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Old 02-04-2018, 04:58 PM   #41
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Mine were NOT coming down under pressure. I was able to drill a hole in a collar on the cylinder and tap it so i could put a bolt in to contact the ram and prevent it from dropping. (this bolt did not penitrate the hydrolic system) If there was enough pressure in the system there is no way the friction of that bolt would have stopped the ram from moving. If your legs are breaking chains holding the rams up then the pump must be running to build that kind of pressure. That is a much different problem than what i had.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:01 PM   #42
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If your legs are breaking chains holding the rams up then the pump must be running to build that kind of pressure. That is a much different problem than what i had.
I agree... That sounds more like a problem with the switch itself!
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:05 PM   #43
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I agree that failing leveling jacks are a safety issue, especially if one contacts the ground while the rig is in motion, breaks off and plows through a windshield of the vehicle behind you. At that point, knowingly traveling with that condition becomes negligent. Be safe and fix the problem before using the rig again.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:19 PM   #44
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"I have been manually retracting the jacks for some time and holding the up button long enough to hear the strain--no more drifting."

I have always held my retract button on the slides and landing gear for a second or two after they are in. Maybe that is why so far I have not had any issues???
We have manually done our slides and landing gear this same way. We are going to try to do the auto retract the next few times that we move.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:03 PM   #45
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We have manually done our slides and landing gear this same way. We are going to try to do the auto retract the next few times that we move.

I don't think I would do that. I think manually closing is the way to go with holding button for a bit after rams have stopped.

Who knows! Sad we even need to think about this.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:18 PM   #46
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Thanks to an admin or moderator for making this thread a sticky.
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:13 PM   #47
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Leaking Levelers

My DRV is a 2018 36RSSBS, so Lippert is paying to replace the levelers that are leaking. Lippert had 2 suggestions to prevent further leaks.
1. Exercise levelers every 6 weeks to keep seals wet. A "re-level" should work.
2. Squirt a few drops of hydraulic fluid on the seals just before using them.

Also, since I am traveling in a colder climate where the temps are frequently less than 32F, Lippert recommends a different hydraulic fluid other than the OEM fill. I'll be using Dextron D6ATF.

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Well it looks like my front levelers have given up the ghost and now I need to replace them.

I contacted LIPPERT and they took all of my information but said that since it was past the 1 year warranty -- NO LUCK. Would not replace.

Short story -- front levelers were leaking down while going down the road. Had to stop several times on one trip to retract them back up. Took the trailer to RVs For Less for some other work -- while it was there -- over the weekend the front levelers leaked down to the ground.

This is a safety issued so I contacted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and reported the problem.

If you have a similar problem report your problem to them. Safety issues need to be corrected. Here is the link to report the problem:

he link is www.https://www.nhtsa.gov/

Then click on the box --- report a problem.

Anyone with leveler problems should jump on board.

Below is what I got back after I filed my complaint.

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Old 05-31-2018, 10:12 PM   #48
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David= Do you actually have seals leaking on a 2018? They (drv) quit using the style that leaked several years ago, I thought.

1. I never sit that long anywhere.
2. Not sure how to physically do that.
??It gets frequently below 32f where I travel?? Never heard them mention that to anyone before. Since we're talking atf that is used in all cars, even in cold clims, this leaves me scratching my head. Although I have heard of adding fork oil though.

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David= Do you actually have seals leaking on a 2018? They (drv) quit using the style that leaked several years ago, I thought.

1. I never sit that long anywhere.
2. Not sure how to physically do that.
??It gets frequently below 32f where I travel?? Never heard them mention that to anyone before. Since we're talking atf that is used in all cars, even in cold clims, this leaves me scratching my head. Although I have heard of adding fork oil though.

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Bill,
I agree that he should have the newer style jacks. I think the change started in the late 2016 models.
I added this Cat additive and it has been flawless since then.
https://parts.cat.com/en/jariggs/1U-9891
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Old 05-31-2018, 11:16 PM   #50
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My DRV is a 2018 36RSSBS, so Lippert is paying to replace the levelers that are leaking. Lippert had 2 suggestions to prevent further leaks.
1. Exercise levelers every 6 weeks to keep seals wet. A "re-level" should work.
2. Squirt a few drops of hydraulic fluid on the seals just before using them.

Also, since I am traveling in a colder climate where the temps are frequently less than 32F, Lippert recommends a different hydraulic fluid other than the OEM fill. I'll be using Dextron D6ATF.

What do you think?
The only seal you can get to are just dust seals.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:11 PM   #51
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Leaking Level-Ups on a 2018 DRV Mobile Suites

I do have 2 leaking levelers on my 2018 36RSSB3. They are the 2 "8K" units on the port side (not the front leveler). Lippert does not want the leaking level-ups back. So, my curiosity wonders if they can be repaired and stay reliable. Does anyone have an opinion on this?

Lippert suggested using a plastic squirt bottle filled with ATF to squirt the seals before use. I haven't tried this, so I don't know if its possible.

Right now, I'm in an RV park in Port Charlotte, FL & will be here at least until next year. My wife & I haven't moved except for changing site #s within the same RV park. We have lots of family down here we'd like to visit. We will take some short trips (week or 2), but hopefully not a hurricane evacuation.

Our next trip will be through Cincinnati, Ohio to see my father and then to the north-west & up into Canada across the trans-Alaska Highway to see Alaska. There we expect colder weather, but no driving if there is snow. Our visit will be during the Alaskan summer.
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:14 PM   #52
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I have just re-installed my front leg cylinders after they were overhauled at a local hydraulic repair shop. I dug two holes in my gravel parking spot and after removing the pads, disconnecting the hydraulic hoses and releasing the top bolt they dropped out easily. The repair shop inspected them, replaced all seals with quality ones, and tested them. I put them back in today - a little more fiddly - lining up the cylinder to install the top bolt in the off-door side was a bit time consuming. The other side was easy. After reconnecting the hoses etc, they are working well. Time will tell how durable the new seals are. Total time spent to do this was about 10 hours - including digging and filling in the holes and I needed a helper for a couple of hours. Total cost $235.00.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:20 PM   #53
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I have a mobile RV tech coming out tomorrow to look at our front jacks. They are leaking down about an inch every two days. Lippert told me to pound sand so I filed a complaint with the link provided in this post. Lippert knows there is an issue with these jacks so maybe if enough of us file complaints they will own up to it. I sure hope no one gets hurt or worse if one of these things falls while they are under the front. I think at that point Lippert will be up ***** creek.
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