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I am considering purchasing a used Class A that has no leveling jacks. I was wondering if purchasing a set of 4 scissor type jacks would be a good idea. Any brand/model that I should look for and where can I get a good price?
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WE purchased ours that way and that was before we knew much about motor homes.That decision is one of our biggest regrets and would never do it again. Scissor jacks do not work as well and they are a pain in the butt to put up and take down. Bob.

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Scissor jacks are NOT for leveling, only to stabilize. Any rig without hydraulic or electric levelers would be one I'd walk away from. I've had both with and without. No way would I consider going back to screwing around with boards, bricks, etc., to get somewhat level.

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Knowing I could install hydraulic jacks for about $2000, I built that into the amount I offered for the purchase of my Coachmen.


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Go and look around at other Class A motorhomes.. Get an idea as to what there is to offer. The jacks you are considering are not an option to do what you want to do with a class A, it will not work.

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NOT for leveling
ok for stabilizing, for those that don't or cant get their sea legs

but you can't raise and level a 20,000+ class a with scissor jacks

plan on using leveling blocks under the tires
or figure on additional cost for jacks to the RV


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Scissor jacks won't do what you are asking. The coach is just too heavy. I us a 12 ton bottle jack and two 12 ton jack stands to level my coach. About $100 from Northern Tool. 90% of my trips are two night weekends so I normally maneuver the coach within the camp site to a level spot. Chassis bounce isn't much of a concern with just two of us. I break out the jack and stands if we're out for more than three nights. Takes about 30 minutes to get set and 10 to break down. Saving up for hydraulics as the next big project.

Also I did use not having jacks as a negotiating item to get the price down when I bought the coach.


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OK, to clarify, I understand that scissor jacks are not for "Leveling" a Class A. I would be using them strictly for "stabilizing" My budget isn't what a lot of others is. I am looking in the 10g range and hydrolic leveling jacks isn't likely to be included in what I will be looking at. I just want to minimize the wobbling when walking around.
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They'll stop the wobbling. Carry a long extension, the right size socket and strong cordless drill to speed up the process.

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