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Old 05-07-2018, 01:14 PM   #1
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We have a 2016 2861DS. Yesterday we were setting up on a site that sloped slightly downhill. Iíve been feeling more comfortable using manual mode than the auto feature on our BigFoot Levelers; however, in the process of leveling in manual the driver side front tire lifted off the ground. Also that tire seemed to have a slant inward which seemed odd to us. There is a Safe-T-Plus anti sway bar on that tire. Would that make it slant in? Not sure if this is normal or not but it looked weird. So now Iím paranoid about a tweaked frame. Our levelers on the rear of our coach are not straight with the driver rear jack having a slight curve inward. Hopefully you can see this in the photo.

Another question I have about manual mode is when I go to retract, do I just turn the system on and hit the retract button and the jacks will go up in pairs? The last time I did this I could only retract one jack at a time. I pressed retract and held down on two jacks at a time and it made a horrible sound like I broke something. At Quadra they told me you can only retract one jack at a time in manual. So Iím confused as to how to retract the jacks when using manual. Sorry for the crazy question, but I thought you had to work the jacks in pairs. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-07-2018, 01:19 PM   #2
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The wheel will slant that's normal
When I retract leveing Jack's I turn on and hit retract.
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:24 PM   #3
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There is no manual retract on mine if you go over level you have to start all over again. And the auto feature lifts my from wheels off the ground also.
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:04 PM   #4
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The wheel slant is normal, it is caused by the spring & suspension being fully extended. The steering stabilizer has no impact on this. It is best to block the wheel so that it does not hang free.
In manual mode only 1 jack can be raised at a time. Just power up and hit retract.
Also the rear jacks being slightly slanted towards each other is normal. A brace should be attached between the jacks just before the bottom of the cylinder.
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Old 05-07-2018, 06:46 PM   #5
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Steve, we have the front tire blocked. Do you have one of these braces for the leveler jacks? I would love to see a photo of this set up. Are you talking about BigFootís Cross Member bar? https://www.shop.thebigfootleveler.c...ber-M29616.htm
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:20 PM   #6
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Steve, we have the front tire blocked. Do you have one of these braces for the leveler jacks? I would love to see a photo of this set up. Are you talking about BigFootís Cross Member bar? https://www.shop.thebigfootleveler.c...ber-M29616.htm
I have attached photos of what we have on ours. Very similar to what the BigFoot web site shows.
We are also able to lower 2 jacks at a time in manual mode. I will do both front then both back to level and then either the 2 left or 2 right for left/right level. I can not retract just one and as ejohnson1144 said if you go too high you have to retract all and start over. All of mine will retract when retract button hit.

Hope this helps.

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Old 05-07-2018, 08:23 PM   #7
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Steve, we have the front tire blocked. Do you have one of these braces for the leveler jacks? I would love to see a photo of this set up. Are you talking about BigFoot’s Cross Member bar? https://www.shop.thebigfootleveler.c...ber-M29616.htm
The brace on mine is similar to what you have linked to. It is just a Square steel bar with one "U" bolt attaching it each jack. This is on the rear only. Apparently this brace is only required if the jacks are mounted on the inside of frame rails.
Edit: The same setup as HopHed as posted.
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:02 PM   #8
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Hophed, your BigFoot levelers look so much more beefier than ours. Ours look like half the diameter of yours. Iím not sure if I need this bar or not. I donít know how theyíre mounted.
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I just noticed I DO have the bar on our rear levelers. Click image for larger version

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I just noticed I DO have the bar on our rear levelers. Attachment 171078
Yes. Same bar and the levelers are the same. Mine are not any more beefier.

Not sure if you have solved your slide seal issue or not. I have mine uncovered now and can take pictures if you still need to see how the seals are in comparison to yours. Went out this past weekend but didn't get up your way, only as far as Ventura.
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Thanks Hophed. The slide seal issues are the same. We took the RV to PC Mechanical, a local RV place to look at the galley slide and they said itís just the design. Itís something weíll have to work around. I always have to adjust the seals when we open the slides so they lay flatter. Anyway, itís okay I guess. Not the best but not too much we can do about it at this point. Weíre camping in Pismo right now. Love this resort and itís a great staycation for us. Would love to meet up some time. Weíre usually available to go camping.
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Slide issue

A little trick you can do to help the seals fold out and in and lay flat is to attach a piece of auto body side molding (can get on Amazon) to both sides of the slide from top to bottom (or almost) and about the middle. That way when the slide opens and closes the seals hit the moldings and flip the right direction and lay flat. Easy and inexpensive to do.
We like the Pismo RV park also. Still hoping to get up to Paso to Wine Country RV park sometime this summer. Will let you know when we get up your way. Click image for larger version

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Thanks for the tip! Thereís a new Sun Resort in Paso that just opened up last week. Itís called Cava Robles. Of course everyone wants to be there so I think theyíre 6 months out on their reservations. https://www.sunrvresorts.com/resorts...a/cava-robles/
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Great idea
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Another great idea. Will be visiting the parts house tomorrow..
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LinandLen, have you treated your slide seals with a slide seal conditioner? I had one slide with a seal that would not "flip out" and lay flat on one side of the slide.


I was told to condition the slide seals. (I thought of a snipe hunt, but, they really make slide seal conditioner.)


It actually fixed my seal issue immediately. (The worked correctly after I "conditioned" both the inner and outer seal on the offending slide). I then went ahead and conditioned the other to slides seals (inner and outer).


I am just offering this because it was such a straightforward solution to my slide seal behavior.


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