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topjimmy

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Posted: 08/17/19 11:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My thoughts Exactly I have had 2 5er's with auto level and been a fulltimer for 7 years and I have rarely had a problem auto leveling but just like CarnationSailor said I do sometimes put a few of those orange blocks on the middle and rear jacks from getting Hyper-extended and by the way I have had my wheels off the ground MANY times and the jacks can handle it no problem just a little more wobble inside that's all and also anybody that is manually leveling with auto level is not doing something right or they need to recalibrate the system
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I just can't bring myself to manually level the 5th when I have auto-level available, so I never pre-level by putting blocks under the tires. and also anybody that is Manually leveling with the auto system is not doing something right or you need to recalibrate the system

At first I was concerned about the tires being off the ground, but then postings on this forum convinved me that the jecks are designed to carry the weight of the trailer when the tires are off the ground.

Also, after observing all the Class A's with their front tires off the ground on sites that are barely out-of-level front to back, I am further convinced that tires off the ground is not a problem.

However, on an unlevel site, I do use blocks under any jack where they are needed to prevent the jack being "hyper extended".



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topjimmy Wrote:
have had my wheels off the ground MANY times and the jacks can handle it no problem just a little more wobble inside that's all

I agree with everything you said. However I'm concerned that that wobble could potentially tweek one of the jacks. I am probably worrying about nothing but as a precaution I place boards beneath the wheels to take the weight off of the jacks.


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Can't beat the Pineboard levelling system. Never fails. If it cracks, it becomes firewood.


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About how far out of level to lift the wheels? I would think that would have to be at least 5" or 6".


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cougar28 wrote:

About how far out of level to lift the wheels? I would think that would have to be at least 5" or 6".


Last year during hunting season, we had about a foot difference side to side and over a foot front to back. It kinda sucked.....but it was what we had to work with. The left side tires were about 8 to 10 inches off of terra firma! memtb


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I haven’t measured but it looks like my Lippert system jacks have about 6” of stroke. If you’re on a site that uses up 4” of stroke to level front to back, you only have 2” of stroke left for side to side leveling so, before I do anything, I check both ways and if both are way out of level, I block the wheels and save the stroke for front to back. It sux to get the out of stroke code a 1/4” out of level.


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I don’t worry about the wheels coming off the ground. The frame can handle it.


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I have had a four point system for a year and a half now, and I am thinning out the amount of lumber I carry. We mainly boondock, and have had both wheels on one side or the other in the air many times. The shackles will not flip, at least on my trailer. I mainly carry blocks to put under the jacks feet now.

I will not be without autolevel anymore.


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I have the 6 point auto. First make sure the zero point (level) is set in the system. I add a few lego's under each leg, a few extra to an obvious low side, or front to back. Let the system level and you good to go. The shorter the legs the less wobble.


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I was in a few campsitres that were at least 6" off side to side,and I dont prelevel the trailer. I walk around and place my blocks where I want them then hit autolevel. it may take some getting used to how many jackblocks to use and where so you dont get out of storke errors or jack errors, but after a few you start thinkinking about it a little more.

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