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Posted: 03/24/20 04:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

garyp4951 wrote:

Did you run them way out every time you set up, and not drop the inner legs? Just curious, but I have seen this posted before about not being able to grease them too.


I have to run them out a couple of inches farther since I have the Andersen ultimate hitch when hooking and unhooking. Otherwise, I would say no farther than any of the other 5ers I've had. I always drop the inner leg some. How much depends on the level of the site. I've had some where the slope to the front is high enough that the front landing gear have to go almost all of the way back in to get the camper level. I also use 6x6 blocks under all 4 of them when I can.


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Super_Dave wrote:

What is the material clogging the screw leg?


What appears to be grease is actually the metal of the gears on top of the leg that extends. That's the second picture looking at the top of that leg where that material used to be. It was hard to get a decent pictures with my phone.

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Super_Dave wrote:

Birdnst wrote:

I cannot resist Dave did you not read th op

I did but I guess it didn’t translate in my question. What was the gear made of?

I'll accept that, sorry.


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B.O. Plenty wrote:

Considering most of the weight is on the wheels, the actual load on those front jacks isn't that high. Thousands of trailers have them and yes they do require some maintenance. They don't cost a lot and are easy to change.
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This is their auto leveling system where the two front legs work independently of each other. Depending on how level the site is, they will take some weight of off the tires sometimes. I don't consider $450.00 per legs cheap and that was the best price I could find on them. I had to buy the entire assembly which includes motor and gearbox. I don't trust them now and will return to putting boards under the tires to level side to side before hitting the auto level. Kind of defeats the purpose of having the auto level. There is nowhere to get grease in them without taking them off and disassembling them. That's why I'm thinking of drilling the hole and at least getting some grease on the gear above the leg that extends.
Whoa! They look just like the standard electric leveling jacks that many RVs have. They have a screw jack inside just like those. Might be worth comparing them.
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B.O. Plenty wrote:

rconkin wrote:

B.O. Plenty wrote:

Considering most of the weight is on the wheels, the actual load on those front jacks isn't that high. Thousands of trailers have them and yes they do require some maintenance. They don't cost a lot and are easy to change.
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This is their auto leveling system where the two front legs work independently of each other. Depending on how level the site is, they will take some weight of off the tires sometimes. I don't consider $450.00 per legs cheap and that was the best price I could find on them. I had to buy the entire assembly which includes motor and gearbox. I don't trust them now and will return to putting boards under the tires to level side to side before hitting the auto level. Kind of defeats the purpose of having the auto level. There is nowhere to get grease in them without taking them off and disassembling them. That's why I'm thinking of drilling the hole and at least getting some grease on the gear above the leg that extends.
Whoa! They look just like the standard electric leveling jacks that many RVs have. They have a screw jack inside just like those. Might be worth comparing them.
B.O.


I would consider switching to an old style, but, would lose the ability to level with them. Each of the 4 legs have their own motor and gearbox with an integrated circuit board that counts the revolutions that they turn to know how far they are extended. I was unable to find just parts and had to order complete assemblies. The attached link says they have a 5,000 lb capacity. LCI's website says 15,500 for the total system whether it is the 4 leg electric or 6 leg hydraulic. I'm wishing now I would have bought one with the hydraulics. I asked my local dealer and they said it would cost 5-6,000 to change over to hydraulic so that's really not an option. Oh well, I'll know next time.

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I had that happen on a manual crank jack many years ago. I was able to replace just the "nut". And the replacement part worked for many years after. You might be able to have a machine shop make you a new part from steel.


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