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Old 10-27-2008, 03:56 PM   #1
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Quadra Levelers Upgrades Factory Warranty to Limited Lifetime for New Installs and Original Big Foot Owners for a Small Upgrade Fee.

October 27, 2008 White Pigeon, MI -- Quadra Mfg Inc. (Bigfoot levelers) has done something that quite a few companies seem to be doing these days, and that is changing their warranty. But the odd thing here is that Quadra is doing something that no other company in their market has ever done. Quadra has changed their warranty from a 5 year limited warranty to a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The warranty covers your system as follows, 1 year on labor, 2 years on all parts and lifetime on the Jacks themselves. Quadra manufactures all of their own jacks in house. Quadra feels their product is the best in the industry, therefore they should have the best warrant in the industry. Quadra is also going to go back to any customer that is the original owner of a system and offering for a small fee to upgrade their warranty to the current lifetime warranty. For more information on Big Foot Leveling System, please call 1-800-752-9815 or visit them on the web at Quadra Leveler.com.

About Quadra:

Quadra Manufacturing was formed as a corporation in 1988 in Elkhart, Indiana. Its start like many successful companies was a small one employing only about four people. All four were involved the purchase rites of a hydraulic leveling system known at the time as Applied Mechanics. This system was a NO NAME product in the industry. With some re-designing and some much needed improved modifications the system was re-named "The Quadra Ease Hydraulic Leveling System." At about the same time the company relocated as a Michigan Corporation in White Pigeon, Michigan, just north of the Indiana line where it remains today nearly 17 years later.

The name Quadra and Quadra Ease was used because the company wanted to apply the number 4 to the RV leveling procedure. (Quad denotes 4). At the same time 3 point leveling systems were a popular fad in RV leveling, implying that a tri-pod system (1 in the front 2 in the rear) would prevent frame stress. The Quadra team never did believe the solution to frame stress was a 3 point leveling system. They believed 4 legs were still better than 3 and the solution was in the operation of the system. The Quadra Ease system with separate pumps and motors for each cylinder and corner could be operated in pairs to create equal lift on all sides of the chassis. That procedure came to be known as BI-AXIS leveling. It caused no frame stress, no cracked or broken windshields just as Quadra suspected.

The company now in White Pigeon, Michigan and still small in numbers was trying to devise the best plan to get the product out into the field. While most vendor companies were trying to get their product into RV manufacturers and dealers, Quadra thought it best to get it into the consumer's hands FIRST and the rest would follow.

Quadra's goal was show the product to as many RV owners as possible and what better place than RV shows or rallies. The focus was on being at as many as possible. It didn't take long for the Quadra Ease system to catch the attention of motor home owners. It appeared that Quadra now had just what customers preferred in a leveling system. The System offered 4-bi-directional cylinders with individual pump/motors at each one. 100 sq. inch foot pads and a 5 years warranty. It was a good system at a fair price!

Quadra not only offered the system at the rallies, but for a nominal fee, would install it on site. The 100 sq. inch foot pad is what everyone was talking about the most. It refused to sink in the ground when extended even on blacktop. So impressed, customers were now referring to the system as "BIGFOOT" They would say; "My system is the Bigfoot" "We like the Bigfoot system" Our Big feet will not sink in the ground" etc.

A couple customers actually wrote in to suggest we change the name from Quadra Ease to "BIGFOOT", so that is exactly what we decided to do!



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305 U.S. 131 South
P.O. Box 536
White Pigeon, MI 49099
Phone: 269.483.9634
Toll Free: 800.752.9815
Fax: 269.483.9636
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Quadra Levelers Upgrades Factory Warranty to Limited Lifetime for New Installs and Original Big Foot Owners for a Small Upgrade Fee.

October 27, 2008 White Pigeon, MI -- Quadra Mfg Inc. (Bigfoot levelers) has done something that quite a few companies seem to be doing these days, and that is changing their warranty. But the odd thing here is that Quadra is doing something that no other company in their market has ever done. Quadra has changed their warranty from a 5 year limited warranty to a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The warranty covers your system as follows, 1 year on labor, 2 years on all parts and lifetime on the Jacks themselves. Quadra manufactures all of their own jacks in house. Quadra feels their product is the best in the industry, therefore they should have the best warrant in the industry. Quadra is also going to go back to any customer that is the original owner of a system and offering for a small fee to upgrade their warranty to the current lifetime warranty. For more information on Big Foot Leveling System, please call 1-800-752-9815 or visit them on the web at Quadra Leveler.com.

