Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Off With The Old, On With The New

9-27-10    Today as I’m typing this, we’re having the Big Foot Hydraulic Leveling System installed on our 5th wheel trailer. Looks like it will be an all day affair. We are sitting in the waiting room with the Joe and Sophie (our 2 cockers) lying on their bed. No Wi-Fi available so I’ll have to post this later today hopefully.

We started the day out by getting up at 5:00am in order to get everything packed up, hooked up, and loaded to drive 20 miles to the Quadra Mfg. by 7:00am. 


We backed the trailer into the shop and unhooked and they started working on it immediately. We asked where would be a good place to eat breakfast and they gave us directions.  It was a small town (White Pigeon) café called “Country Table Café” where all the locals go to eat. It turned out to be a really good recommendation as the food was excellent along with the service. I had the Country Café Skillet Breakfast which consisted of a bed of fried potatoes with shredded ham, green peppers, onions, mushrooms layered on top then scrambled eggs and 2 slices of cheese on top of that and then completely covered with sausage gravy. I know, it sounds like a Heart Attack in the making. Ha Ha.  Oh yea, and a pancake on the side that was at least 10 inches across.  I was only able to eat half my meal and took the rest with me for later. Carol had a scrambled egg quesadilla with hot sauce. If we manage to get hungry again by lunch, we’ll probably go back there.

         OFF WITH THE OLD                              ON WITH THE NEW


When we got back to Quadra, I went and checked on the trailer. They had already removed the old electric front jacks from the front storage area and were welding brackets in place for the Pump & Jack Assembly.



The front jacks will have a 30” extension and the rear jacks will have a 21” extension. They also had the rear piston and pump assembly mounted just behind the rear wheels onto the frame. They still have to run all the 12volt wiring and hook up all the hydraulic lines and install the full automatic control panel. 

Around 3:30pm, after 8 hours of work, they called us back to do the briefing on deploying and storing the jacks for loading and unloading.  I must say, it was a very impressive first sight, as they had the entire rig with all four wheels completely off the ground.

                             ALL FOUR WHEELS OFF THE GROUND  big_foot7

9-28-10   I’m finishing this post this morning because by the time we arrived back at the campground and got set up and had dinner, we were ready to go to bed since being up at 5:00am, we were dragging.  Oh yea, we didn’t eat lunch as we were stuffed all day after that huge breakfast. ha ha.

I have to say, if anyone is considering having this done, I highly recommend Quadra Mfg. the original manufacturer of this system. All components are made in house. All cylinders and shafts are turned on lathes and all parts are assembled in their shop. We’re talking completely AMERICAN MADE. One other note, we couldn’t have asked for a more professional, meticulous, and detailed install.  There were 3 proficient young men that did the install and they went above and beyond to make sure it was done right.  OUTSTANDING JOB!!!

Now, we have to wait until Thursday and see if we have the same results with our Air Conditioner.



  1. Sounds like you had some real professionals working for you there! :)

  2. Howdy, from you fellow Texans. Wow, that is impressive. We have put big foot levelers on our wish list. We really enjoy your blog. We plan on using a few of your handy tips for our RV. Really like the BackSeat High Rise idea. Our little ones would love being able to see out the windows. Really like the storm door conversion too.

    Stay Safe

  3. Wow! Looks like a nice system :) I wonder if they have a van sized version... Would be cool to be able to lift Taj off her wheels without digging out a jack!

    Small town cafes are such great places to eat! We always look for them first, rather than a chain restaurant. Following a hungry local usually pays off!

    97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"

  4. Glad everything turned out so well for you. I just called about having our fridge looked at. They want $99.00 service charge and $108.00 and hour to just look at it, and he is not sure he can fix it. I think I will just buy a couple of ice cube trays and forget it.

  5. Glad to hear you an a good experience. It's hard to find excellent service these days. Thanks for sharing the name of the company with us!



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