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Friday, October 30, 2009

Jack with Dinghy

Can I safely lower the jacks on my motorhome with my car attached to the hitch without damaging the jacks or anything else? Many gas stations are not level and I find that I need to level my coach in order to take on the most fuel. And, if I'm dumping, in order to drain the holding tanks fully, the coach should be level. It would be a real pain to have to disconnect the car every time.
Chuck, (Holland, OH)

Chuck, it should not pose a problem to activate the leveling jacks with the car attached as long as the tow bar, receiver hitch and ball mount have been properly installed. Unless you have quite a drastic angle to the "A" frame portion, the coupler will simply swivel very slightly on the ball as the coach finds its level position. Again, be sure the gas station and/or dump station is "relatively" level to begin with. 

I would avoid the practice if you are situated on significantly uneven pavement to start. Monitor the coupler/hitch area carefully as you attempt this the first time. There should be no contact between the rim of the coupler over the ball with any portion of the ball mount on the coach. If it looks as if the parts will make contact, stop the leveling process and unhook the car. And I agree, the RV lifestyle should not cause pain, but relieve it!


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