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Posted: 07/26/12 09:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our new fifth wheel will be here in the next two weeks and am wondering if those that have the hydraulic leveling (Big Foot) carry wood or plastic blocks. I have no idea how much travel these hydraulic cylinders have. If your campsite is out of level it seems to me you might need theses blocks. Just curious as to what you (that have the system) do. Thanks in advance for any help.

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I only carry some 3/4" plywood to place under the pads for a larger footprint, but I don't camp either. Front legs have 30" of travel and rear about 24" I believe. You could check at the website or call Bigfoot.

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Posted: 07/26/12 11:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the 6 point Lippert system on a Montana and carry 6 pieces of 2 X 10 X 10 wood to use as needed. My favorite campground requires wood be used on all sites.


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Posted: 07/26/12 12:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just carry four pieces of 2X10 about two feet long to use if the ground is soft and on asphalt.

Leveling has never been an issue, although there was one city park where the front legs were extended farther than I was comfortable with so I just moved around in the site to a more level position.

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I had the Big Foot system retro fitted last September. You're gonna love this system ! I still carry some of the plastic levelers & a few squares of plywood in the storage area but haven't needed em yet.

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I've been full time in a 5th wheel with factory installed BF for just over a year moving every 2-4 weeks. On one occasion I had a REALLY out of level site and one back jack didn't reach. I raised it, put a couple blocks under it, hit auto again and all was well.

I carry one set of those yellow plastic blocks just in case.


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I have a 2012 Carriage Cameo with the Big Foot system. First to answer your question. You can put the system on manual and check the travel of the front and rear jacks. In order for your system to self level, you must have the front higher that the rear. Your panel will tell you when this is accomplished as you raise the front jacks. Big Foot states that it is not necessary to put anything under the feet, but I do anyway, just to keep them cleaner. I would not hurt that if you noticed the site was way out of skew that you put a couple of 4x6 under one of the jacks.

Once your unit is higher in the front, hit "auto" and then let it do its thing.

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I think you could always get by without any, but I carry a few boards with me. We go to a core park some times and there sites have loose gravel on them and I think our trailer is more stable if I put blocks of wood under the pads.


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We had the BF system added to our Carriage just about 3 years ago. With the auto and manual functions, they leveled us in the most un- even of sites and we haven't had to use anything underneath. Di


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Posted: 07/27/12 07:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It can level your tires right off the ground so we carry a bag of the levelers to place under the tires when this happens. We also carry wooden blocks to place under each jack. Big Foot can be temperamental but we love it.


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