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Open Range RV (now owned by Jayco as the Highland Ridge subsidiary) has a great video on leveling and stabilizing their RVs.
I tried to capture in text below what the video said. I also found the 5th wheel leveling video online AND I found the JT Strong ARM instructions as well. I think it is sometimes easier to read than to watch the video – but both are here for you in this post. Enjoy.
- Front legs – pull snap pin on FRONT jacks and allow jacks to hit the ground. These jacks are also called landing gear.
- I think you need to extend the jacks considerably if you will need to lower the front end.
- I think you need to make sure the electric jacks are extended a little anyway so you can raise or lower them.
- You’ll need to do this BEFORE locking the jacks extender out.
- Managing the landing gear relative to leveling your RV and connecting your tow vehicle requires just a little planning or you’ll have a mismatch on heights!
- Extend BOTH the front RV jacks or landing gear electrically
- Make sure that you hear the jacks snap-pin engage into one of the holes with both of the front jacks.
- Release the fifth wheel hitch and raise the front jacks enough so that you can drive the tow vehicle forward. Make sure everything is disconnected!
- Raise OR Lower your front jacks to create front to back level coach. Typically on level ground, this would be lowering the front jacks.
- Drop rear jack legs, by pulling the snap pin on each jack.
- Snug each jack individually by using the electronic controls and extending each jack.
- select the side of the coach that is lower (driver or passenger). Set the electronic selector to the lower side. Extend the jacks on the lower side.
- SNUG JT Strong ARMS
- lower FRONT jacks 3/4 inch
- Tighten REAR strong ARMS.
- Raise FRONT JACKS to original position.
- Tighten up the 4 front JT Strong ARMS.
- Extend the FRONT JACKS now. No more than 3/4 inch or so – just enough to remove the play in the JT strong arms.
- Turn off the control panel!!!
- Loosen ALL JT StrongARM stabilizers
- Retract the REAR jacks.
- When the rear jacks are loose pull the pins and lift the jack extender completely into the jack.
- Retract the rear jacks completely using the electronic controls.
- Raise the front jacks and connect the rv tow vehicle. (this is a bigger step than I portray here because I’m focusing on the electronics controls and stabilizers procedure)
- When the tow vehicle is engaged lower the jacks to put the weight onto the fifth wheel hitch in the tow vehicle.
- Once the fifth wheel hitch is fully engaged retract the jacks electronically.
- When the front jacks are free pull the pin and lift the jack extension completely inside the jack.
- Retract the jack completely electronically.
- Turn off the controls when complete.
MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE REST OF YOUR RV CHECKLISTS!!!
- Breaking camp checklist.
- Leaving the RV checklist
- Returning to the RV checklist
- Checklist for Equipping Your RV for Living.