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Old 11-02-2018, 03:50 PM   #1
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Hydralic or manual levelers

Have any of you added levelers to their Vegas or Axis? Iím sick and tired of using the ď legoĒ system to level my MH. Itís tedious and time consuming!
I know some people have added stablizers but I need a means to actually level my Axis. I inquired at a local RV center and they quoted me $12000 to $15000 to add hydralic levelers. No way I can afford that. Is there a manual system that could be added that wouldn't be so expensive?
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Old 11-02-2018, 03:59 PM   #2
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Just my opinion...
But it sounds as if you asked a dealer who doesn't actually want to do the work.
The kits aren't cheap; they're also nowhere near that expensive!
And they ARE worth it!

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Old 11-02-2018, 04:05 PM   #3
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Where did you have yours installed?
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:24 PM   #4
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Our Outlaw came with them as standard equipment...
On our new rig: they were just about a $2200 option...

Camping World sells the complete kits for $2600 to $4100.
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:43 PM   #5
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You might want to read this thread:
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:02 PM   #6
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Manual will be no better than what you are doing now. Go auto or go bust!
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:19 PM   #7
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It IS awful nice to just have to push a button or two...
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:53 PM   #8
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I just installed the Big Foot Hydro levelers on my Axis and I love them. They were on sale for less than $2000 and I installed myself (big job).

If I had time to go up to Sturgis MI I would have had Quadra (the manufactures of Big Foot) install them. I think they were only like $500 or $600 to install? (call them to make sure). So like $2600 (or under $3000) for the platinum system installed.

Look them up and give them a call.

The lego blocks got real old to me. One time I spent like 30 - 40 minutes just getting "close enough" to level. Save your lego block to put under the jack feet that way you can get more lift for the real unlevel spots.
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Old 11-02-2018, 06:52 PM   #9
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When I was shopping I ran into an old man that said, if you can operate your RV as easy as you can pick your nose...it's the right one. Push button everything!
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Old 11-02-2018, 07:37 PM   #10
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When I was shopping I ran into an old man that said, if you can operate your RV as easy as you can pick your nose...it's the right one. Push button everything!
I agree: as long as you don't dive in deeper than the second knuckle!
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:01 PM   #11
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I agree: as long as you don't dive in deeper than the second knuckle!
I agree. Either hand.
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:23 PM   #12
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I have a 2018 Siesta 24SS and had the Equalizer Hydraulic Leveler System install for $6,000 (kit was around $3400 plus labor to install). The system has a push button pad and you can also operate it from your smart phone or tablet. Mt bill showed 16 hours of labor to install it. Had it done in Fontana, CA. at J&L RV (family owned and operated rv business). They are also a THOR authorized repair shop.
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:16 PM   #13
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$3,400 labor charge for 16 hours of work...

$212.50 per hour!

If I could get that for mowing lawns...
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:48 PM   #14
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IMO hydraulic is the way to go, but you need to check with another dealer or shop. I had a fully automatic HWH hydraulic leveling system installed in my Gemini, by the dealer, for nowhere even close to what you were quoted.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:13 AM   #15
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I installed my Big Foot on my own, by myself on a cement driveway and it took 2.5 weekends to complete. It was a BIG JOB for one person esp without a lift but totally do able for someone that is a weekend mechanic with a good assortment of tools. The hardest thing was drilling holes in the frame. I know.... I know.... "Drilling holes is not big deal" Thats what I thought too. Well im hear to tell you: They kick my _ _ _. I broke 20 + bits, took forever for some reason, nothing went smooth. Very thick and hard metal to drill though. But once that was done it was not that bad and I would NOT pay over $1000 to have it installed by someone else.

If I had to do it over again I would of hired someone weld on the brackets and finished the rest myself (Or if I had time go up to Big Foot in Sturgis MI and have them install it).

Big Foot installs my kit in like 4 or 5 hours (weld on).
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Old 11-03-2018, 02:15 PM   #16
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I installed my Big Foot on my own, by myself on a cement driveway and it took 2.5 weekends to complete. It was a BIG JOB for one person esp without a lift but totally do able for someone that is a weekend mechanic with a good assortment of tools. The hardest thing was drilling holes in the frame. I know.... I know.... "Drilling holes is not big deal" Thats what I thought too. Well im hear to tell you: They kick my _ _ _. I broke 20 + bits, took forever for some reason, nothing went smooth. Very thick and hard metal to drill though. But once that was done it was not that bad and I would NOT pay over $1000 to have it installed by someone else.

If I had to do it over again I would of hired someone weld on the brackets and finished the rest myself (Or if I had time go up to Big Foot in Sturgis MI and have them install it).

Big Foot installs my kit in like 4 or 5 hours (weld on).
Good on you for doing it. And now we know how tough it is to drill into the frame of these RVs. Welding would be easier. I thought I might do some drilling in frame to put something else on mine and you talked me out of it, thank you.
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:14 PM   #17
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Some frames, IE: the Sprinter chassis, can not be drilled or welded to according to Mercedes. HWH makes a completely bolt on kit for those vehicles, which is what was installed on mine.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:24 PM   #18
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You misunderstood what I said. It was $3,400 for the system/parts plus it took 16 hours to install.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:27 PM   #19
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I too checked around and both the HWH or the Equalizer were about the same price. Both systems are bolt on since I have a Mercedes Sprinter Chassis.
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:37 AM   #20
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You misunderstood what I said. It was $3,400 for the system/parts plus it took 16 hours to install.
No, I understood you just fine. But you also said it was $6000 total installed.

So that means $2600 for labor. Not sure why 16 hours for pro's to install. Big Foot told me a couple of months ago they use 3 guys per a job - weld on the brackets (drilling holes for the brackets is what took me so long to install my kit) - and they are done in like 4 or 5 hours.

I know each kit is different but 16 sounds a bit high to me. Hopefully not.

And my kit is the stripped down entry level kit - but works for me.
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