Hi all, hope you don't mind a fresh post here. I realize the thread is "stale", so maybe no one will read it. But I have just read the thread with great interest.
I'm sitting here today with a sore back and shoulders... all of which could have been alleviated by reading this thread. Let me explain. I purchased my 26' 2007 Gulfstream Conquest TT in February 2008, brand new. We purchased from a dealer that was primarily a boat dealership, but had recently expanded into RVs. They had a branch in Omaha, NE, but we had to drive 130 miles to Norfolk, NE to pick up our trailer.
After our 30 minute walk through we were off. That was it. No long walk through. Here's how you start the water pump, here's the levels. Turn on the water heater here... now, back up to this, and let's put this here, bye! Have a nice life! And we were off. They shut down their RV sales less than a year later.
We camp 3 or 4 times a year, wish it was more. But for one long week every August, we boondock up in Routt National Forest between Cheyenne and Laramie in Wyoming, at about 8500 feet, 5 miles from black top. Every year we struggle with levelling our trailer with those 4 corner "levelling jacks". This year, we pulled in to our spot near dark. We got out and started trying to level, but the jacks were more obstinate than usual. I fought those suckers for nearly an hour, wheezing in the thinner air (our home in Council Bluffs, IA is only about 1000 ft above sea level, so 8500 is a lot!) Finally, just as I thought the trailer was about level side to side, we discovered... the hard way... that we'd forgotten to chock the tires. The trailer shifted back 2 feet, throwing me backwards on to my back, bending the jacks, one irreparably. That's it, I said... well, there were a few other unprintable words... I'm buying electric leveling jacks when we get home.
Of course, that didn't end the story. The next day, we moved the trailer to a more level spot, put down the 2 good and 1 damaged but serviceable STABILIZER jack, had a fantastic week, then started to hook up for the drive home yesterday. I'm only 55, but forgetful as he... heck. Forgot to retract the rear stabilizer. Started jacking up the tongue. For us to hook up, I need to raise the tongue virtually it's full length. I sweat, I cussed, I twisted, I wheezed. Finally got it up, and literally passed out. That's when I discovered the rear stabilizer.
Today, I began searching for electric leveling jacks. That's when I discovered this thread. It won't help me with forgetfulness issues, I know. But it has taught me how to level a friggin' trailer! Oh, and one more thing... our levels? Our conversations have gone like this. "Well the side to side level is on the little 4... let's see if raising that side a couple turns will help." No one ever told me that the 1, 2, etc, is the number of inches to raise or lower a side! Do I ever feel dumb!
Of course, that wonderful walk through might have played a small role in my stupidity.