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Old 04-19-2021, 04:28 PM   #1
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Lippert leveling jacks

2013 36RL: 1/2020: oil leak in the front passenger jack. New jack installed- (drivers left).
Jan. to mid March in Arizona no issues with jacks, Returned to Oregon and RV was not used for quite awhile, front end started to drop and would eventually bottom out. Took in RV and dealer could not find an issue. Intermittent problem and finally replaced driver side jack.
Problem has continued and RV is at dealer. Found metal shavings in fluid reservoir. Two proposals. Flush system or replace the entire Lippert Auto leveling
System. Anyone had a similar issue.
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Old 04-19-2021, 05:07 PM   #2
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Locate a local hydraulic repair shop or tractor/heavy equipment repair shop, those jacks can be rebuilt for a small fraction of a new one with most likely better parts. They may also be able to purge your system, rebuild leaking jacks & change the fluid for much less $$ than replacing the entire system.
If someone found metal shavings in your system I'd say they were there from the factory or from one of your recent replacements, that system is a closed system & if you didn't notice any considerable wear on any of the leaking jacks they had to come from an outside source. Just my opinion!
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I had this problem on our 38RL when we first got the RW . I bleed the system because it looked like we had air in the lines. Replaced the fluid and it stopped and had no issues for over 4 years until we sold the RW. How I noticed the air was foam or bubble in the reservoir.
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I had a similar issue with my 2014 31SL about 3 years ago. The Lippert folks thought it was probably air or a fine particulate in the line and suggested I run the jacks up and down several times before I bled the lines or did anything more drastic. I did that and have not had any problem since.
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Was there not a post a couple of years ago where lippert was suggesting a heavier hydronic oil that helped the air and settling problems
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Was there not a post a couple of years ago where lippert was suggesting a heavier hydronic oil that helped the air and settling problems
That was for the popping/creaking of the jacks due to temperature changes.
That procedure required removing a quart of fluid from the reservoir & replace it with an anti stiction oil, 15w motorcycle fork oil, then run the slides & jacks several times to mix it up.
Just a FYI! Before doing this procedure, or topping off the reservoir at any time, be sure all jacks/slides are retracted before topping off the reservoir, otherwise you'll overfill it causing a huge oily mess the next time you retract.
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