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Old 03-23-2017, 08:00 PM   #1
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Does anyone have the stock auto leveling system that the new TTs come with? I saw online that the new model of mine 291RESL has it and I was wondering if it was worth it. I have heard people say that they hate electric jacks because they take forever to expand and retract, but if it actually levels the TT it would be worth it. Also, does anyone know around how much it would cost to order?
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Old 03-23-2017, 10:04 PM   #2
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I am guessing they are using the Lippert Level Up system. It looks pricey if you want it installed aftermarket. I am not sure exactly which system you want/need. Prices are in the $2500-$4000 range. Big Foot makes a similar system too for comparison.

I can't find exact pricing for the 6 point system that Lippert has.

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I just talked to a lippert rep last week. The 6-point system just became available and the price is $3383.47 plus shipping. I think it's just for 5th wheels. It's the "ground control 3" system.
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Does anyone have the stock auto leveling system that the new TTs come with? I saw online that the new model of mine 291RESL has it and I was wondering if it was worth it. I have heard people say that they hate electric jacks because they take forever to expand and retract, but if it actually levels the TT it would be worth it. Also, does anyone know around how much it would cost to order?
I have the LIppertt Self-Leveling system on my 2017 282DBHS and I absolutely love it. Yeah, the supports do take a little bit of time extending and retracting; however, it sure as heck beats getting down on my hands and knees to crank them down by hand. The computer "brain" starts in the front, lowers the jacks to stabilize, then it levels a bit side to side if needed. Then it lowers the rear jacks. After each movement, the computer checks the level and adjusts each individual jack as necessary. It is important to remember that if someone is trying to set up stuff inside the trailer while you are lowering the jacks, it may take longer to adjust as they move about and the trailer jostles around.
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I have the LIppertt Self-Leveling system on my 2017 282DBHS and I absolutely love it. Yeah, the supports do take a little bit of time extending and retracting; however, it sure as heck beats getting down on my hands and knees to crank them down by hand. The computer "brain" starts in the front, lowers the jacks to stabilize, then it levels a bit side to side if needed. Then it lowers the rear jacks. After each movement, the computer checks the level and adjusts each individual jack as necessary. It is important to remember that if someone is trying to set up stuff inside the trailer while you are lowering the jacks, it may take longer to adjust as they move about and the trailer jostles around.

Does the leveling system pickup the frame of the trailer? If I crank too much on my stabilizers the frame will flex and doors don't shut correctly. I am actually adding another set of Jacks right in front of the axels. We get a lot of movement in the trailer and I think that getting the weight off of the axels would help. The Jacks that I have are more than adiquite to actually lift the trailer, but everyone says not do to that.
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Auto Leveling System

I have the 2017 282dbhs with the leveling system. Since it's my first TT I don't have anything to compare it to but I think it's awesome. Yeah it takes a couple of minutes (literally, like 2 minutes) but you push a button and go about hooking the other stuff up. I also like that it returns the hitch to the height it started from when it's time to go. You can see in one pic that it will lift the tires off the ground.

I am always concerned with the rear posts being so low though.

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I have the LIppertt Self-Leveling system on my 2017 282DBHS and I absolutely love it. Yeah, the supports do take a little bit of time extending and retracting; however, it sure as heck beats getting down on my hands and knees to crank them down by hand. The computer "brain" starts in the front, lowers the jacks to stabilize, then it levels a bit side to side if needed. Then it lowers the rear jacks. After each movement, the computer checks the level and adjusts each individual jack as necessary. It is important to remember that if someone is trying to set up stuff inside the trailer while you are lowering the jacks, it may take longer to adjust as they move about and the trailer jostles around.
We just placed an order four our 2018 282DBHS. Do you auto/self level with the slide in or out?
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We just placed an order four our 2018 282DBHS. Do you auto/self level with the slide in or out?

I do it with it in, but I've always been on concrete pads. For me it's an irrational fear that I'll topple over when I put the slide out. Like when Fred Flintstone gets his rack of ribs.


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I do it with it in, but I've always been on concrete pads. For me it's an irrational fear that I'll topple over when I put the slide out. Like when Fred Flintstone gets his rack of ribs.


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LOL! Haven't thought of that! Are you happy with everything so far?
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LOL! Haven't thought of that! Are you happy with everything so far?


Absolutely. I'm sure I will like it even more when I pull in to a cold, dark rainy campsite after a long haul. I'm new to this so it's one less thing for me to mess with.


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