About Quadra:

Quadra Manufacturing was formed as a corporation in 1988 in Elkhart, Indiana. Its start like many successful companies was a small one employing only about four people. All four were involved the purchase rites of a hydraulic leveling system known at the time as Applied Mechanics. This system was a NO NAME product in the industry. With some re-designing and some much needed improved modifications the system was re-named "The Quadra Ease Hydraulic Leveling System." At about the same time the company relocated as a Michigan Corporation in White Pigeon, Michigan, just north of the Indiana line where it remains today nearly 17 years later.

The name Quadra and Quadra Ease was used because the company wanted to apply the number 4 to the RV leveling procedure. (Quad denotes 4). At the same time 3 point leveling systems were a popular fad in RV leveling, implying that a tri-pod system (1 in the front 2 in the rear) would prevent frame stress. The Quadra team never did believe the solution to frame stress was a 3 point leveling system. They believed 4 legs were still better than 3 and the solution was in the operation of the system. The Quadra Ease system with separate pumps and motors for each cylinder and corner could be operated in pairs to create equal lift on all sides of the chassis. That procedure came to be known as BI-AXIS leveling. It caused no frame stress, no cracked or broken windshields just as Quadra suspected.

The company now in White Pigeon, Michigan and still small in numbers was trying to devise the best plan to get the product out into the field. While most vendor companies were trying to get their product into RV manufacturers and dealers, Quadra thought it best to get it into the consumer's hands FIRST and the rest would follow.

Quadra's goal was show the product to as many RV owners as possible and what better place than RV shows or rallies. The focus was on being at as many as possible. It didn't take long for the Quadra Ease system to catch the attention of motor home owners. It appeared that Quadra now had just what customers preferred in a leveling system. The System offered 4-bi-directional cylinders with individual pump/motors at each one. 100 sq. inch foot pads and a 5 years warranty. It was a good system at a fair price!

Quadra not only offered the system at the rallies, but for a nominal fee, would install it on site. The 100 sq. inch foot pad is what everyone was talking about the most. It refused to sink in the ground when extended even on blacktop. So impressed, customers were now referring to the system as "BIGFOOT" They would say; "My system is the Bigfoot" "We like the Bigfoot system" Our Big feet will not sink in the ground" etc.

A couple customers actually wrote in to suggest we change the name from Quadra Ease to "BIGFOOT", so that is exactly what we decided to do!



Quadra Manufacturing
305 U.S. 131 South
P.O. Box 536
White Pigeon, MI 49099
Phone: 269.483.9634
Toll Free: 800.752.9815
Fax: 269.483.9636
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Well that sounds good but mine have leaked and had to have one over hauled at jack shop maybe mine is just a special lemon case not to say quarda is at fault cause parker makes the pump on mine but dont anyone else have problems with these.
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Well, extending the warranty for orginal owners is nice, but I am the owner of a pre-owned Allegro so it does not help me.

But, the fact that Quadra Levelers is still offering parts and support for the Big Foot system on my 1994 Allegro is great in my book! I had a replacement pad put on this summer. The shop foreman at Quadra talked me thru the installation with no problems. It's nice to know that they are still only a phone call away and ready to help.
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I just received a brochure and pricelist from Quadra and it indicates 1 year labor 2 years parts and lifetime on cylinders
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I just received a brochure and pricelist from Quadra and it indicates 1 year labor 2 years parts and lifetime on cylinders
EasyDoesIt, Thanks for the update. Our Original PR was 2 years ago so it's nice to know these things!
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Repair of older Quadra/Bigfoot leveling jacks

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Well that sounds good but mine have leaked and had to have one over hauled at jack shop maybe mine is just a special lemon case not to say quarda is at fault cause parker makes the pump on mine but dont anyone else have problems with these.
Just a quick follow-up on the 'REPAIR" of the Quadra/Bigfoot cylinders. If you have an older hydraulic cylinder, there is no repair. They are welded on the top and bottom. the only way to repair them is to have them machined off and rewelded back. I am in the process of trying to find replacement cylinders or have these machined. The estimated cost per each is approx. $500.00 each. I will follow up following my research into replacement or machining.
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...I will follow up following my research into replacement or machining.
Maybe a different jack cylinder than yours. My BF jacks are huge and definitely can be rebuilt. HOWEVER, after two unsuccessful rebuild attempts, I gave up and went all new from Quadra. You may find the writeup below from several years ago to be handy for your project. It was written specifically for M380/M450 Bluebird (BB) Wanderlodge owners who are members of our WOG coach forum. All of the work was DIY so total cost wasn’t too bad. After 3+ years the system continues to work perfectly. Pictures available on request...

