pump and listen to where the source noise is. usually up front under passenger seat area use Dex 3 ATF
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Do not add Fluid with Jacks Down and or slides out
This will cause you to overfill the tank and when you bring the jack in the fluid will come out of the tank
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The filler plug is on the side, near the top of the reservoir tank. You will have to come up with a way to get fluid in there. When I rebuilt a jack and had to refill, I bought an inexpensive "fluid transfer pump" at an auto parts store. It screwed into an ATF bottle (in place of the cap) and had about an 18" output hose. It was just the thing. It worked great.
You should top it off with the jacks up, cycle the jacks (extend then retract) and add fluid again if it still needs some. If you have air in the system, you may have to cycle 3 times or so.

On our 1998 Southwind, I had to get totally under the coach to get to the reservoir. I put blocking under the front tires to get it up enough to have space to work under there.

Hope this helps.
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Thank You guys for the responses but I am still looking. On My storm the LP tank is behind the passenger front wheel. I cannot pinpoint the pump sound from the my position at the leveling controls. So that is where I will have to enlist my wife's keen ears. I will need to assume that it is completely under the coach inside the frame. In any case the serious looking is going to be left for AZ. as a polar plunge is coming into SD tomorrow.
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