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Old 06-29-2015, 11:01 AM   #1
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Auto Leveling Jacks

Anyone have problems with auto leveling jacks. The other day while leveling it took my front wheels off the ground about 6 inches. Took back wheels off the ground just a little. Tried to lower RV and two jacks bent and wont go back in. Was on fairly level ground.

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Old 06-29-2015, 11:09 AM   #2
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Not that problem. Sounds like the control box went haywire. Are you stuck?
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:10 AM   #3
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Uh oh! Sounds like maybe a limit switch problem? Take a look at the jacks and see if you can see the limit switches on each leg. Possibly some road debris damaged one. Mine lifts the front wheels off the ground (sits in my driveway like that when not in use) but the rear should always be on the ground. If all of your wheels came off the ground something is definitely wrong. The only way I can think that might happen (other than malfunction) is if the rear of your RV is sitting lower than the front and had to be raised to level the unit. If that's the case, turn the RV around to be sure the front end is lower than the rear. It should lower all the jacks one at a time until they make contact with the ground, then raise the lowest end of the RV up until level one end. After that, it levels side to side. It usually does both these operations in steps to keep from twisting the frame. Good luck with it.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:25 PM   #4
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Same thing happened to me Saturday and I had to call Coach net. They walked me through resetting it. But in my case it was pilot error. Fortunately I didn't bend anything in the process but here is what I learned: This system is extremely fussy and slow. Once you press the auto jack button you have to let it go even though it seems to take forever. What I did was press it a second time thinking something was wrong and confused the thing, so I'm told. Three went down one went half way down and the front end was completely off the ground on a very slight incline no more than 10 degrees. After a lot of button pushing and back and forth with the Coach Net tech on the phone he had me take remove the auto level jack panel on the left arm rest. It's just a small box installed with four phillips screws..nothing fancy. There is nothing underneath just empty space. Anyway, this is the brains of the whole operation and there is a simple 12 volt plug connecting it. Just unplug it, wait one minute and plug it back in. It resets the brain. Problem solved. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:41 PM   #5
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Same thing happened to me...

Back around xmas.....whole rig was lifted off the ground in my driveway and wouldn't come down. Ended up manually retracting the levelers, disconnecting the system and taking it in to the dealer. Was told different things by different people but they got it fixed.

Was on a trip a month ago and hit 'auto' and the front levelers lifted the rig off the ground again and wouldn't go down. Had to reset the breaker (on wall above coach batteries in first bay) and they lowered. I just used the manual leveling button after that and got it close.

I'm not a fan of the 'Auto' button on the levelers so I will only use the 'Manual' button from now on. I don't need the rig to be perfectly level and as such would rather just do it myself than have the system mess up again and leave the rig in the air with no way of bringing it down while in a site.
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:07 PM   #6
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I too never use the auto leveling, always manual as we found it lifts the RV unnecessarily to high off the ground.
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:43 PM   #7
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I too never use the auto leveling, always manual as we found it lifts the RV unnecessarily to high off the ground.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:30 PM   #8
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I had to have a mechanic come out through Travel Assist. Two of the jacks were bent. He took the two Jacks off of the RV. Charged me $200.00 . I was able to drive the RV to the dealership for repair. They said it will probably take two weeks for the jacks to arrive. I have only put about 750 miles on this new RV. Most of them are driving to dealership for repairs.
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:08 AM   #9
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I also only use my jacks in manual mode. I have had my RV in a perfect level condition and placed the old fashion level bubbles in a few places in the RV. Once l pull into where we are going to stay l just look at my bubbles and manually use the jacks to level. What ever bubble is the farthest off center is leveled 1st wether that's front to back or side to side, the one that reads the farthest from center is leveled 1st, then the next one is brought to level. It's been working great that way, and l always place blocks (2x10's) under my jack pads 1st thing. And I keep my motor running during this process with the E-brake set and my foot on the break peddle. Once my leveling process is level, I turn off the system, turn off the motor and then slowly take my foot off the break peddle using all my spider senses to try to detect any thing that shouldn't be happening, movement, anything that don't seem right.
One other side note, as I'm pulling into a spot, I'm pulling in very very slowly, my wife is watching the bubbles and giving me verbal reports as to what spots are the closest reading to level. That is where we will stop and start the process.


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Old 06-30-2015, 10:17 AM   #10
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Hello All, sure wish a FR rep would monitor these forums, maybe they do and are hesitant to respond or do so as another RV'er; I have only 1 trip under belt, but have setup RV nearly everyday locally, drive way or local casino, I use the auto level 100%, this topic's discussion gives me pause, the one time we did go to a state park, the RV front tires were off the ground by 2-3 inches, there was a noticeable 'feeling' as I walked about the RV, my Wife (much smaller than me) did not notice; I was concerned if really high winds came thru (we did have a storm, just rain, no big wind) how much that would affect the RV, I told my Wife, if wind started blowing branches around, I was going to pull up the jacks, but we did not have to.

How much wind have you experienced? What are measures (counter) you can take? Pull jacks? Pull in slides? Any advice for a newbie is appreciated, thanks
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