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dbFL

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5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« on: August 24, 2017, 03:44:53 PM »
First time venturing outside of FL and we hit a site that was not so level. I did my normal routine of dropping front jacks and unhooking the truck and setting the 5er to AUTOLEVEL. Got the message OUT OF STROKE so I moved my leveling blocks around 15-20 times in various positions with no luck. Ended up manually leveling it after 2 hours of work.

Surely I did something wrong, looking for tips to make leveling a bit easier next time maybe don't drop the front jacks all the way to ground before setting autolevel sequence so the front end naturally sits lower?

thanks!!
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grashley

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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 07:37:24 PM »
If you are out of stroke, the jacks can not extend far enough to get the rig level.  Raise the jacks.  Add blocks under the jacks and / or drop the extensions farther and try again.  You may be able to determine which jack(s) are out of stroke, and add blocking there first.
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steveblonde

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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 11:36:08 PM »
Mine will do the same thing if im in the mountain parks i always carry 2x10 to put under the jacks that are highest
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Joezeppy

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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 08:24:12 AM »
Yah, it's just a learning curve. I bottomed out the landing gear (retracted as much as possible) twice last year. Once was close enough but the other time I had to raise it back up, hook up the truck, and readjust everything.
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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 05:31:20 PM »
Here is a question for anyone.  As a general rule how far do the front jacks extend or retract if not blocked at all  I know maybe not all manufactures are the same.  How about Keystone Laredos?

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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 06:17:11 PM »
We have a Keystone Fuzion fifth wheel. Total guess on my part, but I would say the front landing jacks extend maybe 24 inches. But as a fairly newbie, we've found the more you extend them, the more movement you feel inside. So we try to limit how far we extend them by blocking them as much as we can.
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dbFL

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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2017, 09:19:54 AM »
We've found the more you extend them, the more movement you feel inside. So we try to limit how far we extend them by blocking them as much as we can.

Wow, you know it never occurred to me that would cause movement but that makes total sense.

Update on the original post, we're up here in Asheville now and I had much better luck leveling this time around. I'm learning to scope out the site by eye before setting my blocks. Got her leveled on the 1st try
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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2017, 10:52:08 AM »
We have a Keystone Fuzion fifth wheel. Total guess on my part, but I would say the front landing jacks extend maybe 24 inches. But as a fairly newbie, we've found the more you extend them, the more movement you feel inside. So we try to limit how far we extend them by blocking them as much as we can.


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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2017, 11:01:35 AM »

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Re: 5th Wheel Leveling Advice
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017, 09:52:13 PM »
   dbFL,  As we do a lot of boondocking, we rarely ever find a level spot. We carry 4 - 6x8 blocks about a foot long, placed wherever needed to achieve level. And, as earlier stated... the less ram extended,the more stable the unit!    memtb
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