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Old 12-04-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Slow & straining landing gear

Since we picked up our 2012 Rushmore 35CK we have experienced slow extension of the landing gear as it picks up the trailer for unhooking from the tow truck. It also seems to strain more and more, as if it were running down the battery, as it gets higher from the ground. While it has never really been a problem I would like for it to at least strain less. Here is my question:

Would adding a larger battery help alleviate the problem?

I have talked with a RV repair person who said the gears and motor could not be replaced with a different set. I'm not sure I agree with that so if changing out the motor and gearbox would help I would even be willing to go that route. Just wondering if a "stronger" battery would help.

Thanks for any input you might have and if anyone has resolved this I'd love to hear how.

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Old 12-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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Running on battery does slow down retract and extend. I try to always use the gear when I am hooked up to electric.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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Robert:
It's hard to tell without seeing and hearing your landing gear, but I guess I would describe mine the same way. The more you lift, the harder it seems to strain.

If you haven't already done it, I suggest you call Lippert and talk with somebody there that is suppose to be knowledgeable with their landing gear setup. They should be a wealth of information and be able to answer your questions.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Lloyd, you are correct and have described it better than I can when you say "The more you lift, the harder it seems to strain."

I'm not sure there really is a problem but it bugs the heck out of me. My previous rig was a Holiday Rambler product and it was not like that. It was consistent no matter how high it went. I was just wondering if others experienced the same thing and had found a fix.

Just for clarification, I never operate the landing gear on battery only. It's always plugged in but, as I understand how dc systems work, the battery supplies the power and is recharged by the converter.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:26 AM   #5
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Mine has been that same way since new in 2007. As I understand it the higher you go the more weight you are lifting, thus the added strain
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:46 AM   #6
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Absolutely normal
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:36 AM   #7
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Actually, the higher you lift shifts a little bit of the weight behind the rear axles. Higher is not heavier. The lower the front is the heavier it is until the slight weight shift to rear.
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Dose the trailer get heavier the higher you lift it after it off the truck?
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Once it's off the truck the weight is the same whether you raise it higher or not.
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Not really just changes the load
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