Bigfoot Leveling System - Troubles and Solutions
It's been a few months and I've got a few updates for the BFL system. We've had pretty good results.
I did replace the two plunger switches in the front. Our "all up" warning wouldn't go away and after I crawled underneath and started checking the wiring, I determined that both switches were faulty. Quadra sent me two new ones free of charge but I had to pay for shipping. I've actually sourced a local supplier for these plungers and have two spares in my tool kit now.
We did have one scare on our recent two-week trip. We were packing up one morning to drive to a different park and when I did the automatic retract, the rear left (driver side) jack wouldn't move. It was wet, cold and raining and we were stuck with our back corner pinned to the ground. After a few jigs to try and unstick the cylinder and reading the manual (!) to see what could cause it, nothing helped.
I called Quadra (luckily we had cell service) and spoke with Rick. Another big shout out to him. He told me to put the system in manual, press and hold the retract button and then to press the button of the stuck jack. I heard a click when I did this and he explained that the click was the solenoid shuttling but because the pump didn't run, it was an electrical issue with the pump itself.
Out came the tool kit. I climbed under the coach and removed the plastic cover (two bolts) on the stuck unit. After surveying the wiring, I found three wires coming from the pump. One of them ran straight to a bolt on the bottom solenoid that was direct to ground. I grabbed the socket wrench, removed the bolt, wire brushed the contact points and bolted everything back together.
That (THANKFULLY!!!) corrected the issue and we were able to lift and go.
I don't think I can fault Quadra for that as grounding contact points can foul up with any automotive electrical system.
I still find that the auto-level system has a hard time when there is a slight slope and I usually end up doing the manual level.
Overall, I still wouldn't want to be without the system. I don't like that two plunger switches failed and a ground contact needed to be cleaned all within a year and half of being new, but I will shout the accolades of Quadra's willingness to help me each and every time.
For the time saving and benefit of a sway-free camper, I would still recommend the BFL from Quadra.
2013 Sunseeker 3050S
Nights Camping 2014 = 7
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