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bobbyg123

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Continuing on with my “I just too delivery of my first 5th wheel” line of annoying questions, here’s another.

My new rig came with the lippert auto leveling system, but we didn’t demo it during my PDI. It seems really easy to use, but I’m not sure what to expect the first time. I was told to completely unhitch (chock the tires, set the landing gear, unwire and pull the truck away) before leveling. What I’m not visualizing is how the system levels the camper without bending the landing gear. Does it completely lift the rig off the ground?

Good grief, after 10+ years of travel trailering, i didn’t think that I’d have so many silly questions. I’m a greenhorn again. [emoticon]


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Not to be a jerk, But - I hate to say it, shame on you for leaving the dealer without asking them how EVERYTHING works..

ALTHOUGH, the folks here on RV.Net will know much more than any dealer....

Anyway, all 6 of my jacks are hydraulic, all I do is unhook the truck, pull it away and hit - ~ AUTO LEVEL ~ .. the system does the rest!

Does your landing gear work off the same system, or is it electric? Do you have 4 point, or 6 point ?

** On Edit **
I checked out your signature to see what you have,.... It looks like Jayco offered the 4 point auto level... Make sure the front is clear like stated and level it...easy peasy


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Be sure nothing is near the front of the RV when hitting auto level as the front dip down then levels after that.


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IT will drop the front of the unit first so get the truck out of the way,after that it will level it self as required.Its not likely to lift the wheels off unless one side is low.I always use 16 inch x2 pads on gravel or dirt.
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^^^^^^^^^^ What the previous 2 posts said !!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

FWIW, I chock at least 2 wheels before unhooking (usually left ones). To this extent, I'm a cheap bugger and just use a couple 2x4's x 12". Once unhooked and pulled away, the front legs holds the coach with aid from the other legs thereafter.

BUT DO AS Cummins12V98 said and have nothing near the front as it will "kneel" down 1st once auto level is activated.


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bobbyg123,

I was in your shoes exactly a year ago. After a life time of travel trailer, we purchased our first 5er, and it's a whopper at 41 feet. And... after one year now, I still struggle with the Lippert self-leveling system. Mine is the 6 point, not hydraulic.

First, YouTube.com is your friend. Do a YouTube search for "Lippert Leveling System" and you'll get lots of hits. Start watching these videos. Some will help you a lot, others will drive you nuts because you want them to just get to the point and quit talking their pet dog or their grand kids.

Lippert also puts out some really good YouTube videos on the leveling system. Start with them.

But I think the answer you are looking for goes like this.

Truck and camper are parked an in position to unhitch and level.

1. Chock trailer wheels
2. Unplug umbilical cord and break-away cable.
3. Lower tail gait.
4. (I put wooden blocks under each jack so they don't have to extend so far)
5. MANUALLY lower the front jacks, which will begin to raise the front of the camper. When the weight of the camper is off the 5er hitch in the bed of the truck, then stop raising it. This may take some practice to learn to eyeball when the trailer is high enough to uncouple OK, and when it's actually lifting the truck, or still resting too heavy on the hitch.

6. After the front of the trailer is adjusted just right, pull the 5er hitch and release the jaws.

7. Pull the truck out of the way, clearing the 5er completely.

8. On the Lippert control panel, simply hit Auto-Level and let the trailer do the rest.

To hitch, you do just the opposite. The Lippert system will remember the height position where you hit "auto level". Push the left and right arrows at the same time. Rear jacks will raise up out of the way, and the front jacks will position itself to the same height as when you unhitched (provided your front jacks did not sink in the ground, if on dirt or grass).

Now, pull the jaws open on your hitch, lower the tail gate, and back under this king pin until you couple up. Lock your hitch, connect your breakway cable.

Now, MANUALLY raise the jacks back UP, (Retract-then the up arrow) which is lowering the 5er and resting the king pin full weight on the hitch.

This is the basic way to do it. It's easy once you've been through it a time or two. The real problem is when you unhitch and you are not on level ground and one of your jacks throws an error code OR you are not fairly level when you hit the auto level button. Then the true insanity of Lippert shines forth. Figuring out how to clear those error codes is another chapter, all by itself.

FYI, we purchased our 5er in September, last year, and after a year, I still feel very, very "green". After being around nothing but travel trailers 63 years of my life, the 64th year, and only 1 year of 5er experience is ... well ... challenging for an old dog.

Good luck. Hope this helps.

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bobbyg123 wrote:

Continuing on with my “I just too delivery of my first 5th wheel” line of annoying questions, here’s another.

My new rig came with the lippert auto leveling system, but we didn’t demo it during my PDI. It seems really easy to use, but I’m not sure what to expect the first time. I was told to completely unhitch (chock the tires, set the landing gear, unwire and pull the truck away) before leveling. What I’m not visualizing is how the system levels the camper without bending the landing gear. Does it completely lift the rig off the ground?

Good grief, after 10+ years of travel trailering, i didn’t think that I’d have so many silly questions. I’m a greenhorn again. [emoticon]


First off, shame on your dealer for not running you through a full hitch, unhitch, level, re-hitch cycle!

Since I boondock more often than not, I pull my truck away (after chocking and dropping the front legs) enough to clear the nose of my FW, but leave the trailer plugged in to the in-bed plug. That way, I'm not using the house batteries as much. I'll often leave the truck running, too, while it levels. My system does have a "rehitch" setting, but I've not found it to be terribly accurate, so I just eyeball it when backing back in, after raising the rear jacks first, of course.

One thing that I noticed this last time we camped in the forest, was that my jacks =did= sink a bit after a couple days, with a bit of rain, even though all my jacks were on 12" wood pieces. Last night we were there, I did notice a bit more wiggling and jiggling (of the TRAILER!) but didn't think anything about it. Next time, I'll plan on re-leveling after 48 hours.

Another thing, my rig came with JT Strongarms from the factory, so once I'm level, I'll raise the front just a touch, tighten the JTs, then re-level so there's pressure on them. It =does= make a difference.

Don't freak out if you get one side off the ground. The jacks are very strong and are more than capable. As many others have said, you'll likely want some blocks under the jacks, especially the rear. Increased footprint is always good, but the rear jacks can run out of stroke, so you need the blocks to give them more runout. The one real complaint I have is that my system always seems to want to level UP, so it will unweight the higher side, as well. I'd love to be able to have a command to "drop X inches all 4 corners".

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You probably have the Lippert Ground Control 3.0, so look it up on youtube, and there are many videos.

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OP said you can push "Hitch Height" and it will return to the height it was when auto leveled - Only if you have not pushed any buttons.

Here is the Ground control 3 manual https://support.lci1.com/ground-control-3.0-support-ground-control-3.0-onecontrol-touch-panel

Read the section on setting "Zero Point" (level) The system will occasionally hiccup and forget it. Pretty easy to reset but you'll need the manual to walk you through it. I have done it a couple times in 2.5 years and still read as I do it.


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Thanks everyone. I hear what you’re all saying, but my question is more conceptual. With the unit unhitched and supported by the landing gear, how does the lippert system level the camper without bending or breaking the landing gear? I’m not grasping how it can pitch the rig forward without causing damage.

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