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Old 10-02-2015, 09:18 AM   #1
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Newbe leveling question

New to FW and still waiting for my babies due date but reading all I can.
Looking thru the online Pinnacle book it talks about leveling. First step states unit should be supported with front jacks or left connected to tow vehicle. Everything I have read never mentioned that I can lv hooked up like I have done numerous times traveling with my TT for just one night stops. So tell me if this is correct. Stop for an over nighter, leave connected, drop landing gear just to touch ground, extend the four jack extensions to just about touch than hit auto level or do I leave landing gear up? Do the landing gear jacks also adjust when you hit auto level?
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:07 AM   #2
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Only thing about being hooked up still while leveling is you transfer that additional weight of the vehicle to the leveling feet and tongue jack.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:12 AM   #3
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While I can't comment on an auto-level system...


The manual leveling techniques generally agreed to around here include leaving the trailer hitched in order to drive the trailer's wheels onto blocks on the low side to level left-to-right. Then unhitch and level front-to-back using the tongue jack.


Generally, if you have an automated system, you have to understand the underlying engineering. What were the people thinking when they designed this thing? Read the manual (2-5 times) then try it in the real world (Camp Driveway) following the directions. Precisely. Step. By. Step. Then move the trailer and do it again.


Watch for error codes, odd sounds, imbalances, etc.


Once you get the hang of the thing, take it camping and get frustrated with it all over again. (I'm a computer programmer. And I HATE over-automation.)
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:04 AM   #4
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Newbe leveling question

I would NOT recommend hitting auto level while hooked up !! When I stop for the night and don't want to unhook I manually lower the front to take a little weight off the truck and manually lower the rear just enough to stabilize . With most autolevel they tell you to disconnect and pull the truck clear because the front will dip down first . When traveling across country and stop late and leave early we stay connected quite often . Welcome to the forum and thank you for your service !
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Old 10-02-2015, 12:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input. It never crossed my mind to lv connected until I read the Jayco Manuel
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When we stop for an overnighter while traveling between two points, we just stay hooked up and sleep in our bed for a few hours. This is if we are at a travel center, rest area (some you can stay at for 8 hours), or Wal-Mart. Have never had a problem in the past five years we have been doing this.
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Even with the Ground Control 2 or 3 systems, when you situate yourself on site, look for 1.3-1.5 degrees max left to right imbalance, if you have more, keep a set of like camco type leveling blocks, put a pair or one under each of your low side wheels. That should get you back below 1.3-1.5. If you're up over 2 degrees you will need another level (one block centered over two each wheel). Drive up onto them then disconnect and auto level. The heavier the rig the less lifting capable, so light 5ers with this system will have more tolerance. Those with heavy 5ers like myself (16klbs typical load) think of this system as a fine tuning leveling system. You have to do the heavy lifting (over 1.3-1.5 degrees left or right off level to begin with).
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:40 PM   #8
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For overnighters, keep it hooked and jacks up. You are just napping and won't notice too much bounce.
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I would not hit autolevel while hooked up. You run the risk of the trailer trying to lift your truck. One thing I learned from trial and frustrating error is, if you are parking at a site that slopes down from the front of the trailer to back, then extend the front jacks manually much less than usual. The front jacks have at least twice the travel than the rears. One time the auto level on my 2015 KTPS Pinnacle lifted both right wheels off of the ground at an unlevel site. I was shocked that the eletric jacks are so powerful.
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Old 10-10-2015, 03:11 PM   #10
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The problem for just overnighting is access to stove and just about everything if slides stay closed. If u r side to side level why can u not open slides without leveling if hooked up? In other threads it has been brought up to level before using slides but no one has seen that on any dealer lot. All just have landing gear down. Guess once I get use to a FW unhooking for a night will be no big deal
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