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Old 03-22-2015, 08:42 PM   #1
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Real Levelers Hit Driveways (Bottom Out)

In steeper graded driveway entrances (mainly exits) my leveler stabilizer jacks scrape and hit the pavement. How can you minimize this as I do not see how you can adjust the jacks so they ride higher on the unit. Has anyone damaged their jacks by hitting them too hard? Solera 24R
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:03 PM   #2
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We always try to drive off of driveways on a 45 deg. angle. It seems to help a little bit.


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Our driveway is also very steep. Try to drive straight in and you are guaranteed to bottom out. Angling in works, but it takes someone keeping a close eye to keep the angle right to not scrap the stabilizers. The other thing we have to watch is the exhaust for the generator. Practice will hopefully make it easier. Good luck!
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I have a 24R as well and the stabilizers can not be adjusted for more clearance. I approach any steep driveway (like mine) at as much of a diagonal as possible and very slowly. As long as I do that I do not have a problem.

I use the same procedure at many service stations that have steep entrances.

Once you get familiar in judging what it takes to clear the stabilizers you will be able to reduce the approach angle.
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These are the only option I know of
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Thanks for your replies. So this sounds like a prevalent issue. It also sounds like periodically, if this happens, no one has bent their jacks or damaged them in some way? I can work on my angle of approach. I thought it might happen when I saw the jack placements ... but the FR Rep said there were no complaints of this happening in the past. So I wanted to post it as well to get advice and to also log it in for others.
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Thanks for your replies. So this sounds like a prevalent issue. It also sounds like periodically, if this happens, no one has bent their jacks or damaged them in some way? I can work on my angle of approach. I thought it might happen when I saw the jack placements ... but the FR Rep said there were no complaints of this happening in the past. So I wanted to post it as well to get advice and to also log it in for others.
It has been an issue for sometime. BC at FR as been looking at other options
to try and solve the problem for future installations. I have no doubt that if you hit hard and fast enough, the hydraulic struts could be ripped from their mounts.

Folks with the current Bigfoot system just need to use a little caution and planning when crossing steep thresholds.
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I have bent stabilizer jacks on my trailer I know its not the same as your motor home but I'm sure if you catch them right it would be possible. I would look into something like this and have your dealer put on .
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That is a low ridin beast for sure. Ive seen people put a transition plate in a low spot of the driveway. Either steel plate or a lighter material to get through the trough without scraping. For the scissor jacks, they ought to be mounted at least 4 feet off the corners. Some mfg put them on the A frame or bumper transition which is wrong.
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I'd consider upgrading (stiffening) rear suspension a bit. Plenty of info on this topic; Hellwig Sway Bar; Sumo / Timbren helper springs; upgraded shocks. Not too pricey and practical for DIY installation. On our 2015 Solera 24S, these items have not eliminated the scraping issue, but, significantly reduced it. Added bonus is greatly improved handling.

Exiting a driveway at an angle, the outside rear spring is compressed due to weight shifting in that direction. When departing in a straight line, both sides of the rear suspension deflect downwards. Anything that reduces that weight shifting and / or resists it better when it occurs, will increase the clearance between your jacks and the road.
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