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Old 12-10-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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2015 30FB - Automatic Leveler Options?

I've searched this forum, but can't find a definitive answer. Does anyone know whether there is any option (regardless of cost) to aftermarket an automatic leveler system on my 2015 30FB? The Quadra BigFoot levelers looked cool, but I'm not sure they'll fit. Same with the Lippert system. I'd surely appreciate a link or war story from someone who has done this. Thanks. P.S. I'm in Dallas, if that matters for installation.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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Check with Orange County Airstream in Westminister, CA. They had an Airstream on their lot with an auto leveler installed.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:11 PM   #3
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Can you actually level he trailer this way, or are we only talking about electric stabilisers?

I suppose you could if you had some pretty heft cross member beams at each end connected to the main frame, without something like that I suspect you might wind up twisting and damaging the structure.

I know that if I even crank up one of my standard stabilers too tight with a cordless drill, it can cause problems with closing the door.

In the rare case where I need side-to-side levelling on a bad site, lynx levellers seem to be the way to go.

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Old 12-10-2015, 01:17 PM   #4
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Hi there,

I know Can-Am RV in London, ON sells a leveller system for side to side which is a bolt/weld option. We priced it out last year and it was about $3500.00 Canadian.
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:23 PM   #5
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Hi there,

I know Can-Am RV in London, ON sells a leveller system for side to side which is a bolt/weld option. We priced it out last year and it was about $3500.00 Canadian.
The Can-Am option is no longer available - the product is no longer made.
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:05 PM   #6
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This is a post that I'm certainly interested in. In my motor homes I had HWH auto leveling. It worked great and I loved it. I am new to Airstream trailers and would love to have an auto leveling system. I'll keep listening and watching.
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:33 PM   #7
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I'm pretty certain the AS frame won't handle auto leveling without distortion and the incumbent problems of doors not closing etc. AS is very definite about not using the stabilizers to lift the Trailer. If you add levelers you will need to bolt a cross member onto the main frame which means losing ground clearance. It is a simple matter to have some short 2x6 lumber in the trailer to run the wheels up onto. Just lifting one wheel two thicknesses (3 inches) gives 2-2.5 inches of lift on that side. I peg two thickness together with dowels to keep them together but can separate them easily if I need less lift
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Can you actually level he trailer this way, or are we only talking about electric stabilizers?
By leveling, the original poster must mean stabilization. The hydraulic rams that lift a Class A off of it's suspension to achieve leveling do not belong installed on a trailer. Heavy lifting forces on the ends of the trailer will surely bend the frame, which has been designed to be supported by the axles.
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I peg two thickness together with dowels to keep them together but can separate them easily if I need less lift
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Ooh, very nice!
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We used to dry camp every weekend on a steeply sloping beach at a large lake in the Sierra Nevada (now all but dried up :-( ) The best orientation was sideways to the lake, both for view and because the quite strong wind blows down the shoreline.

I took some 2x6 and 4x6 wood and cut three pieces, each with one end also cut at about a 30 degree angle so that it's easier to drive up. The bottom piece is the 4x6 and long enough to support the other two so that the top piece, the shortest, is just long enough to take the wheels. That forms a ramp up the front and a squared off back. Painted them white, and put a handle on the outside edge for ease of handling (the bottom one's not light!) This way we get either 3.5, 5, or 6.5 of lift.

Now that we don't go there and most of our boon docking is on fairly level ground, we don't carry them any more. I did consider buying and carrying some of those plastic "Lego-block" like lifts--anyone try those?
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The "lego type blocks work great. I agree the leveling system (not stabilizing) could damage the frame unless reinforced. Still, I'm guessing the hydraulic levelers with frame reinforcement would add a lot of weight to the trailer.
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Had my rusting, manually operated OEM stabilizers replaced with electric ones on our 2007 Safari---Toscano Airstream in Los Banos, CA did the job for about $1,700 USD. I would not be able to do without them.

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I use the "Leggo" like Lynx Levellers all the time and they work fine for me.

Not often I use them for side to side levelling as the sites we seem to get are usually pretty decent, but the Lynx levellers are great for use under stablizers.

The main thing I use them for is to take wheels off to work on brakes, repack bearings etc. etc.

As long as you have a dual axe trailer they are great for that - you need two sets, I think there are 10 per set. Usually a lot cheaper at Walmart than Camping world or other RV shops I think.


Make a pyramid our of both sets starting with 6 on the ground, then run one wheel up onto the pyramid and the adjacent wheel will then be hanging in mid air. (Make sure you break the lug nuts loose while the wheel you plan to remove is still on the ground - much easier!)

I find them very easy to use, and I feel they are much safer that using bottle jacks or similar. Before switching to these, I used to carry a trolley jack and axle stands.


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We used to dry camp every weekend on a steeply sloping beach at a large lake in the Sierra Nevada (now all but dried up :-( ) The best orientation was sideways to the lake, both for view and because the quite strong wind blows down the shoreline.

I took some 2x6 and 4x6 wood and cut three pieces, each with one end also cut at about a 30 degree angle so that it's easier to drive up. The bottom piece is the 4x6 and long enough to support the other two so that the top piece, the shortest, is just long enough to take the wheels. That forms a ramp up the front and a squared off back. Painted them white, and put a handle on the outside edge for ease of handling (the bottom one's not light!) This way we get either 3.5, 5, or 6.5 of lift.

Now that we don't go there and most of our boon docking is on fairly level ground, we don't carry them any more. I did consider buying and carrying some of those plastic "Lego-block" like lifts--anyone try those?
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I've searched this forum, but can't find a definitive answer. Does anyone know whether there is any option (regardless of cost) to aftermarket an automatic leveler system on my 2015 30FB? The Quadra BigFoot levelers looked cool, but I'm not sure they'll fit. Same with the Lippert system. I'd surely appreciate a link or war story from someone who has done this. Thanks. P.S. I'm in Dallas, if that matters for installation.

I saw a 2017 28 U AS at a AS Dealer in Westminster CA. Came complete with auto levelers and solar package. As I understand it the frame had to be hugely reinforced. At a $128k I assume this was a major effort. So ....it can be done, not necessarily should be done.
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