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Old 12-08-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Hydraulic leak on level up system

I am the second owner of a Cedar Creek 2012 36 RE. I discovered the drivers side front jack is leaking ATF at a pretty good rate on to the foot pad. I am located for the winter in the Melbourne Florida area. Does anyone know of any good shops in the area? I have talked with LCI a few times and they think the jack would have to replaced and that would cost around $600 plus labor. My confidence level with the CW is pretty low. I am hoping there is someone out there that had the same problem that could give me another direction to go.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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I am the second owner of a Cedar Creek 2012 36 RE. I discovered the drivers side front jack is leaking ATF at a pretty good rate on to the foot pad. I am located for the winter in the Melbourne Florida area. Does anyone know of any good shops in the area? I have talked with LCI a few times and they think the jack would have to replaced and that would cost around $600 plus labor. My confidence level with the CW is pretty low. I am hoping there is someone out there that had the same problem that could give me another direction to go.

LazyDays RV in Tampa does fine work.
You have a leak from either the hoses to the leveler which can be just a O ring replacement. If it is the leveler piston I'm not sure if the whole piston has to be replaced or if the seals can be replaced.
I would clean the area and really find out where it is leaking from.
Then I would call LazyDays on the phone as I'm sure they have worked/repaired many of these before.
6130 Lazy Days Blvd
Seffner, FL 33584
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks, I will do that. I am familiar with Lazy Days in Tucson, AZ
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #4
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LazyDays RV in Tampa does fine work.
You have a leak from either the hoses to the leveler which can be just a O ring replacement. If it is the leveler piston I'm not sure if the whole piston has to be replaced or if the seals can be replaced.
I would clean the area and really find out where it is leaking from.
Then I would call LazyDays on the phone as I'm sure they have worked/repaired many of these before.
6130 Lazy Days Blvd
Seffner, FL 33584
(800) 306-4002
Your right iggy, It might just be the O ring, which is pretty common with hyd. systems, but if the piston is scared it would need to be replaced or a new O ring will just start leaking again, but then maybe it's just a hose fitting. They say the fittings are high pressure, but with our town equipment we are always replacing hoses and O rings where I live on our equipment. These systems go under a lot of pressure even on the leveling systems. the weakest link will blow every time. Lazy Days has a pretty good reputation good call on that.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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Have you tried to clear the rod seal? Here is a Lippert reference for your issue: http://www.lci1.com/images/Flyers/LI...-locations.pdf Over time the shaft accumulates dirt and, when extended for prolonged periods without proper maintenance can pit. These situations can erode the effectiveness of the bottom seal which is the most likely place for an external leak.

Suggestion; With a soft absorbent cloth, a can of silicone spray and a soft shaft cotton swap. Fully extend the leaking shaft. (you might have to put blocks under the other side to accomplish this.) Spray the shaft and wipe it clean. Inspect for surface damage such as scarring or pitting. If the shaft is in good shape turn the spray on the bottom seal and blast any debris out. Use the swab to make sure it is clean. Also make sure all three seal retaining bolts are tight. You are dealing with aluminum so easy does it. With everything cleaned up you can cycle the gear and possibly clear any debris that may be under the seal. If it leaks after that you probable have a bad seal. If pitting on the shaft did not cause the leak then it is most likely that hard hook ups did. If that is the case you will need to replace it. Of course you will want to check the hose connection as well. Fitting wrench is needed there. Hope this helps.
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I realize this is an old thread, but I am having this issue as well. I wanted to update Duckogram's link to the pdf: http://www.lci1.com/images/support/lipsheet/0061.pdf.
I'm going to try the cleaning procedure on my middle drivers side jack, but I suspect it's the seal. We bought the rig last August and haven't used it a whole lot yet.
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We had a similar leak and LCI replaced the entire cylinder - there was a small crack at the top of the cylinder.
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