RV Upgrade - Lippert Hydraulic Leveling Jack

By:  Jim & Melinda Tanner

13th Feb, 19

Shopping for a new RV is fun; however, finding the perfect fit for you and your family can take some time.  When we were shopping for our last RV, an absolute must-have item on our priority list was auto-leveling. We had many frustrating moments with our prior RV when leveling proved to be difficult - like having to start over and connect the truck back to the trailer.

We have had our RV with auto-leveling for the past three years and it has been wonderful. Yet, about three months ago, Melinda noticed a small amount of fluid on one of the jack's pad. Sure enough, the jack was leaking a bit of hydraulic fluid -which was pooling up on the pad.

This wasn't something we could ignore so we had to get a replacement jack. We called Lippert Components right away and provided them with a few numbers off our existing jack so they could order the correct jack for us. 

While we have been able to do most of the repair work on our Bighorn (we consider ourselves a bit handy), this one was going to be a project we'd never done before! We decided to enlist the help of an RV repair professional. Enter Matt - owner of That Trailer Guy in Dundee, OR. We've used Matt for other large projects including solar installation, our custom hitch for our Bighorn and for our truck - so we knew he could help. 

Before you get started replacing your leveling jack, you'll need a good set of socket wrenches, a torque wrench, some "Pig" Oil Absorbent Pads, good lighting to see everything, a hydraulic hose plug (Matt used "Pig's Tail Plugs") and a nice creeper board is always helpful when working under the RV.   

Click the link below to see the full video on how to change out the leveling jack.


Jim & Melinda Tanner

Jim & Melinda Tanner


About Melinda and Jim......

We met at Oregon State University. Jim currently works in the high technology industry while Melinda works in Education. 

We have 2 boys and enjoy camping as a family and being in the outdoors.

Jim grew up in Oregon and Melinda, having moved from Virginia, has come to love the Pacific Northwest's vast outdoor/camping opportunities.