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ericandalice
06-15-2012, 04:34 PM
Well, we made it home with our new RV. Got her as level as possible and decided to run out and grab dinner.

As we were leaving, we realized that the button that puts the landing gear down is exposed for all the world to see. We have some preteens in the neighborhood and my mind instantly went to the fact that they could come up and press the button. Anyone could.

Now at a campground, I'm not worried about it.

But here...

I put a piece of duct tape loosely over it, just so you can't see it's a button. Is there a way to turn the button off while we're away? Or lock it somehow?

gasman
06-15-2012, 04:36 PM
You could wire in a disconnect switch inside one of the front compartments.

ericandalice
06-15-2012, 04:59 PM
Eric mentioned the clear plastic boxes that businesses use to cover their air conditioning thermostat. What do you think? I'm pretty sure they have a open face plate that you screw to the wall then insert the cover an lock it. We could remove the cover while driving and setting up and keep it locked while we're away.

pegmikef
06-15-2012, 06:46 PM
Some folks use a battery cut off switch to keep folks from playing with it and anything else that runs off the battery.

jnbhobe
06-15-2012, 06:52 PM
I doubt if you'll find much of anybody will mess around with any thing on your Rv. If your putting it in a storage yard just disconnect the battery. You should do that any way if you leave it unattended.

ncc1701e
06-15-2012, 07:27 PM
Well, we made it home with our new RV. Got her as level as possible and decided to run out and grab dinner.

As we were leaving, we realized that the button that puts the landing gear down is exposed for all the world to see. We have some preteens in the neighborhood and my mind instantly went to the fact that they could come up and press the button. Anyone could.

Now at a campground, I'm not worried about it.

But here...

I put a piece of duct tape loosely over it, just so you can't see it's a button. Is there a way to turn the button off while we're away? Or lock it somehow?

Here was my answer to that issue after my switch failer at only 3 months old. While I do not lock the cover it can be. But it sure keeps the rain and weather off the swithch.

19843 19844 Got the cover from local hardware store, used a little dremel tool to square out the opening and the rest is history.

porthole
06-16-2012, 08:28 AM
You could just wait till you go to a rally and see what every body else does.

TravelTiger
06-16-2012, 08:39 AM
Ncc,

Where did you get your cover? I often think about this too, but in two years haven't had an issue. Really like that cover though for peace of mind.

E

ericandalice
06-16-2012, 09:34 AM
I also like the cover because I noticed after our first trip, the button gets a lot of grit in it and then gets stuck in extend or retract (which is kinda scary.)

RoadJunkie
06-16-2012, 06:13 PM
Not Iron-clad, but this may keep the curious away: http://tweetys.com/baggage-locks.aspx

I just realized that this won't work unless you have a door flap covering the switch. Mine has door flap so I didn't quite understand what you guys were talking about. Sorry.
(http://tweetys.com/baggage-locks.aspx)

JohnDar
06-16-2012, 06:22 PM
Don't have that problem with the Ground Control system. The outside switch only turns the system on/off, but does not operate the jacks. For that, you need the remote. But we've also not experienced anybody messing with our rig at the CG while we're gone for extended periods. Only problem was at the storage yard, 10 miles from home.

trvlrerik
06-16-2012, 10:17 PM
I just pull the fuse for the motor (mine is located just behind the switch in the front storage area).

ericandalice
06-17-2012, 07:04 AM
Not Iron-clad, but this may keep the curious away: http://tweetys.com/baggage-locks.aspx

I just realized that this won't work unless you have a door flap covering the switch. Mine has door flap so I didn't quite understand what you guys were talking about. Sorry.
(http://tweetys.com/baggage-locks.aspx)

Yep. No door flap here. I would like one because we've only had her a week and already that button has gotten a lot of grit in it. So when I hit it, it gets stuck in extend or retract. I have to keep my finger on it so I can hit it the other way.

We found a electrical outlet cover at Lowes for wet/outdoors. Heavy duty, perfect match to the rig's color. It almost fits. I'm just concerned that there isn't enough space there and a jostle might make the feet come down.

