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Old 07-27-2016, 07:52 AM   #11
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Use some Marvel mystery oil in the hydraulic system. It stopped our creaking. We had it prior to the upgrade. The jacks were leaking down quite common.
I've had what I call a chirping sound for years. It is definitely from the jacks. After planting the jacks a a new campsite, I some times get the get the chirps and the other times, not. My theory, the cause is the jack pads. There has been a lot of problems with pad punch-through. The chirps might be due to the sound of micro fractures in the jack pads. Probably after many micro-fractures, the pad punches through.

Perhaps those that have the heavier jack pads, could chime in as to whether they also get the chirps. Jeremy, this subject has been discussed many times on the forum, with no positive answer. I suppose that you have not had your Berkshire since 2011 because you should have noticed the chirps a long time ago.
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:55 AM   #12
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Sorry Accumack, I didn't mean to quote you.
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:02 AM   #13
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Mine was popping on our winter site in Florida. The coach is parked on what I call a sand surface. They call it dirt. Lol.

The pad seems to be quite solid. But after a couple weeks I can notice the jack pads have recessed into the sand a bit. So I put my wooden pads down and never had the popping any more.

So I think the popping can come from the jacks easing off just a bit or also the pads sinking into the ground a bit. Takes very little.

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Old 07-27-2016, 10:10 AM   #14
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'll do some troubleshooting concerning the jacks/hydraulics and pads. I haven't noticed any of the jacks leaking down, but we haven't camped at a single location for more than 4 days since May. However, I do know no oil is leaking out of the system (no oil on the ground or anywhere.)

We purchased our Berkshire new in 2011. I only notice what I consider the chirping noise when the jacks are extended really far - tires nearly off the ground - causing the MH to sway more with any movement. The clunks - a deep, low pitch, snap sound - started after we had the brakes/tires upgraded at FR and occur with the jacks at any height while camped. The timing of this issue and the upgrade could be coincidental.

If I find the problem, I'll post an update. Now off to tinker with some hydraulics!

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Old 07-27-2016, 11:43 AM   #15
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Mine was popping on our winter site in Florida. The coach is parked on what I call a sand surface. They call it dirt. Lol.

The pad seems to be quite solid. But after a couple weeks I can notice the jack pads have recessed into the sand a bit. So I put my wooden pads down and never had the popping any more.

So I think the popping can come from the jacks easing off just a bit or also the pads sinking into the ground a bit. Takes very little.

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Russell, you are confirming what I had just said that the noise is coming from the jack pads. When the pads sink in the soil, they may tilt, You might say, "Well, they are designed to swivel". Yes, but that puts a tremendous weight (psi) on one side of the pad where the ram contacts it. Hence, I am still going with my theory of micro fractures in the pad. Punch-through is no theory; many have reported on this forum of having it. Yes, the punch through when it happens is swift and with a bang. But there has to be something that leads up to the punch-through over a period of time where the pad's support for the ram gets weaker and weaker.

I highly suggest that jack pads be kept level and to use wooden supports underneath the pads.
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We are back on the rubber pads at our seasonal lot. I don't take them with use on trips. I haven't heard the sound since we are back. I almost forgot about it until we took off for a few weeks.
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We are back on the rubber pads at our seasonal lot. I don't take them with use on trips. I haven't heard the sound since we are back. I almost forgot about it until we took off for a few weeks.
Phil, after jacking the RV I either get or not get the chirps. Never have gotten the chirps with jacks up. Therefore whether you agree or not agree with my micro fracture theory, for sure the chirping has something to do with the jacks.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:50 PM   #18
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Phil, after jacking the RV I either get or not get the chirps. Never have gotten the chirps with jacks up. Therefore whether you agree or not agree with my micro fracture theory, for sure the chirping has something to do with the jacks.

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Hank I agree 100%. I have rubber pads for the tires and the Jack pads. The rubber isolates the pad from the concrete.
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I have the older style jack pads that are subject to punch-through. Have any of you with the newer heavier duty jack pads or replacement pads been experiencing the chirping or clicking?
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:02 PM   #20
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I had it until I did the Marvel Mystery oil (I have 3 of the new plates). It was the jacks creaking / settling it went away after a few cycles after adding the MM oil to the reservoir.
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