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Old 09-28-2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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Leveling Jacks

The used 2015 3170ds we're looking at doesn't have leveling jacks. What kind would you recommend having installed, can they even be installed now?
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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I would install the big foot just like the factory ones and yes they can be installed now it might even have the mounting brackets already installed on the frame.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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2015 on a Ford should have the brackets on there.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:35 PM   #4
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Perfect, I figured Big Foot would be the answer, but just wanted to make sure.
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:53 AM   #5
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I had Bigfoot levelers installed onto my 2013 3121DS and I love them. It's so nice to push a button and let those baby's do all of the work. I put the control panel next to the coach entry door and it looks nice situated next to the cluster of buttons (awning, floor lights, outside light) in that same area of the RV.

I ordered my Bigfoot system straight from the factory, it took about 2 weeks for them to fabricate the set and yes, the Ford chassis is ready to receive the Bigfoot brackets but they have to be welded onto the frame, no bolt on here.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:24 PM   #6
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I have scissor jacks installed on the rear of mine by the deal. That with a cordless drill to move them up and down makes it easy. Be careful with hydraulic levelers as you may be overweight in a hurry.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:02 PM   #7
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My 2014 ford frame came with the brackets welded in place. Now I just need the $ for the leveling system
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Old 10-05-2014, 05:53 PM   #8
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That's right. I totally forgot that they put the brackets on all of the 2015 models. That's huge because it is now possible to do a plug n play install with no welding pro required.

Nice!

If you get the below Bigfoot system that is referenced in the web link, weight should never be an issue as long as you do not exceed your RV weight limits.

This is what I have on my 3121DS and they work like a charm.

Ford F-550 Automatic 4pt Leveling System
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:02 PM   #9
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I'm new to the forum, and just recently (less than 30 days ago) bought a 2012 3170ds Sunseeker. I grew up with various motor homes, but am new to world as an owner now myself.

My question related to this thread is where to best put stabilizing jacks if I'm just doing it manually. We will be recreational travelers, and I'm not ready to invest in attaching jacks to the frame, but I'd like to make sure I'm using the right spots and avoid any mistakes that could damage my new (to me) rig.

From what I can tell from this thread and other similar threads, I want to keep them close to the axles (in front of front axle, just behind the rear axle), and use the stabilizer jacks to lift it slightly (how much?) off the springs, but no where near enough to take the wheels off the ground. In the rear, it looks like the best place is on the frame (looks like an I beam) about a foot or so behind the rear axle. I haven't really had a chance to figure out where they should go in the front.

Appreciate any tips that some of the more experienced folks can share with a newcomer. We have had a couple of close to home shake down trips at local campgrounds, but we are getting ready to take a slightly longer (3 hour) drive to camp a couple days near out of town family. After our most recent trip, I'd definitely like to stabilize it a bit better to reduce the movement from 2 adults, 3 active kids, and our dog. :-)


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Old 10-05-2014, 09:32 PM   #10
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Welcome to the fun world of RVing Ninja Flyer,

The very first thing to think about is this; you always want to “level” your RV from under the four (4) tires with leveling blocks much like the type in the below web link:

http://www.amazon.com/Tri-Lynx-00015...eveling+blocks

Second is that you can attach “Stabilizing Scissor Jacks” to certain areas under your RV that will help with the moving of the box while you and your family are walking around inside the coach. I know that feeling when you are lying down in the bed and you can feel every bit of movement when others are walking inside of the RV. You would be looking for something like the jacks in the web link below:

Amazon.com: Husky 76862 24 Stabilizing Scissor Jack - Set of 2: Automotive

Use great caution as to where you will place the “Stabilizing Scissor Jacks” if you choose to utilize them. If they are put into the wrong place on your RV, it will likely damage the RV as all area are "not" meant to have large amounts of pressure put upon them.

I never used them in my 2013 - 3121DS thus I do not have the perfect placement information for you, but I feel certain somebody else most likely will answer that portion of your question for you.

Good Luck!
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