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Old 11-09-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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Leveling vs stability

I just recently purchased a FR3 25DS 2016 (my first RV) coming from the fifth wheel community. Do you use the jacks to stabilize the RV as well as leveling? There seems to be a mixed bag on manual vs. auto leveling. This is all brand new to me so I could use some advice as we are setting out for a week at he beach.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:59 PM   #2
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Leveling vs stability

I have a 30DS and have found that the levelers are also great stabilizers. Even if the site is level, I still lower the jacks until I can feel them just hit the ground. As long as your tires aren't off the ground, this makes the coach very stable. If a wheel does have to be up in the air, I put a block under it. I almost always use the manual leveling method.
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Old 11-09-2015, 02:00 PM   #3
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I just recently purchased a FR3 25DS 2016 (my first RV) coming from the fifth wheel community. Do you use the jacks to stabilize the RV as well as leveling? There seems to be a mixed bag on manual vs. auto leveling. This is all brand new to me so I could use some advice as we are setting out for a week at he beach.
dD's method works well. The only thing I would add is triggered by your mention of "beach". I suggest that if you are parking on soft ground that you consider using pads under the feet to spread the weight out. The cheapest and best pads that I found were the thick plastic 11x14 (ish) cutting boards that are plentiful at WallyMart and similiar stores.
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Thanks for the tips! Really helpful.
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:57 PM   #5
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The auto-level has never agreed with my carpenters level. I alway us manual.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:10 AM   #6
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I did a "zero level calibration", I think it is called with mine. I was in a "level" parking lot. I had my jacks down and pressed auto level. When the cycle was done I used a four foot level to check how level the trailer was. It was not far off level.

I put the leveling system in manual mode and leveled manually. Once it was level I powered the leveling system off pressed, I think front and rear buttons, simultaneously 10 times.

That is what was in the manual.
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djeirlessr,
I believe you are talking about a 1/2 ton towable product. If so, your levelup is different then the motorized levelup folks are talking about in this FR3 section. I read your posts in another thread here and I dont think you are getting the information you need to address your concerns. Your jacks are adjustable (to a point) which could solve your wheels off the ground issue. You might be better served by posting in the Crusader section where folks have direct experience with your type of unit.
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Though it could end up the same you are really leveling the ammonia powered fridge.
Using the floor of the the freezer as the reference point.
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:58 PM   #9
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I don't know how precise it happens to be but the Lippert Components manual for LCI Motorized Leveling Owners Manual page 10 refers to a Level Zero Point Calibration. This calibration when completed is to adjust the "bubble" in the ecm to what is zero on your level. It doesn't take a special surface just a point in your coach that you wish to level your world to.
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I have done the zero point calibration and it works, but I don't like the way the Auto Mode works. Therefore I need a reference for manually leveling. Plus, the green light has a fairly wide range of acceptance, so if I have everything at my fingertips I can get it level to my satisfaction without having to move around.
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