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Old 08-13-2012, 11:59 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Curt Hinson View Post
Thanks for the correction Vince. I keep these type of things for future reference since I perform at least 95% of all of my repairs. My arms weren't long enough for this one, and I didn't trust the wife to push the button.

Don't sell it, that would be overkill. I'm thinking of adding some light springs to my four jack locations to prevent your problem. The assemblies are not heavy (alum) and wouldn't take much to hold them back in event of system failure. You could even use "stirrups", of leather or strong straps instead just for piece of mind when underway. I'd hate to become a "road grater" at 60mph as would you!

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:14 PM   #12
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Front hydraulic jacks dropping when hooked up

Thanks to all who replied to this thread. After some time, I finally got my camper back yesterday. According to the RV Repair shop, it was the restricted valve body red block (cost $71.94 + $10.05 freight) and two hours of work for a grand total of $296.36. I had already paid $114.67 because I didn't state the problem correctly. They thought I was saying that the jacks leaked down when detached from the truck, which was not the case, they leaked down when in the traveling position and hooked up to the truck.

When loading the camper up yesterday at the RV Repair, the battery was so weak that I barely got it up high enough to mount it to the hitch. I finally got it loaded, and figured that the truck would charge it a little while driving home. I got it home, backed it into position for loading in front of my garage and opened my large storage compartment to retrieve my 50 Amp cord and was greeted by a byzillion fire ants running all over the inside of my storage compartment. I only had wasp spray, so I hit them with that and they died instantly, although I am still finding some in other places. I connected the 50 Amp cord and left it to sit overnight and hopefully charge the battery.

When I returned from town today (taking care of business), I was gasing up my lawn mower in front of the garage (beside the camper) when I heard a steady beeping from the camper. I opened up the door and my propane gas detector was going crazy. The green light was on and as far as I could determine, no gas appliances were being used. I turned the gas bottles off and it still kept beeping. Knowing that it was hard wired, I checked the battery and it was showing 12 volts while connected. Since this could be from the charging unit, I disconnected the battery and only got 10 volts. I removed the battery and opened the cell covers and the gas from the battery hit me in the face and the cells were still cooking. Long story not so short, I went back to the RV Repair Shop and purchased a new battery for $98.05. I am keeping my fingers, eyes, legs and attitude crossed that things will start to get better.

I apologize for the lengthy post, but had to get it off my chest.


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