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Posted: 06/07/19 01:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 2008 Itasca that we LOVE except for the leveling effort when we reach our destination. We've had mechanics look at the Power Gear leveling system many times but the issue continues!

Went to the RV leveler blocks many years ago and now find those are cracking and generally need replacing. I understand those that love wood as a leveler, but we've attempted to keep things as lightweight as possible, without sacrificing safety.

Does anyone have a suggestion? What brand of leveling blocks do you use?

We're just not going to give up on this gem of a motor home. On the other hand we don't want to go to concrete slab destinations either! Thanks!


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Exactly what types of issues are you having? Do they not auto adjust, not work at all, get stuck, etc???

I have found that the automatic mode on any of the class A's we have had worked a little wonky. They simply do things and continually micro adjust to the point that it twists and groans and usually ends up with one wheel off the ground. Once I swore the windshield was going to pop out. The auto level simply does way more than it has to. In my experience - in all three class A's we've owned, that manual mode on the leveling jacks is the only way to go. I have a level app on my phone and adjust the jacks accordingly. Way more easier and I think it's overall better for the RV.

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As above, define what is happening when you auto level. We’ve had to train the system as to what is level, and it helps. (We have a different system than you, for mine there is a procedure for “setting the null” which is techno babel for telling the system what is level) At the same time, I’ll say that IF the site is reasonably level to start with, we will press the auto level. Otherwise we will level it manually using the buttons on the controller. Even then sometimes we have to adjust the location of the MH on the site to get it the way we want it.

We don’t use leveling blocks, but do have some wood blocks that I’ll take with us if I know we will be parked on dirt or gravel. These are primarily for providing a good base, so just a single board per foot.

And we have had auto level crack a windshield so be aware.


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Posted: 06/07/19 03:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use the push buttons to get it level
Rather use the buttons to level hydraulically
Than mess with blocks where not needed
If I need blocks, I put them under the leveling jacks
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Posted: 06/07/19 06:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Auto level systems do get out of calibration. Use your manual override, put down each jack until you feel it barely touch ground, then level with your right -left setting forside to side,
Then to your front-rear setting to level front to back.
Dont trust the auto bubble, check with a carpenters level or better yet a frying pan with a little bit of water, its a 4 way level. Move it to several places in the rig, you will be surprised, average what you see. Then if you can recalibrate the system.

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Posted: 06/07/19 06:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've owned 3 coaches with Powergear automatic levelors, never had an issue. Most of the time we look for level sites to begin with. a few times we ended up on sites that were pitched and used them manually, useally with wood blocks under the feet. Seems strange that an RV tech hasn't been able to find the issue and make repairs.


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we are the original owners of the coach in our signature. I used the automatic level function exactly twice in nearly 12 years and 97,000 miles. The automatic level raised the coach way too high. I have learned how to use the MANUAL level function per the instruction manual. Much easier and faster than waiting and watching the automatic function groan on and on while lifting at least one tire off the ground.


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My auto level works great. It does lift a wheel or 2 off the ground when needed, but that’s what makes it level!


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I have a 2007 Winnebago and had a tec. talk on the phone with the manufactor while adjusting the auto leverer .. works great ever since.. good luck on yours





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I have 2007 Allergro that the leveling jacks quit working & the repair shop "reset" the system & now all works well


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