We'll look at Home Depot today.

I know the chances of someone messing with it are really low, but of all the things I'm worried about with our new 'home' well, let's say it's a short list. One item really. I just don't trust the landing gear and hydraulics yet.

danemayer
06-17-2012, 07:26 AM
It almost fits. I'm just concerned that there isn't enough space there and a jostle might make the feet come down.
If the clearance is due to the depth of the box, maybe when mounting it, you could shim it a bit with double-sided tape, or foam along the edge of the box.

ericandalice
06-17-2012, 08:30 AM
If the clearance is due to the depth of the box, maybe when mounting it, you could shim it a bit with double-sided tape, or foam along the edge of the box.

It did come with a foam backing, as it's meant to be used outside where it'll get wet, I'll wedge that in there and double check the clearance. Good idea!


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lwmcguir
06-17-2012, 08:38 AM
Really glad ours has the little flap. To keep the grand kids or anyone from lowering or raising the legs I installed a combination latch on it.

JohnDar
06-17-2012, 09:27 AM
Mine also has the flap cover, just like the rear stabilizer switch. Seems that it should be easy to find it online, but I've searched a variety of strings and still can't locate it. Maybe somebody with one that's near their rig could take a peek on it and get the nomenclature/info on it and post it. Four screws and a bit of caulk and you, too, could have a covered switch.

MTPockets
06-17-2012, 10:07 AM
My 2012 Big Horn came with a cover... I guess I assumed that's the way they were all made.

JohnDar
06-17-2012, 10:23 AM
My 2012 Big Horn came with a cover... I guess I assumed that's the way they were all made.

I did too, until I saw some rigs that don't.

boatto5er
06-17-2012, 10:48 AM
My 2011 Landmaqrk doesn't even have an exterior button, just the Level-Up controller. I'm going to try to install one so I can leave it in Myrtle Beach over the winter and they can move it on and off a site when I want to spend a long weekend there. Right now there's no way for them to manually raise and lower the front jacks.

porthole
06-17-2012, 02:03 PM
Call Heartland and ask about the box/cover used for the rear stab jacks.

They can also be found on Amazon or evil bay.


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ericandalice
07-20-2012, 10:01 AM
Thanks Porthole. I'm revisiting this thread for suggestions since the item we bought didn't quite fit. We left it at that, thinking we'd get around to it. The neighbor had some kids over today that has put this on our top priority list. They were into everything, including OUR trailer! :mad: Who knew one could swing on the basement door...

boatto5er
07-20-2012, 12:04 PM
Thanks Porthole. I'm revisiting this thread for suggestions since the item we bought didn't quite fit. We left it at that, thinking we'd get around to it. The neighbor had some kids over today that has put this on our top priority list. They were into everything, including OUR trailer! :mad: Who knew one could swing on the basement door...

You must have a lot more patience than I have...:rolleyes:

Silverado23
07-20-2012, 04:18 PM
Yep. No door flap here. I would like one because we've only had her a week and already that button has gotten a lot of grit in it. So when I hit it, it gets stuck in extend or retract. I have to keep my finger on it so I can hit it the other way.

We found a electrical outlet cover at Lowes for wet/outdoors. Heavy duty, perfect match to the rig's color. It almost fits. I'm just concerned that there isn't enough space there and a jostle might make the feet come down.

We'll look at Home Depot today.

I know the chances of someone messing with it are really low, but of all the things I'm worried about with our new 'home' well, let's say it's a short list. One item really. I just don't trust the landing gear and hydraulics yet.


You might check out this universal (12 way) cover at home depot. Model # MX1250S / Internet # 202266485 /
Store SKU # 330003

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202266485/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=weatherproof+switch+cover&storeId=10051&superSkuId=202908510

ncc1701e
07-20-2012, 07:23 PM
Ncc,

Where did you get your cover? I often think about this too, but in two years haven't had an issue. Really like that cover though for peace of mind.

E

The cover came from Menards, I've never seen that exact cover at a Lowes. I'm sure there are other hardware stores that carry the cover. 20395