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The Hydraulic Leveling Jacks on My Motorhome Will Not Retract All The Way

by Andy Pino
(Escondido, CA 92025 USA)

I have a 1995 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37 foot Motorhome and I can't find an owner’s manual to see if I can resolve my problem. The problem is that the front stabilizer will not come up when I push the button to release it to come up. I was able to get all three stabilizers to go down and all worked fine.


When I wanted them up, the back two came up fine but the front one is stuck although it did rise about 2 inches then stopped. The manual gives instructions for how to raise it in cases where it doesn't work, but I don't know where to find the part that it states I can work to get the stabilizer to go up. Help!

I can't move the Motorhome until the front stabilizer goes up. Thanks for anything you can do to help me.

ANSWER: Greetings Andy thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

Sorry to hear that you are going through this. There are a couple of things you can try before you have to call out the professionals to take a look. The jacks on your Motorhome are made by Powergear.

Here is what Powergear recommends you do if your leveling jacks do not fully retract. First check your jacks to see if they have grease fittings on them. If they do; use a grease gun and shoot some Lithium Grease into the fittings.

Next using a clean cloth you need to clean off the jack chrome rod and spray it with some Silicone Spray (Do not use WD40).

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Once you have greased and sprayed the chrome leg try rotating the jack to spread the grease evenly. Now lower all of the leveling jacks and perform the same procedure on all of them. Also make sure to spray the stubborn leveling jack with more silicone spray.

Once all of the leveling jacks have been cleaned, greased and sprayed, try retracting the jacks again and hopefully your stubborn jack will now fully retract. If it still only partially retracts you can try to use a crowbar and some pieces of wood for leverage to try to push it up to its fully retracted position and take it in and have a Certified RV Technician determine what the problem is.

You should perform this routine jack cleaning, greasing, and spraying procedure at least once every year to prevent future problems.

I hope this helps.

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