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Old 09-26-2016, 08:56 PM   #11
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I'm curious who told you to not run the engine...

since the Power Gear Automatic Hydraulic Leveling Manual

Step #1 (in bold) says: Engine Must be Running.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:14 PM   #12
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Wow, my Bigfoot manual is sure different than yours.

The manual for the Power Gear system has the following instructions.

Copied from the manual that came with my MH.

Operating the Auto/Manual Control Panel
Make sure the key is out of the vehicle ignition.
1. Turn panel/system on and let system run through its diagnostic mode. Lights will flash clockwise around the green foot. (System will not operate with the ignition key ON).

If I turn on the ignition when the levelers are down, my Power Gear system sets off an alarm.
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:33 AM   #13
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I'm curious who told you to not run the engine...

since the Power Gear Automatic Hydraulic Leveling Manual

Step #1 (in bold) says: Engine Must be Running.
They never said don't run the engine. They explain why I thought I had 13-14+ volts throughout the cycle when I tested the batteries and the levelers still were not working correctly. Here's what the company wrote about the low voltage light...

I would like to address the low voltage code first. The leveling system is wired directly to the battery (we did not install the system, but prefer the house batteries). The voltage on battery ALONE (NO SHORE POWER, GENERATOR or ENGINE RUNNING) during jack operation must remain in the 12+. When you tested the voltage you were getting feedback from the charging system supplying a false result. The only way to test TRUE voltage is when on battery alone.

Hope that clears it up.

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Wow, my Bigfoot manual is sure different than yours.

The manual for the Power Gear system has the following instructions.

Copied from the manual that came with my MH.

Operating the Auto/Manual Control Panel
Make sure the key is out of the vehicle ignition.
1. Turn panel/system on and let system run through its diagnostic mode. Lights will flash clockwise around the green foot. (System will not operate with the ignition key ON).

If I turn on the ignition when the levelers are down, my Power Gear system sets off an alarm.
Ours are different not only does it say in the manual that engine must be running, it also says it right on the control panel itself.

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Ours are different not only does it say in the manual that engine must be running, it also says it right on the control panel itself.
That's really good to know! I had no idea that Bigfoot would have different rules for different MHs. Thanks for the heads up.
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On our 35un - the sensor gizmo in the back compartment was screwed to the wall facing the wrong direction at the factory. Discovered this on the day we picked the rig up. They tried to demo the levelors and they would not work correctly. Finslly the head mechanic came over and figured out the problem. Unscrewed the levelor sensor and oriented it so it was facing toward the front lf the cosch and not the side. Then they calibrated the levelors . They never did get the calibration correct really- they spent about two hours figuring out the problem. Someone at the factory does not know how to properly orient the sensor when installing the unit. This might not be your problem but take a look. Get the manual out- it shows the correct orientation on the wall of the compartment.
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On our 35un - the sensor gizmo in the back compartment was screwed to the wall facing the wrong direction at the factory. Discovered this on the day we picked the rig up. They tried to demo the levelors and they would not work correctly. Finslly the head mechanic came over and figured out the problem. Unscrewed the levelor sensor and oriented it so it was facing toward the front lf the cosch and not the side. Then they calibrated the levelors . They never did get the calibration correct really- they spent about two hours figuring out the problem. Someone at the factory does not know how to properly orient the sensor when installing the unit. This might not be your problem but take a look. Get the manual out- it shows the correct orientation on the wall of the compartment.
Good info to know, thanks. Our problem was definitely low voltage. We just came back from being out in it for 10 days. The levelers worked perfectly.
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I had this issue with my Alante, Power gear says to only level with the engine running, park brake on, and tranny in park. My jacks would go down OK but then the control lights would all flash and then go into emergency retract mode and fall off the jacks, first time it scared the heck out of me as the slide was out close to a tree. After a few trips to the dealer it seems the factory wired the jacks on the wrong side of a relay, fixing this cured the issue.
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