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Old 03-28-2011
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I think we should reprogram the Beatles song "Help" into our musical horns. This way we can turn it on an yell, help, I need somebody. Not just anybody .....
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Michael and Shane

can you elaborate on how you got the jack to retract. I'll have to check mine for the location of the handles. Sounds like important info to know. Thanks
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Thanks for everyones help. I got the jack up and were heading back down to some warmer weather.
Glad you got it figured out.

For the good of the order, please post what you did.
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Well, made it back to Tampa. Raining, but warmer.

At first light this morning I was able to find a gang of 4 "T" valves. In my 88 WB I found them up under the curb side front corner. I'll get a picture of it and post it. I had read in a post somewhere that the hydraulic motor/solenoid units that control the jacks and are under the coach in the step area are set up so the outer units refer to the rear jacks, and the inners refer to the front. I assumed, and I hate to use that word, that the "T" valves would have the same configuration. So my first choice to open was the far left outer valve. And that indeed was the correct choice. There are small holes under each valve and once you open the valve, if they are under pressure, they will release the fluid and the jack will slowly rise. So have something to catch the fluid. If you have a jack stuck in the extended position and start opening the valves, if nothing comes out, then you have the wrong valve. Only the stuck one will have pressure in the system to be released. The others have already returned their fluid to the reservoir.
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Well, made it back to Tampa. Raining, but warmer.

At first light this morning I was able to find a gang of 4 "T" valves. In my 88 WB I found them up under the curb side front corner. I'll get a picture of it and post it. I had read in a post somewhere that the hydraulic motor/solenoid units that control the jacks and are under the coach in the step area are set up so the outer units refer to the rear jacks, and the inners refer to the front. I assumed, and I hate to use that word, that the "T" valves would have the same configuration. So my first choice to open was the far left outer valve. And that indeed was the correct choice. There are small holes under each valve and once you open the valve, if they are under pressure, they will release the fluid and the jack will slowly rise. So have something to catch the fluid. If you have a jack stuck in the extended position and start opening the valves, if nothing comes out, then you have the wrong valve. Only the stuck one will have pressure in the system to be released. The others have already returned their fluid to the reservoir.

Michael,

I'm glad that you got it fixed, after you checked with me I decided to look in my trailer and sure enough I did have a big crowbar, but by the time I got it over to you, someone else had already found one for you and already found out that didn't work and you looked like you were on the search and destroy trying to find the T valves, so I took my crowbar and went home

Please be sure to post that picture, be sure to use a flash to make it a clear sharp picture, as I'm also STICKING this thread to make it easier to find in the future.
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There is a valve block for the HWH jacks located underneath the coach behind the front step on most pusher Wanderlodges. These valve blocks have a "T" handle needle valve for each jack. Turning the needle valve counter clockwise opens the valve and the spring on the jack will retract the jack.

These valves are seldom (if ever) used and can be corroded and be very difficult to operate. Several years ago, I stripped the T completely off the needle valve shank and finally opened the valve with a vise grip and much unreapable language, completely destroying the outer body of the valve.
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That was the location we searched for the valves, but couldn't find them. The next morning I found them directly under the right front corner high up. These valves turned counterclockwise to open. It was not easy to turn.
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Here are a couple of pictures of the T-valves. One is the front and you can see the T-valve along with the holes on the bottom where the hydraulic fluid will be released once opened. The other is the back end of the gang of T-valves.
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do the sp have these

i never seen them??????
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do the sp have these

i never seen them??????
Funny. Woody beat me to it. I was JUST about to ask the same question. I've never seen these valves before either.
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