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Old 07-23-2016, 05:18 PM   #1
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Auto vs Manual Leveling

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Is the '4-Point Electric Auto-Leveling System' really worth the $2,691 list price?

How much time does it take to 'auto-level' vs a manual setup?

We'll be weekend camping 1-2 times every other month with 1-2 week vacations 2-3 times per year. For vacations, we'll most often stay put for the duration.

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Old 07-23-2016, 06:01 PM   #2
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I'll be honest, I wouldn't pay it for a 4 point leveling system because you are still going to have your wheels on the ground and a lot of shake from the suspension. My friends new 5er has a 4 point system and a lot of movement. Now... a 6 point system that has jacks under the axle and lifts the frame off the suspension some... that would be worth the upgrade.

I carry 2 2x8 boards and a 1x8 board. That has always been enough to level on any site that I have been.
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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I've got the 6-point, and it's amazing, once you figure out how to really use it. Cant speak to the value of the 4-point....
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:44 PM   #4
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I have the 6 poibt ground control 3.0. It works pretty good. I am not manually running jacks anymore. Did that for the last 6 years.
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:45 PM   #5
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6 Point Leveling

Great system compared to manual leveling, but be prepared like all rv's and their accessories there are issues, I would think the hydraulic system may be better then the electrical system Jayco uses, is it worth the high price, each to his own !!!
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TT or MH???

I have had two Tt's and can't see the value in it. They are very easy to level, less then 5 minutes. Nice toy but not worth 3 grand.

My MH on the other hand.... It is a must have for me. They are not so easy to level and the levelling system actually takes the load off the vehicles suspension creating a stable platform.
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Our 4 point electric works fine and don't miss one bit the old days of manual.

Ours is stable in most places.
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:14 AM   #8
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We have the 4 point and it has worked great so far and the camper is much more stable than manual jacks. The hitch auto return feature is nice as you just hits the buttons and it's ready to hitch up.
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The auto level (4 pt) is cheaper than the marriage counseling i I was headed for with my old fifth wheel!! DW and levels don't speak the same language....

I haven't had an issue with mine yet. If we are on an unlevel site, we'll put a few Lego blocks under the rear jacks to avoid running out of stroke. Usually my wife hits the auto level button right after I pull out from under it and it is leveled by the time that electric is hooked up and the carpet is rolled out.

I find it no more unstable than our old fifth with stabilizers down and wheel chocks installed. Haven't even been using chocks with the new one.

Could I live without it? Yes.

Do I regret spending the money to get it? No!
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Newbie warning

Is the '4-Point Electric Auto-Leveling System' really worth the $2,691 list price?

How much time does it take to 'auto-level' vs a manual setup?

We'll be weekend camping 1-2 times every other month with 1-2 week vacations 2-3 times per year. For vacations, we'll most often stay put for the duration.

Thanks!
I think it depends on your ability overall. No pun intended. I did not go for it due to all the issues with the 1.0-2.0 versions at the time of my ordering. Honestly I do not miss it at all. My investment was a king pin level, 4 scissor jacks and a bullet level. $250.00 after market.

I pull or back to the site, look in my rear view see how many boards I need, lay them next to the tires, pull up or back up and DW pushes them under. 99% of the time we get it on the first shot and it never really is an issue with us. After that it's just the landing gear for front to back.

So if your DW is not a participant in the setting up it might be easier for you overall and a worth wile investment. My DW is a participant and almost to the point where she could do it herself.

Look at your "team" and make the call as you know it best.

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