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Old 05-01-2021, 05:34 AM   #1
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Are Jack Feet Supposed To Tilt?

Are the feet of the hydraulic leveling jacks on my RV meant to tilt? My RV has been sitting in place for awhile and one of the feet has taken a bit of an angle (maybe ~25%). The RV is parked on a sandy lot and I did put some wood pads under the jacks to minimize sinking. I'm just wondering if this tilt is a fault or something that will correct when I re-level somewhere else on harder ground. Should I maybe put a bit of oil around the base to encourage allowance of movement? Of note, this is a big RV (43' AC Revolution) and the questionable pad is in the rear. As much as I'd hate to hear it, is this some sort of more serious fault that requires remedy? Thanks for all experience-based opinions and input.
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Old 05-01-2021, 08:25 AM   #2
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Yes, they do have some flex to them. One of mine is tilted at least that much.
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Old 05-01-2021, 08:28 AM   #3
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Actually, it depends on what brand your leveling jacks are. Some have flex while others do not.
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Old 05-01-2021, 08:50 AM   #4
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Mine do as well. I asked the same question here when I discovered it before calling a mobile tech.
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Does your jacks have 2 springs, one on each side of the cylinder, that holds the "foot" on the bottom? If so, the bottom foot can do whatever it needs to do to lift the coach. If that means tilting at an angle, yes, it will. They can also pop off and hang by the springs. I drove 4 hours and pulled into my next site during a walkaround saw the foot on the jack by driver side tire just hanging. Took a pry bar and pried it back down to the bottom and was good to go.
If you don't have springs on each side of cylinder, I don't know that system.

Also, if you mean the entire cylinder angling - some systems have play in the mounting of the cylinder that allows some shifting to accommodate the site being off level.
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Old 05-01-2021, 03:16 PM   #6
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The 4-point HWH brand leveling jacks have an angle on their mounting brackets to add stability. On hard surfaces the jack foot/pad will scoot/slide some while extending or retracting as a result, on concrete this can result in a loud bang if the jack pad jumps instead of sliding.
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Are the feet of the hydraulic leveling jacks on my RV meant to tilt? My RV has been sitting in place for awhile and one of the feet has taken a bit of an angle (maybe ~25%). The RV is parked on a sandy lot and I did put some wood pads under the jacks to minimize sinking. I'm just wondering if this tilt is a fault or something that will correct when I re-level somewhere else on harder ground. Should I maybe put a bit of oil around the base to encourage allowance of movement? Of note, this is a big RV (43' AC Revolution) and the questionable pad is in the rear. As much as I'd hate to hear it, is this some sort of more serious fault that requires remedy? Thanks for all experience-based opinions and input.


Itís bending the big foot maybe when you park on a hard flat surface it will flatten out.
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Thank you for all the comments. It seems logical that there would be some allowance for tilt to deal with uneven surfaces. I just get a little edgy after not having moved for awhile. I'm parked in a sand lot that doesn't stand up well to having 20 tons pressed down on it. I have pads but they tend not to sink flat.
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Old 05-04-2021, 02:31 PM   #9
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if you can post a pic, that would help us help you.

A pic of the hydraulic leveling jack to be clear.
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My front HWH jacks are actually designed to pivot, inward and outward. I can move them by hand.
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My front HWH jacks are actually designed to pivot, inward and outward. I can move them by hand.
Likewise. Ours have open ball-and-socket joints that can pivot in any direction.
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Old 05-08-2021, 05:18 AM   #12
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I should've thought of that...

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if you can post a pic, that would help us help you.

A pic of the hydraulic leveling jack to be clear.
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That looks normal to me. The ground settled due to the weight, splitting your wood pad causing the jack foot to be angled. If it bothers you, the fix would be to raise the jack, replace the wood pad and reset the jack down.
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Old 05-10-2021, 08:28 AM   #14
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Then thereís THIS kind of tilt

Oops... Anyone know where I can buy a new 8Ē HWH foot? Seems mine got bent some.
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