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goots

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Posted: 10/10/13 11:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Made 12x12x2 leveling blocks, should I put under front tires or under the foot of the jacks, I have "Big Foot Jacks" on my 2014 30ft. Forest River Sunseeker Class C Motorcoach

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Posted: 10/10/13 11:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ooooh!!!

If you have bigfoot jacks, you just use them to level out. Don't worry about the tires. Put just a single block underneath each leveler to spread the weight, but if they reach the ground you can just use them without a block too.

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Posted: 10/10/13 11:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

But went I use the jacks the front tires come off the ground??

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Yup, that's the point. The jacks level and support at the frame. Just make sure you LEVEL the whole thing from front/back and side/side.

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Timely topic for us. As new owners of a B+ we were discussing whether we should purchase jacks for leveling. We were recently on a very unlevel lot. We never did get it level enough to suit me with the Lego blocks. I hesitated at purchasing the jacks because being non-mechanical types we didn't know if that would cause a suspension problem for being elevated for several days.


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goots wrote:

But went I use the jacks the front tires come off the ground??


Front wheels off ground ok. Back not so much. I carry some ramps in case I have to park up hill and back is much lower.

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Jacks are too expensive and option for me to add onto my 1983, but I would TOTALLY dig having them.

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I know the levelers are expensive, but definitely worth the money. Best to have them added when you are purchasing your MH and then the cost just gets spread over all those years of the loan and it doesn't feel so bad. :0 the older we get, the more we deserve these luxuries!

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Front jacks on a C are fairly far back from the nose of the rig. A really short Class C (say 22-24-ft) will have the front jacks lifting the rear to an extent, along with the opposite side of the coach. That's because the chassis is pretty narrow and that's where the strength to mount jacks lies.
I can easily see how a C, with jack, trying to level on a site that's front-low, and maybe one-side-low as well, will end up with a front wheel off the ground. Our 24' Holiday (same chassis as yours, Jose, ours had stock 158" wheelbase) often sat with a front wheel lifted when we used its hydraulic jacks.
Our 31-ft has them too, and we use them more often. Still, a lot of the time, we level using 2x8 wooden "ramps" a couple feet long.
Couple suggestions:
If you're buying a new coach want jacks, have them factory installed. You'll probably get a cleaner install job, and the extra cost gets rolled into payments and nearly un-noticeable.
But if you want stability on the campsite, in addition to leveling, installing aftermarket HD Sway Bars like Hellwig will take a lot of sway out. Side benefit is they do what people usually buy them for, better handling on the road. We are far steadier with tires on blocks with sway bars than we were with jacks alone.
Final suggestion: Find a set of hydraulic leveling jacks that will work STRAIGHT DOWN. I think BigFoot does that, and that HWH has "Direct Acting" (meaning straight down) as well as the Kick-Down type we've had. Others' mileage may vary, but I think the kick-down linkage contributes to the jacks' wobbling a little, and I KNOW most of my jack frustrations have to do with a jack trying to extend before it has kicked itself to vertical.


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our new to us winnebago has the hydraulic jacks. when it indicates level it is still off by using a level to check. I have run it up on blocks to get the nose up and put block under the pads to help it raise enough to be level. Just gotta go out and get some more block materials for the thing. One of the major must haves when looking was for jacks and air bags on the rear. The aspect we got has both. PO did not have air in the rear bags and it caused the front to be light, so when able to add it made a big difference.

One of the reasons the wife wanted a MH was so I would not have to get out of truck to set up! Guess what?

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