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Old 03-15-2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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Changing Tires with Hydraulic Levelers?

We have a 2016 Sierra 377FLIK with the 6 point hydraulic leveling system.
I have noticed that the auto-level function sometimes raises the RV so that 1 or more tires are off the ground if the site is not so level.
Has anyone used the hydraulics to raise tires off the ground for maintenance or changing a flat?
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:55 PM   #2
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Yup, I use the hydraulics to raise the MH, then put my jackstands under a solid area of the frame for safety.
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:00 PM   #3
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My brother's trailer ( a Montana around 43' ) has the auto levelers. Trailer was new, but he wanted the china bombs gone. Took it to the tire shop, used the levelers to lift all four tires off the ground, and swapped them out. Makes it real easy to just partially rotate the tires if the rig is stored for an extended time.

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Old 03-16-2017, 10:14 PM   #4
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I have used the levelers to repack the wheel bearings and also to swap tires out. Much better than letting a tire shop raise the RV with a jack. Jerry
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:05 PM   #5
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Following our friends when they had a blowout on their Montana. We used the jacks, along with some 2x10 since he was at an angle to raise wheels and change the tire. Had to go to manual mode. The system was saying excessive angle but the low side was the side the bad tire was on. Pressed enter to clear the excessive angle alarm, up/down arrow until manual Mose was displayed and enter. Then raised low side to change tire.

I've also used mine at the tire shop to change to Maxxis tires

2000 miles on his tires. He has since changed to Sailun H rated tires..
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:35 PM   #6
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Auto Leveling

Not a reply about changing tires with AL but my wife and I just purchased a new Outback 325BH with the BAL AL system. My question is does it have to either be plugged into shore power or truck to work? When not plugged in it doesn't turn on when I push the power button. Just wondering as the selling dealer didn't know much about it when we did the walk through.
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:54 PM   #7
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ard, if your coach has two batteries or more, and are in good shape, they should have enough capacity to raise the trailer with the leveling system. My Silverback 29RE has three batteries, and it holds up well for that purpose. It's much better to have it plugged into the truck or into shore power.
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Changing Tires with Hydraulic Levelers

Thanks for the info Davidg. Ours only has 1 battery, but I've been thinking about adding a second one. This helps my decision.
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3 words: Don't Do It!

Every single manufacturer of autolevelers specifically state that you are not to lift any part of the unit off the ground (i.e. tires). Lippert specifically prohibits changing tires with the autolevelers.

When we attended Camp Freightliner this topic was specifically addressed, and our instructor told us about a incident where a guy had used his autolevelers to raise his rig to do maintenance underneath and was subsequently crushed to death when the autolevelers depressurized.

Extreme situation, I know, but the point should be taken: Autolevelers are not jacks.

BluePill is at least being safe about it: if you are going to do it anyway even after being warned, please use jack stands--and make sure that they are load rated for your RV.

Better yet, for all you pull-behind folks just get this:
https://www.amazon.com/Andersen-Manu...sen+rapid+jack

Safe and works like a charm! We had one when we had our 5er and used it on occasion (including swapping out the China Bombs for Maxxis )
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Old 03-17-2017, 01:50 PM   #10
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Bob, I have literature from Lippert that specifically advertises a benefit of their leveling system to be the ease of tire changing.

I think they dropped that from newer ads however.
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