Auto Level Up while Hitched - Dutchmen Owners

Go Back   Dutchmen Owners > Dutchmen Technical | Towing, Maintenance and Repairs > Towing Talk
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-09-2015, 04:20 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Okeana
Posts: 166
Ohio
Auto Level Up while Hitched

Is there any problem using the auto level while hitched? I have the hydraulic 6 point system.
__________________

__________________
2014 F-250 6.7 with Timbrens
2015 Voltage 3605
jeffwelsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 04:34 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
ATCguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Somewhere on the road...
Posts: 1,303
Wyoming
Depending on the terrain you're on... you may find your hitch in such a bind that it won't release. At least, not easily.

I've never done it, but other than that... I can't really think of anything.
__________________

__________________
Tom
2013 VOLTAGE 3200 (EPIC I & II)
2014 Ford F-450 PLATINUM
2017 BMW R1200GS Rallye
ATCguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 04:36 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Okeana
Posts: 166
Ohio
I just want to get level to put the slides out to get a few hours sleep in a parking lot. Really don't want to have to unhitch unless its required.
__________________
2014 F-250 6.7 with Timbrens
2015 Voltage 3605
jeffwelsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 04:47 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Canon City
Posts: 861
Colorado
I think I would use manual mode and lower the jacks that you need. That way you have control of what is going on instead of the auto mode.

I'd use a 2ft level set on the floor or counter top side to side, then use the manual left or right jacks to get that direction level.

Then place the level front to rear and use the manual front or rear to get level.

That will get you plenty level to extend slides and keep doors open inside.

Pirate
Pirate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
donzinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Memphis
Posts: 1,447
Michigan
^^^ x2 on manual mode. The first thing the Level Up likes to do when running autolevel is to drop the front of the camper - I can't see that turning out well for the truck or the camper.
__________________
2014-3950, Full Paint, 17.5" tires, 370W solar, 3100W Magnum inverter w/ AGS, 7500w diesel generator, Micro-Air Easy Start 364 (x3)
2019 Ram 3500 Limited w/ Max Tow pkg
donzinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 05:56 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 183
Oklahoma
Just remember that if the trailer wants to lift the front of the trailer to get level, your truck will be hanging on the fifth wheel, which is a load that is exactly opposite of what it was designed for. I would do that manual mode and just use the jacks to stabilize the trailer, and not worry about getting it perfectly level.
__________________
2010 F-450
2013 Voltage 3905
macman83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 09:36 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
ATCguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Somewhere on the road...
Posts: 1,303
Wyoming
Quote:
Originally Posted by donzinger View Post
^^^ x2 on manual mode. The first thing the Level Up likes to do when running autolevel is to drop the front of the camper - I can't see that turning out well for the truck or the camper.
Well, the reason it dips the nose is because there's nothing there to support it. If still hitched, it'll just sit where it's been while towing it until the landing gear extends.
__________________
Tom
2013 VOLTAGE 3200 (EPIC I & II)
2014 Ford F-450 PLATINUM
2017 BMW R1200GS Rallye
ATCguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 09:59 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Tucson
Posts: 744
Arizona
I just use Manual Mode. I have two bubble levels in the compartment for manual leveling. Works great.
__________________
2014 Voltage 3600
2013 Chevy 3500 CC DRW
2011 Harley Ultra Limited 2016 RZR 900
azdryheat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2015, 10:09 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Callaway
Posts: 864
Maryland
Brilliant, I am glad this came up...we are hitting the road next month and will be staying overnight at ruck stops between destinations...our older trailer, I just threw the orange LinksLevelers out and called it good. Was going to do the same here, but I like the idea of just throwing the left or right jacks down and calling it good.

Cale
__________________
TV: 2015 F-350 DRW, CC, 4x4, with 14k GVWR package, 98 gallon TransferFlow Aux Tank, Timbren Shocks

TH: 2014 Voltage 3950, Sailun S637 all around
calewjohnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2015, 08:24 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
donzinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Memphis
Posts: 1,447
Michigan
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATCguy View Post
Well, the reason it dips the nose is because there's nothing there to support it. If still hitched, it'll just sit where it's been while towing it until the landing gear extends.
Ooops. You got me - still connected to TV...
__________________
2014-3950, Full Paint, 17.5" tires, 370W solar, 3100W Magnum inverter w/ AGS, 7500w diesel generator, Micro-Air Easy Start 364 (x3)
2019 Ram 3500 Limited w/ Max Tow pkg
donzinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2015, 01:44 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Abingdon
Posts: 11
Virginia
I always make sure i park where the front is high. That way I can stop front jacks just after contact. This will stabilize without trying to lift rear of my truck. Use back jacks to level
__________________

Robsco is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Dutchmen RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×