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Old 04-01-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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5er landing gear question

We recently traded our Heritage Glen TT for a 2016 Chapparal 360IBL FW. My question is in regards to lowering the landing gear. If I am extending the legs, do I need to make on leg longer than the other when setting up on uneven ground or do I just extend them out the same number of holes with the spring pins and then hit the button to extend them to the ground and level the trailer from front to back? I'm concerned about twisting the frame if I do this wrong. There were a couple of campgrounds where we stayed last year that were sloped side to side, making one side of our trailer higher off the ground than the other when leveled. Never a concern with the TT, but wondering if it would be with landing gear instead of a tongue jack. I looked for a thread regarding this question but couldnt find any.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:52 PM   #2
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great question as i am curious to read the responses myself.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:56 PM   #3
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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If you get your rig fairly level by using some kind of blocks/boards under the tires when first setting up then the extended length of each landing gear pad will be adjusted so they are both of equal distance to the ground (or block if used) as needed, regardless of whether it is the same amount of holes.

If you kept both landing gear lengths the same number of holes down and the distance to the ground was uneven, one leg would touch first and try to do all the weight lifting, creating the frame twist you referred to. That's bad.

EDIT... While the holes in the legs will get you close, I always carry several thickness's of boards to be able to do what I described above
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I traded a Jayco 5er in for a Heritage Glen TT...

Anyway...I always made sure the 5er was level, then pulled the pins to drop the landing gear. I then pressed the extend button and let the pins snap into place...equalizing themselves.
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:05 PM   #6
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I block up the lower side so I'm down the same number of holes then raise it up to unhitch and lower if necessary once unhitched. Hope I've been doing it right.

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Old 04-01-2016, 03:12 PM   #7
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I block up the lower side so I'm down the same number of holes then raise it up to unhitch and lower if necessary once unhitched. Hope I've been doing it right.

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No need to block up the lower side as long as you have enough adjustment holes to make up the distance and still be able to raise your unit for unhitching. Once you lower one side to touch the ground, simply lower the other to do the same. Makes no difference to the jack leg as far as lifting whether one side is longer than the other side as long as they both touch at the same time.
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Good Question, and from your question it will be assumed until posted differently you have only a single motor on the front landing gear so both legs extend at the same time. Will also assume you have leveled the FW from side to side by placing blocks on the low side and pulling the FW on the blocks. If this is the case then blocking will most likely need to placed under the foot plates of the front jacks on the low side to try and level the front of the FW. You can also choose a different hole for the pin if needed. It is best to extend the jack at least 1/2 the distance to the ground before dropping inter jack leg tube. Having a single motor system does make it difficult to level the front. May take some trial and error. Consider adding one of these to one or both of the jacks or consider changing to a dual motor system. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...17-940007.html
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:18 PM   #9
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So, I'm not being overly cautious. I knew I could get a good answer here. I've only had it out once, and we camped on a site that was level from sided to side, so no problem. I got to wondering when I was putting down my rear stabilizers. I have the electric ones that come down together on each side and equalize themselves with ground contact. Didn't think landing gear worked like that, but wanted to be sure. To all that answered, Thanks for helping me out.
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I have an adjustable foot on one side. I put the legs down and when the non-adjustable foot is almost touching the ground, I wind down the adjustable foot so it is at the same distance from the ground as the other foot. A friend gave it to me so I am not sure where one can be purchased.


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