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haste maker

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mikestock wrote:

haste maker wrote:

My Atwood jacks did the same thing as yours & my RV repair shop reset the system & now the panel lights up as it should & the shop said all the jacks work fine.


Where did you find someone to do this repair?

My problem is that the control pad will not come on.

I'm about to, sadly, conclude that the controller is bad.

Mine was doing the same as yours & I thought the dash panel was bad...The good people at Unlimited RV in Cullman fixed mine.


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mikestock wrote:

haste maker wrote:

My Atwood jacks did the same thing as yours & my RV repair shop reset the system & now the panel lights up as it should & the shop said all the jacks work fine.


Where did you find someone to do this repair?

My problem is that the control pad will not come on. Brake on, transmission in neutral, motor running. I have acquired a lot of information on the system.

Trouble shooting procedure is to disconnect the + buss from the controller, unplug the Signal Wire Harness, waiting 10 minutes (didn't find out about the 10 minute wait until today), replacing the + buss, (most important) plug the Signal Wire Harness last. I think this is how they reset the system. While the connector was unplugged I confirmed 12 volts from the ignition switch when the ignition was on.

After all this, the "ON" switch still would not work.

I'm about to, sadly, conclude that the controller is bad. I was able to acquire one about 4 years ago when Atwood was in business. They have since been sold off to Dometic and then Leppert bought the leveler business from Dometic. My chances don't look good if the controller is, indeed, bad.


NOBODY has the controllers anymore. I tried a few years ago for a customer and could find no source that had NEW controllers. Remember, the controllers are stated as a FORD controller but you program them for a Diesel with air bag systems. Doug

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Posted: 06/14/19 08:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm more than a little skeptical, but Leppert claims to have a replacement for the Atwood 80618 controller. I would need to replace the controller and the touch pad.

The person at Tiffin is Brent Bullard, who I hope to discuss this with before diving in. The price for the the controller and touch pad is $495.95, which would be much better than replacing the entire system.

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mikestock wrote:

I'm more than a little skeptical, but Leppert claims to have a replacement for the Atwood 80618 controller. I would need to replace the controller and the touch pad.

The person at Tiffin is Brent Bullard, who I hope to discuss this with before diving in. The price for the the controller and touch pad is $495.95, which would be much better than replacing the entire system.


Let us know. The last time Brent and I talked last year, the only parts Tiffin had were the complete Jacks. Also, the controllers have changed over the years. YOURS the jacks probably have just 2 wires at each jack. Those 2 wires just operate the motor. The newer Atwood Jacks have 4 wires. The original 2 and the extra 2 are for the jack down sensor operation. When you install a NEW style jack on a OLD style system you do NOT use the extra 2 wire sensor connection as there is no wire harness for it. So, make sure the newer style controllers and Keypads will work with the older style jacks. Doug

PS, when Atwood was bought out, almost ALL their seasoned/ knowledgable employees did not move to the new purchasers. You call LCI and they have NOBODY that know anything about the Atwood Levelegs systems. They read the same operations manual you already have when troubleshooting.

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Posted: 06/14/19 10:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mikestock wrote:

I'm more than a little skeptical, but Leppert claims to have a replacement for the Atwood 80618 controller. I would need to replace the controller and the touch pad.

The person at Tiffin is Brent Bullard, who I hope to discuss this with before diving in. The price for the the controller and touch pad is $495.95, which would be much better than replacing the entire system.


It would be cheaper, for sure, but would it be better?

At what point do you cut your losses and move on. Use that $500 towards the new hydraulic jacks instead.

I'm asking as much as saying too, as we are currently in the same boat. So far ours are still working, but I'm about out of parts. At some point we won't have a choice except replace the system. The question is when.

I our case I have 2 daughters getting married within a year, so I'm trying to bleed ours along a bit longer - for now.


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Posted: 06/14/19 11:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great news.

I spoke with Brent Bullard today from Tiffin. He said they got 7 of these control panels and touch pads from Leppart. They are supposed to be drop-in replacements and the price from Tiffin if only $377 as compared to $495, direct from Leppert. You do have to replace the touch pad with the one supplied.

If I can't get mine up and working this weekend I will drive to Red Bay Monday. It's just over 100 miles from me.

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mikestock wrote:

My problem is that the control pad will not start. Brake on, transmission in neutral, motor running.


Did you mean: "transmission in Park"?

Also, I can have my engine running, trans in Park, Brake on and my control panel will not turn on. I have to have the slides in as well.


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fred42 wrote:

mikestock wrote:

My problem is that the control pad will not start. Brake on, transmission in neutral, motor running.


Did you mean: "transmission in Park"?

Also, I can have my engine running, trans in Park, Brake on and my control panel will not turn on. I have to have the slides in as well.


There is no transmission "Park" on a DP. It's as he said, in neutral and the parking brake set.

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mikestock wrote:

Great news.

I spoke with Brent Bullard today from Tiffin. He said they got 7 of these control panels and touch pads from Leppart. They are supposed to be drop-in replacements and the price from Tiffin if only $377 as compared to $495, direct from Leppert. You do have to replace the touch pad with the one supplied.

If I can't get mine up and working this weekend I will drive to Red Bay Monday. It's just over 100 miles from me.


According to Brent, he tried to explain to you the parameters of the Control boards they have. UNLESS you have the new style 4 wire Jacks, the Control panel and Touchpad they have in stock WILL NOT work with the Older style 2 wire jacks. If all 4 of your jacks are the newer style 4 wire jacks AND you have the updated wire harness to all 4 jacks, the New part/s, will work. They also do NOT have the Jacks in stock at all and cannot get them anymore. Doug

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If anyone has an Atwood electric jack they want to get rid of, let me know. I have the 7500 lb ones on my Bounder.

I unintentionally pulled the micro connector off the back of the control panel when a rear jack alarmed a few years ago, and couldn't get it repaired or find a replacement anywhere. Had the jack's upper head rebuilt for $200, but without a control panel, there was no way to use them. Orange blocks became my friends.

A couple years later I'm sitting in a friend's '08 Phaeton, and realize he has the exact control panel I need. His on/off button was broke, so he called Tiffin right there and ordered a new one...$107 + shipping. His came in and it worked, so I had him order me one. That was Dec 16. Plugged it in and all 4 jacks worked and leveled as advertised. Worked OK for 10 months until the left front jack over extended and alarmed. Jacks would not retract so I had to unplug it (12v 2 wire plug at jack), spin the emergency retract nut, plug it back in and then they all retracted. Tried to use the jacks one more time after that with same results - over extended, alarmed and wouldn't retract. Haven't used them since. That was Oct 17...orange blocks are still my friends.

I was told that the jack is bad, maybe a flat spot on the motor, and I needed to replace it. Same friend with '08 Phaeton bought 2 new rear 15000 lb Atwood electric jacks from Tiffin late last year and installed them himself. I was going to have him check with Tiffin to see if they had any 7500 lb jacks in stock, but haven't got around to it.


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