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Old 06-06-2020, 04:04 PM   #1
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Fluid for jacks

Ok. Iím sure this is a dumb one. How do you know where the fluid level is for the leveling jacks? I opened up the fill spout and looked at the dipstick (not me, the chrome dipstick) and I can see the fluid is hitting the bottom mark (pink in the notch) and that it hasnít hit the top mark (no pink there) but canít tell where it is in between. The fluid is so thin it doesnít really cling or show. What do you guys do here? (And yes, as the pictures suggest, I am sitting under the coach as I type this)
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My manual says 1/2 inch of fill spout with all slides and jacks retracted. My unit (Georgetown 378 2012) is not the same as yours but I don't think there would be a difference.
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Eric you always coming up with new stuff you find on your rig.

I use a small flash light down the hole and you can see the fluid on the side of the tank.
You do have to clean off that tank.
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Old 06-06-2020, 06:27 PM   #4
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The critical part is with all the jacks and slides retracted. If you fill it while those are out, when you bring them in, there will be no room for the fluid to go back in the reservoir and you will have a mess on your hands with hydraulic fluid in places you don't want to have to try to clean up.

Not sure how much hydraulic fluid expands and contracts but I guessing thats why the 1/2" from the top as being a standard.
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Old 06-06-2020, 09:05 PM   #5
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I have that semi-useless dipstick as well, and useless for the reasons you mentioned.

What I did was to take some very careful measurements from each mark to the top of the cap and screwed the cap back on. Then I marked the side of the tank with a magic marker for where those dipstick grooves should be.

As noted, all jacks need to be up and if you have hydraulic slides they need to be in. The attached picture shows mine but with the jacks up. I have electric slides. If I remember correctly, when the jacks are down the fluid is below the bottom mark by a bit but nowhere near the bottom of the tank.

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Old 06-06-2020, 09:22 PM   #6
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Eric you always coming up with new stuff you find on your rig.

I use a small flash light down the hole and you can see the fluid on the side of the tank.
You do have to clean off that tank.


Iím a dependable disaster every Spring! :-)
This now marks my 3rd one. Thanks for all the help!!!
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Thumbs up Try this to see fluid level

The hydraulic fluid is so clear (although itís pink) that it really is different if not impossible to read the level on the shiny metal dipstick.

Hereís my tip.....

First off, all slides and jacks MUST be in the retracted position for measuring.
Remove the dipstick, and clean it so itís PERFECTLY dry.
Wrap some masking tape lengthwise on the shaft of the dipstick.
You should be able to feel for, and mark the line level marks with ink.
Insert the dipstick and screw to snug.
Remove the dipstick.....it should be easy to see the hydraulic fluid level now.

Hope that helps.
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The hydraulic fluid is so clear (although itís pink) that it really is different if not impossible to read the level on the shiny metal dipstick.

Hereís my tip.....

First off, all slides and jacks MUST be in the retracted position for measuring.
Remove the dipstick, and clean it so itís PERFECTLY dry.
Wrap some masking tape lengthwise on the shaft of the dipstick.
You should be able to feel for, and mark the line level marks with ink.
Insert the dipstick and screw to snug.
Remove the dipstick.....it should be easy to see the hydraulic fluid level now.

Hope that helps.
Just don't forget to remove the tape when done. You don't want it coming off inside the tank.
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Just don't forget to remove the tape when done. You don't want it coming off inside the tank.
Youíre right. Forget to mention that. Thanks.
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If it's not possible to see the level through the cleaned up tank just stick a finger in the fill and see where the level is. Fill till you touch it about 1/2 inch from top. I believe it is not a precise measurement of exactly 1/2 inch from top.
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If it's not possible to see the level through the cleaned up tank just stick a finger in the fill and see where the level is. Fill till you touch it about 1/2 inch from top. I believe it is not a precise measurement of exactly 1/2 inch from top.
Sure you can. Look at the picture. And if you can't use a flashlight down the filler hole and look at the outside of the tank.
You can see the line.
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Sure you can. Look at the picture. And if you can't use a flashlight down the filler hole and look at the outside of the tank.
You can see the line.
I did say "IF it's not possible" not "it's not possible". I don't need a dipstick. Don't need hash marks. I can see level through my tank.
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I did say "IF it's not possible" not "it's not possible". I don't need a dipstick. Don't need hash marks. I can see level through my tank.
I see said the blind man.
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Old 06-07-2020, 07:56 PM   #14
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Fluid for jacks

For your entertainment Iím coming to you again from under my rig.

I tried both the masking tape and the flashlight technique and can confirm they both work very well. Thank you for the guidance. The tank is safely full!

In filling the tank I noticed the round rubber cover at the front of the pump is not sealing completely (see red arrow). Anyone know what this is for?
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For your entertainment Iím coming to you again from under my rig.

I tried both the masking tape and the flashlight technique and can confirm they both work very well. Thank you for the guidance. The tank is safely full!

In filling the tank I noticed the round rubber cover at the front of the pump is not sealing completely (see red arrow). Anyone know what this is for?
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Great news.
Glad to hear you found the tank and filled it up.

Now the rubber boot at the end of the motor is for in case the motor fails and you have to raise the levelers or pull in the slides.

You hook a battery or electric drill with a socket to the end and turn the pump to retract slides or whatever.

Here is a document to tell you how to do that plus I added the control panel troubleshooting doc
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