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Old 06-26-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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How come my 1990 \290 has no leveling jacks...i am the 3rd owner,where they ever installed and taken out,or never part of that model???if so can i install some at this point???? a lot of questions!!!
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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How come my 1990 \290 has no leveling jacks...i am the 3rd owner,where they ever installed and taken out,or never part of that model???if so can i install some at this point???? a lot of questions!!!
It was a option the original owner choose not to purchase. You can buy and install but very expensive, $4,000 to $5,000. I bought a used set and installed myself. Overall cost was about $2,000 and a bit of work but well worth it.

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Old 06-26-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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OH dear,i think i pass on that one,just too costly,will stick to wooden boards etc....thanks for the info.M
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:03 PM   #4
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Martine,
Even with the 'leveling-jacks' it's important to use the wooden boards (or something simliar) Seems that leveling-jacks was a bit of a misnomer concerning our Airstreams. They're more like stablizing jacks, to keep motorhome from 'rocking' while at campsite. If used as leveling jacks, they tend to twist the motorhome chassis frame, sometimes so that it's difficult to open or close your entry door.
I've got the yellow plastic 'LEGO' type blocks for leveling when the site is out of level, but have a feeling that wood might be something I'd possibly need if I don't have enough of the blocks.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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Martine,
Even with the 'leveling-jacks' it's important to use the wooden boards (or something simliar) Seems that leveling-jacks was a bit of a misnomer concerning our Airstreams. They're more like stablizing jacks, to keep motorhome from 'rocking' while at campsite. If used as leveling jacks, they tend to twist the motorhome chassis frame, sometimes so that it's difficult to open or close your entry door.
I've got the yellow plastic 'LEGO' type blocks for leveling when the site is out of level, but have a feeling that wood might be something I'd possibly need if I don't have enough of the blocks.
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That may be true with the longer 34.5 Derek but not so with the shorter 2 axle units. After I level I have to check to make sure all four jacks are on the ground. My older control has four levers, one for each jack and no computer assist. As for wood blocks I have needed them on occasion.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:51 PM   #6
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Hi Dan,
Sure Andy may have opinion on this thread. He's mentioned on more than one occasion that HWH marketed these as levelers when they were more of a stabilizer jack. If its working for you, all the better I say.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:24 PM   #7
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Yes Derek Andy is adamant about jacks on the trailers being stabilizers but the mohos are on a truck frame, much more rigid and HWH does market them as leveling jacks. The big thing is don't lift the rear end too high because the rear wheels are the parking brake and they will roll off the jacks on a slope. I carry chock blocks. By the way HWH does say you can drive off the folding jacks without damage.

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That may be true with the longer 34.5 Derek but not so with the shorter 2 axle units. After I level I have to check to make sure all four jacks are on the ground. My older control has four levers, one for each jack and no computer assist. As for wood blocks I have needed them on occasion.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:51 PM   #9
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I'm glad you like the picture Andy. It certainly isn't the most ideal spot but my buddy kind of lives on a hill and there was no better option. We were there about ten days and man was it hot, ran the A/C around the clock.

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Old 07-03-2012, 08:57 AM   #10
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I use mine as levelers

I have used my jacks on my 91 350 as jacks. I have used them to change tires and I use them to lift the motorhome high enough to work under it with 20 ton jack stands on the corners of the frame as a safety precaution.

I have tripped the motorhome off the jacks because the rear wheels came off the ground and it rolled back or forward off the jacks. I then chock the front wheels forward and back then pushed the store button and the jacks went up and then I just put them back down again. It is a little disconcerting to see your motorhome fall forward off the jacks but once the real wheels touch the ground it stops moving. I hate when that happens.
http://www.hwhcorp.com/ this is the company that made the jacks on my Airstream.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:43 AM   #11
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To add my 2 cents, I've jacked up enough to do brake work, ect. Just be sure to use jack stands (for safety) and block the front when working on the back.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:16 PM   #12
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you guys live dangerously!!!!!i will stick to my wooden boards...what a great picture Dan...best M.
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My back jack don't seem to do any good the back bounces around like a trampoline I'm in a 345 and the jacks are infront of the rear end. Has anyone moved them to back behind the rearend?
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They are well aft of the rear axle on my 95. I've never seen any signs of twisting or flexing on the Spartan chassis. I wouldn't trust working under it on the jacks unless it was also blocked with weight on the blocks. It doesn't take much to make it pivot forward off the jacks if you don't have the rear tires firmly on the ground. The HWH leveling system does a pretty good job making contact on all 4 corners for stability.
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