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Old 05-06-2018, 04:41 AM   #41
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I ordered Maxima fork oil grade 15 off of Amazon and performed this procedure this morning per this bulletin: https://www.lci1.com/images/support/lipsheet/0295.pdf

One thing about this procedure that I did I'm not 100% on is that it says "Extend all hydraulic cylinders and jacks fully." This means that my front wheels were off the ground and I felt the coat slightly shift to one side.

Perhaps it's the spot, and I am being over sensitive to this. But I think the jacks are pointing a slightly different direction. I could have sworn they used to be straight up and down.

Today was a travel day so we moved from one destination to the next. Now that we are in our new destination, it seems now that the ram portion of the jacks are slightly pointed outwards. I verified that the frame welds were still good and it doesn't appear that the frame rails are bent. I'm really not sure where the extra play would have come from to make them appear as though perhaps the weight of the MH may moved the tips of the jacks outwards.

Am I just being crazy here? I'm just concern about bending my frame rails with the jacks.
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:53 PM   #42
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Just figured out another possible cause for jack noise. Tire pressure. TP will vary with daily temp changes and sun shining directly on tire. TP changes could cause small changes in tire diameter - change chassis height and thus load on jacks. End result could be slight ram movement with more movement due to walking around in coach and changing weight distribution.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:42 PM   #43
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Just figured out another possible cause for jack noise. Tire pressure. TP will vary with daily temp changes and sun shining directly on tire. TP changes could cause small changes in tire diameter - change chassis height and thus load on jacks. End result could be slight ram movement with more movement due to walking around in coach and changing weight distribution.
Good point. I've seen significant tire temperature changes just driving down the road when the sun is shining on one side. l

Follow up from my post. After two weeks I am happy to report that most of the creaking jack noise has gone away. I am still getting infrequent pops from my rear passenger jack. I'm going to continue to monitor. I'm optimistic it just needs to work through the system a bit more with a few more moves.
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Old 03-26-2021, 09:06 PM   #44
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As mentioned if I use the auto level setting on my Hurricane it
raises the front end too high (wheels off the ground).

So I have gone to using the manual settings and place a level on
the floor or counter top to get the rig level. Works much better.
The thor manual tells in detail how to recalibrate your levelers. It's one of the better things they explain in there.
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Old 03-26-2021, 09:10 PM   #45
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Not a motorhome, but on our 5er they recommended with all jacks & slides (if hydraulic) retracted then remove 1qt of the fluid from the reservoir & replace/top off with 1qt of 15w motorcycle fork oil & then cycle slides/jacks 2-3 times to mix in the new oil & work any air out. Worked on mine, no more popping/creaking.
Never heard of using anything but the standard hydraulic fluid....never oil. Sounds strange.
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Old 03-26-2021, 10:56 PM   #46
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Never heard of using anything but the standard hydraulic fluid....never oil. Sounds strange.
Fork oil is a type of hydraulic fluid just as hydraulic fluid is a type of oil. The procedure Travelen'Texans described is recommended by Lippert using ant-stiction fork oil. I did it to my coach 4 years ago.
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Old 03-27-2021, 01:58 AM   #47
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Fork oil is a type of hydraulic fluid just as hydraulic fluid is a type of oil. The procedure Travelen'Texans described is recommended by Lippert using ant-stiction fork oil. I did it to my coach 4 years ago.
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Old 03-27-2021, 02:05 AM   #48
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All of our creaking and more aptly clicking was when walking around the MH. I started putting 2'x2' x3/4" exterior plywood landing pads under the jacks and all the clicking went bye.
As an aside I wanted to add the snap pads to eliminate crawling around putting down lumber but so far this spring I have tried several places online including Snap pad and they are out of stock
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Old 03-27-2021, 02:25 AM   #49
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Never heard of using anything but the standard hydraulic fluid....never oil. Sounds strange.
Been around for awhile... 2013 and then again in 2018 to be exact.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:56 PM   #50
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I had the same problem on my Thor Tuscany.it was suggested that I get rv jack pads,and after I pull or back into my site hit the switch to lower the coach
Then lower jacks.problem
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Old 04-11-2021, 01:37 PM   #51
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THANK YOU! One more problem bites the dust. Just ordered QT and huge syringe to remove fluid.
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:02 AM   #52
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Geez with everybody buying up motorhomes it's even hard to get aftermarket goodies. My Snap Pads finally came in today 6 weeks after I placed the order!
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Old 04-15-2021, 05:23 PM   #53
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The previous Motorhome we had did it all the time, more when the jacks are up a bit higher. More as it got older.

Turns out the noise is the effect of taking the weight off of the springs (Air bag guys ignore this). You are lifting the body and the weight off of the springs and when you walk around inside or the wind blows the body moves and the springs creak back and forth. There is isolator pads on most springs but that does not help to reduce the noise.

After a day or so in camp it is mostly reduced because the springs have found a spot to sit where movement doesn't make them rub on each other. When you break camp and retract the jacks, you most likely hear some sound from the springs.

Harden steel springs make some interesting noises sometimes.
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