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Old 08-03-2018, 07:40 PM   #21
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Model: Gemini 24TX (Formerly)
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Its ok if you don't like or want leveling jacks but its also ok to want and like them. I had RV's years ago, and did the drive up on 2X4's to get level, always thought it was a monumental PITA. When we bought our 41 foot DP, it of course had jacks, which worked flawlessly for the eleven years we had that DP. The Gemini came with no stabilizers, no jacks, and I thought because of its small size, it wouldn't be that big a deal, plus we almost always stay in parks with paved sites. Wrong, even being a little off level was annoying, doors swung open or closed, AC dripped water in random places, plus the RV rocked every time anyone walked in it. I had a set of HWH hydraulic auto leveling jacks installed, and for me I would not want to be without them. I frankly do not know of any cases where jacks causes stress cracks or leaks, not to say it couldn't happen, but I suspect, when and if it does happen, its a pretty rare occurrence.

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Old 08-03-2018, 07:57 PM   #22
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Model: THOR Chateua 35SF
State: Georgia
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True, they are nice when you need them. It's been my short experience the few times I've used them, I hear creaking throughout the coach...I think most people do. This is stress being applied somewhere. No proof that it contributes to leaks but leaks seem to be near the top of the list with issues. We dry camped at the Southern Nationals where the open field was anything but level. It was nice having them but the creaking sounds during deployment made my skin crawl. An old-timer here said something about never using auto-level, but to always use manual. That's what I do now and it seems to work a lot better.

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Old 08-03-2018, 08:01 PM   #23
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Model: Tiffin Wayfarer 24 BW
State: New York
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I know that I love my leveling jacks!
I'd choose them over stabilizers every time... If I had the choice!

I even know why they are so expensive: it's because they're worth it!
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:12 AM   #24
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Model: 24SS
State: Colorado
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We have the 26 ft Jayco Melbourne on Sprinter chassis. It has a full-wall slide and stabilizers. No lift system. I like the stabilizers as we put them down before putting out the slide, after we are level. The stabilizers keep the unit from tilting or rocking, especially with the full-wall slide extended. Without the stabilizers, the motorhome would tilt when we put out the full-wall slide. They raise automatically when I forget about them and start the engine. Normally, I raise them prior to bringing in the slide.

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