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Old 03-23-2022, 10:08 AM   #1
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Bigfoot leveling problems

Hello everyone.

I have a Bigfoot leveling system on my 2019 Integra Odyssey Class C. While on a trip a few months back the system started beeping to indicate the levelers were not retracted even though all 4 pads were in fact retracted. I hit the “emergency retract” button and the beeping stopped. It turned out that one of the metal pins that activates the sensor was bent (probably happened leaving a steep gas station exit). I removed the pin and straightened it in a vice and re-installed. Problem solved? Nope. The system continued to start beeping at random times during road trips even though all 4 pads are up and all 4 pins are straight and properly engaging the sensors. Hitting “emergency retract” while driving usually works to turn off the beeping but recently it has not always worked and we have to remove the face plate from the dash and disconnect the system altogether.
Yesterday I drove the RV to the wash and back with no problems at all. Later I went to move my rig and the beeping started right away. “Emergency retract” wouldn’t work. I tried to start the leveling process to try to reset the system but it wouldn’t work and was making weird sounds. I just powered it off.

I have been in contact with a Bigfoot tech. At one point he walked me through a manual leveling process that was supposed to get any air out of the system and reset the whole system. That worked for a couple of weeks or so but the problems came back. The entire system just seems to have a mind of its own.
I have another call into the Bigfoot tech but I thought I would post this to see if anyone has experienced similar issues and could possible tell me what the problem/solution might be.

Thanks for reading and thanks for any insights.

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Old 03-24-2022, 02:06 PM   #2
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Not sure how much I can help here but I do have a suggestion -

Have you confirmed that any and all grounds for the system, including the control panel, are good and clean?

Does the control go haywire after hitting a bump or any weird vibration of the dash that could be indicative of a bad ground or a bad solder joint on or crack in the controller circuit board?
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Old 03-24-2022, 07:19 PM   #3
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Edit oops missed phone call and air out of system sentence so sounds like hyd.
Since I saw limit switches for Hyd. jacks as well in quick search, possibly a low hyd. level might trigger a jack down alarm like many other systems without limit switches. Follow troubleshooting info from manufacture. Don't be afraid to try a call or Email but have pertinent model/system info ready . Like us they have no idea of what was put on "your" coach model wise. Start with a mechanical simple issues like you started already , did bent limit thingy damage its limit switch. Was it damaged enough to cause an issue don't get hung up at that one thing, it's easy to fixate on a smoking gun issue and have something else happening too.
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Old 12-01-2022, 02:08 PM   #4
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big foot install problem

i have a 2019 Jayco Melbourne Prestige on a 2018 MercedesSprinter 3500 chassis. i have a demco stay and play breaking system installed on my tow vehicle. part if the breaking system is a small bank of Leds that attach to the back of the rear view mirror of my tow vehicle. i. monitor these Leds in my rv’s rear view camera

as an extra help I connected. small incandescent lamp on my rv’s dash to the blue and white wire of the Mercedes Break controller harness. this lamp lights up at the same time the Leds light up on my tow vehicle indicating the breaking system on my tow vehicle has applied the breaks to my tow vehicle.

the system worked fine until i had the Bigfoot autoleveling system installed. during the install the controller for the Big Foot leveling system is wired to the Mercedes wiring under the driver seat. this is the same location as the break controller wiring harness to which my incandescent lamp is wired. there are three wires from the big foot control panel, a black ground, a red to a 7.5 volt fused power source and a yellow to a aux power source.

ever since the big foot was installed, my incandescent lamp glows slightly and continuously. there is .6 volts at the trailer break contact at the 4 o’clock position on the seven way barg trailer hitch electrical connection.

as designed and prior to the big foot install-my incandescent lamp glows brightly when the tow vehicles breaks are applied. so my system still works. except for the continuous .6 volt presence on the trailer break wire. i installed a switch to turn off the incandescent lamp during storage to avoid draining the chassis battery

i realize .6 volts isn’t much to worry about. any ideas on what may cause power to the trailer break wire in this situation is appreciated. and if you have a big foot installed on a Mercedes chassis, could you check for voltage at the trailer break connection at the 4 o’clock position on the seven way barg trailer hitch electrical receptacle and let me know your finding. thanks
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