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Lippert Leveling System: Resetting, Manual Leveling & More

Lippert Leveling System: Resetting, Manual Leveling & More

Leveling your RV is incredibly important to your camping experience. But it’s not just important for your comfort inside the rig. A level RV is also important for the proper functioning of RV appliances and shower drainage. Manual leveling can be frustrating and time-consuming. But products like the Lippert Leveling System can make leveling a whole lot easier.

In today’s post, we’re taking a closer look at the Lippert Leveling System.

What Is the Lippert Leveling System?

The Lippert Leveling System is an RV leveler that allows RVers to automatically level their motorhomes or travel trailers.

The system offers a kit that includes leveling jacks, all hardware, electrical components, and a control panel from which to operate the system.

All of Lippert’s systems allow you to level and stabilize your rig with the push of a button on the system’s control panel.

A Lippert Leveling System control panel

You can operate your Lippert Leveling System from the control panel installed in a convenient place inside your RV. (Photo credit: Lippert)

Power Gear Hydraulic Leveling System for Motorhomes

This is a four-point leveling system that not only levels but stabilizes a motorhome to keep the annoying, nauseating rocking, swaying, and general instability from occurring while you’re camped.

This system works well for Class A and Class C motorhomes and is operated using fully automatic (one-touch) or semi-automatic leveling.

Ground Control® TT Automatic Travel Trailer Leveling System

Lippert’s Ground Control system allows for the electronic stabilization and leveling of travel trailers. This is a 5-point system (including tongue jack) that is compatible with I-beam frames and travel trailers with a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of up to 10,000 pounds.

You can operate this system from your phone or another mobile device.

Lippert's Ground Control system for leveling and stabilizing travel trailers

Lippert’s Ground Control leveling and stabilization system for travel trailers is easy to operate. (Photo credit: Lippert)

Ground Control 3.0 Auto Leveling for Fifth-wheel Trailers

Lippert’s Ground Control 3.0 system is designed specifically for fifth-wheel RVs. The system makes leveling your fifth wheel easy. It even has auto-hitch memory to make your life easier.

Lippert’s Ground Control 3.0 system is available in 4-point and 6-point configurations and gives the rig two additional jacks and rounded jack footpads to increase the stability of the RV.

Lippert’s systems are complete and easy to operate. The only additional components you’ll want would be items for the landing gear such as utility blocks or SnapPads (which are like shoes for your jacks).

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How Do You Troubleshoot a Lippert Leveling System?

If you ever have an issue with the smooth operation of your Lippert Leveling System, troubleshooting is quite easy. The following steps are likely to help you to sort out the issue.

Check Your Monitor for Error Messages

A great feature of Lippert leveling systems is that the monitor displays error messages when the system needs to be reset or requires some other type of attention.

One of the most common error messages, for example, is “Out of Stroke.” This simply means that you’re attempting to extend a jack too far (the jack has gone down as far as it can) and it has run out of range. In this case, you’d want to manually level the system and then reset the auto control system. (More on resetting the system in the next section.)

Restart the System at the Control Panel

If you contact Lippert for assistance with an issue, the technician is likely to ask if you’ve restarted the system. This is one of the first things you should do when you encounter any type of problem.

To restart the system, simply shut down the power for 15 seconds or so, and power it back up!

Confirm Power to the System

Power is required to operate the jacks. A small amount of power is also needed for the control panel. You’ll want to make sure the system is getting the required power.

If there’s no power to the system, it’s possible that your RV battery has died, a fuse has blown, or the battery disconnect switch is engaged.

Check Electrical Connections

Driving an RV over hill and dale can loosen electrical connections at times. Check to make sure you don’t have a wire that has come loose or one that’s been damaged somehow.

For Hydraulic Systems: Check Hydraulic Fluid Level

Hydraulic leveling systems require proper fluid. Otherwise, the entire hydraulic system can experience difficulties. For example, you might not be able to raise or lower your jacks or open and close your slides.

If you have a hydraulic system, check the fluid reservoir to make sure it’s at the proper level. The fluid should be within 1/4″ of the fill spout.

It’s best to check your hydraulic fluid level at least once a month.

A family enjoying their camping trip with their travel trailer stabilized by a Lippert Ground Control leveling system

This family’s rig was leveled with and is stabilized by a Lippert Ground Control leveling system. (Photo credit: Lippert)

How Do I Manually Level My RV with a Lippert Leveling System?

There will be times when you’ll need to manually level your RV. Following are the steps to take to manually operate the level-up jacks when using a Lippert Leveling System.

Note: The level-up jacks are the pairs of leveling jacks before the front axle and behind the rear axle.

  1. Turn the system on by pressing the ON/OFF button.
  2. Push the “UP” arrow ONCE to display “MANUAL MODE”.
  3. Push “ENTER” once while the screen reads “MANUAL MODE”.
  4. Push the “LEFT” or “RIGHT” arrows to extend either the driver’s or passenger’s side level-up jacks. (Only one side of the RV will be lifted at a time.)
  5. Continue leveling the RV using the “FRONT” and “REAR” buttons.

If you need to RETRACT any of the leveling jacks, simply press the “RETRACT” button. You’ll see an orange light illuminated which indicates that the system is in retract mode, and you can retract your left, right, front, or rear levels as needed.

How Do I Reset My Lippert Auto Level Control?

If you need to “re-zero” your Lippert leveling system, simply take the following steps:

* Note that the RV must be level before resetting because the system uses the current level point to reset the system.

  1. Turn the power to the system OFF.
  2. Press “Front” five times.
  3. Press “Rear” five times. At this point the panel will read “ZERO POINT CALIBRATION” and all lights (front, right, left, rear) will flash.
  4. Press ENTER to reset the auto level control.

How Do I Get Replacement Parts for my Lippert Leveling System?

Obtaining replacement parts for your Lippert leveling system is easy. Lippert has an online store where you can purchase whatever you need, and their customer service is reportedly excellent.

Amazon sells a number of Lippert components as well.

Staying on the Level

Knowing how to level your RV is a pretty important aspect of RV ownership.

There are great automatic systems like Lippert’s that will make your leveling life much easier. But no matter how you level your rig, learning how to do it well consistently is key.

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Cindy Trumbo

Thursday 6th of July 2023

My problem is that the leveling system is slow to respond. Once I push a button it will not respond until at least 10 seconds has passed. That is after we have had the rig for at least 5 minutes to even get the control pad to turn on. Our rig is an 2018 Thor Ace 29.3. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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