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Old 03-31-2014, 04:26 PM   #1
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Leveling jacks for the Interstate ?

We are interested in the Interstate EXT. In ads for some, I have seen leveling jacks mentioned as being included. Is this a typo error or can they be factory ordered ? I would expect an after market source is available if you want them. That brings me to the next question - what do most owners do ?
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:03 PM   #2
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Never heard of leveling jacks for an Interstate. I think most of us use leveling pads which interlock together like Lego, so you build them up in a ramp form to the height you need and drive onto them.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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Some sprinter based class C RV's have levelling jacks. I suppose they could be retrofited to an Interstate provided the areas required for mounting are free of undercarriage systems such as the generator, water tanks, etc.

My last RV had jacks and while convenient, it was ANOTHER system to stay on top off not to mention the reduction in carrying capacity.

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We used to get blown around some when parked on beach with high winds, so I was actually considering this. Once I upgraded the suspension to the Koni's we no longer have this problem. Have to watch how/were you park to try to get the van as level as possible, but I haven't had much problem in the year I've owned mine now (a little over 60 nights out in it).
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What you want isn't leveling jacksó leveling should always be done by blocking the tires because they're the load-bearing membersó and even an extended Interstate doesn't have overhangs long enough to really need leveling jacks to keep the ends from sagging.

What you're actually talking about is stabilizer jacks, to keep your Interstate from rocking. You could actually do something about this with what you have on board. Get out your tire-changing jack, and put it at the very rear, under the frame on one side where the receiver is attached. Jack it up until the van rises ever-so-slightly on its springs. Remove the jack handle, and you're done. If you try this, consider putting the jack on the passenger-side rear, since whether you do side entrance or rear entrance (for those with the twin-bed layout and an accessible rear door) so that as you stwp up the jack resists the van sagging under your added weight.

Before you try this, though, be warned; I haven't tried it myself because I haven't felt the need. If you try it, you do it at your own risk.

Or you can get a "univeral" stabilizer system from Camping World: Universal RV Stabilizer - Valterra 020106 - Stabilizing Jacks - Camping World and hook it up under your receiver. This has the advantage that it spans both frame rails, unlike the tire-changing jack that only engages one frame rail.
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:36 PM   #6
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As usual you are correct PRO!
Stabilizers is what we considered.

If be working on my laptop and wife would be walking around so my mouse would slide, was just a pain.

But with upgrade shocks it works great no more rocking.
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Kind of on the subject. Yesterday my electric jack kept shorting out. I think I found the problem but I could not figure out how to lower the jack by hand. I read the manual and did what they said but still could not see where or how to lower the jack. I was wondering how I was going to disconnect from the TV.
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Kind of on the subject. Yesterday my electric jack kept shorting out. I think I found the problem but I could not figure out how to lower the jack by hand. I read the manual and did what they said but still could not see where or how to lower the jack. I was wondering how I was going to disconnect from the TV.
Not really on-topic, but here's a quick fix… Get out your tire-changing jack from your tow vehicle, and use that to lift the tongue off the ball. Make sure you chock the trailer tires first since it's possible for the trailer to fall off a portable jack if the trailer moves.

Once you've got the trailer loose from the tow vehicle, put a stack of timber blocks (or a jack stand, if you've got one) under the tongue at the right height so you can lower the tongue onto the blocks. Then you'll have a lot more room to work on the tongue jack without a truck bumper bumping you.
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Actually, there is a system of actual hydraulic levelling jacks. It is available from HWH, the leading US MANUFACTURER of hydraulic levelling systems and slide out mechanisms available here.

Their systems are quite robust and when properly installed, will level (not just stabilize) your coach automatically. These can be found on many Sprinter based Class C conversions like Winnebago and Itasca and should be available for the 3500 Sprinters.
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Lew,
Thanks for the update. I thought as many as are on the road, someone would make such a system. We did buy a used '14 EXT model and will fly to Ft. Myers, FL to pick it up tomorrow. We will probably stick with the leveling blocks method - at least until we see what problems, if any, we encounter.
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