Background:

The BigFoot jacks on my 2004 M380 coach only worked when the coach was almost level anyway, because none of the actuators had enough extension throw for steeper inclines. Turns out BB mounted them too high - the rear plates by 3-1/2” & fronts 2-½” above adjacent lower frame members. I made some wood blocks to compensate for that lack of throw, but it was difficult positioning the rear blocks directly under the jacks when leveling. Other issues - One or more bad “All Up” sensors gave false “Up” info to the Controller causing it to indicate jacks were Up when they weren’t. One of the jacks still leaked after being rebuilt twice and might’ve been damaged by the PO. The right-front (RF) pump went out with a massive leak. The control panel and rocker switches had become unreliable. And lastly, I bent the left-rear (LR) jack bracket! This happened due to a faulty “All Up” sensor when the coach rolled back about 4” dragging a still down jack . Operator error for relying on the change in sound of the pumps instead of getting out to check notwithstanding, let’s say the whole system needed some serious attention! Here’s what I did:

What I Did (from above):

Pulled the leaking LR jack, removed the bent bracket and twisted cross support. Had the bent brackets fixed at a local welding shop. Ordered a new jack since this one had leaked and been rebuilt twice. Reinstalled the repaired brackets and lowered the new jack. Moved the RR jack 3-1/2” lower to match the left one. Replaced both rear Up-Down sensors with new. Installed the new RF pump, then lowered both front jack cylinders in their brackets by 2-½” and replaced their Up-Down sensors. In the cockpit, I replaced the control panel with a new updated panel and changed out the jack controller box behind the speedo dash panel.

Notes:

1) Quadra Manufacturing had all the parts and Patrick in their Tech Department was very helpful. Don’t use their Online link, talk with him. Since I needed both a new rear jack and a front pump, he sent me a full kit with one jack/pump. Saved some $$ but still NOT cheap! Shipping from White Pigeon to Phoenix took some time and due to the weight, was expensive .

2) If ordering/replacing the Control Panel, you will need to buy a whole kit that includes both the Control Panel & Leveling Box. They now use a simple 8-wire umbilical between the two boxes instead of running all the coach connections between them. That means pulling the original 1” bundle of wires out and replacing it with a new much smaller umbilical. The umbilical included in the kit was too short. I needed the 15’ one to reach from the overhead control panel to the leveling box mounted behind the speedo panel. Lance said his leveling panel is mounted in one of the bays and you’d likely need Quadra’s longest 30’ cable for that. The two plugs coming from the coach to the Leveling Box are plug&play so no rewiring was needed. The new Leveling Box is exactly the same size as the old one. However, mounting the new Control Panel required some trimming of the old hole. Used painters tape to keep from scratching the cabinet surface, with a metal blade in a jigsaw.

3) Lowered the jack cylinders in their brackets using a simple bottle jack. Matching up the holes is tricky but can be done. If changing to a new jack cylinder, Patrick will need the old jack number. This is printed on an orange label on the old jack cylinder. They have rebuild kits for allot less $$ also. Quadra no longer sells our jack cylinders with shortie 12” welded-on mounting brackets. The new ones have a full length bracket. Patrick said cutting that down to match the old one wasn’t a problem, so that’s what I did.

4) Found that a couple of the old Up-Down sensor pins were worn and the ball that actuated the switch had lost its “spring”. The pins are simple clevis pins that you could likely find locally, but having the proper length is critical. New kits don’t come with the plastic pin end protector the old ones had. However, Patrick sent me four he had on-hand. Each sensor kit was around $30. One of the old sensors was especially difficult to remove/unscrew. Even with liberal Liquid Wrench application, I had to heat up the sleeve & use a pipe wrench with an extension. Wiring the old to new will require blue butt connectors. Also used some 3M Heat Shrink.

CAUTION - this job requires crawling under the coach, so the standard WARNINGS about taking proper precautions with blocking the coach up & use of redundant heavy-duty jack stands apply. DO NOT crawl under your coach while relying on the air suspension! This may keep you from being crushed! Reader understands & agrees that any work performed using guidance provided in this write-up is undertaken entirely at one’s own risk.
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