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richd44

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Posted: 08/29/22 05:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2003 lance 845 with power jacks. Today the remote started acting up. I purchased the camper used, but I assume this remote is the original. When I use the remote to raise or lower any one jack it is fine. If I use the all down button, all is fine. The problem is when I try and use the all up button. As soon as I use this button my red light goes out and nothing happens. Power is not the issue, I am using shore power. My question is do you think my problem is the remote itself, or does it have something to do with the camper. Any help will be appreciated.

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Posted: 08/29/22 05:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How are the batteries in the remote? Are battery contacts clean?

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Posted: 08/29/22 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I put in a fresh battery when the problem started. That was my first thought.

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Posted: 08/30/22 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

when your powering all four motors maybe your pulling more power than your putting supplying .

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The jacks run on 12V.
When you raise all at the same time, power consumption is the highest (provided the camper weight is on the jacks and they aren't running empty).
Lowering uses a lot less power.
Your problem sounds like the voltage drops too low and the control board cuts the power.
Your house battery may be bad or disconnected.
The 12V power supply on shore power probably does not provide enough power to raise all jacks at the same time.


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I know the jack system is 12vdc

Can you plug the camper into 120vac ( which you probably have an inverter/charger) and then run the jacks up/down/single/all?
If that doesn't work then it's probably a control board issue.

If your handy find your controller box and put a clamp-on ammeter on each jack leg and run it up and see what you read. The sum of the 4 legs should be under your max current draw. If 1 leg is high maybe just 1 jack is the problem.

Another way to do it is to unplug your jacks externally and plug in separately.
Run one up/down, then plug in one more jack and run all and see if it works, plug in another and so forth.
Good luck.

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Make sure the front of the camper is always higher than the back when raising or lowering. I always use a cordless drill to raise or lower the jacks after the camper weight is off.
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Posted: 08/31/22 05:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

if you need a new remote

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I want to thank everyone who took the time to reply to my post. They were all very helpful. When I first tried to raise and lower the camper I did not have any batteries loaded in the camper. After reading the house ac power may not be sufficient to raise all 4 jacks at the same time I installed my 3 AGM batteries in the camper and gave it a try. Well everything works great just like it used to. I guess in the past I never tried using the jacks just on shore power. You learn something new every day. Thank God for forums like this and helpful people who take the time to offer suggestions on how to solve other peoples problems.

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