Big day tomorrow (hopefully)

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  1. Jasz

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    After 6 long months wait and 2 unexpected delays, we are due to pick up our first motorhome tomorrow :)
    Our revised plans are to have 2 nights at the Grafham Water caravan club site, which is only a short drive from the dealer's, to check it out and get a feel for it before heading home.
    One question, do people ever need to use ramps on hard standings?
     
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    From my rather limited experience probably not but it does depend on the site. There will be some sites on a slope where even the hardstanding is not level.
    But as a rule, so long as the wine glass does not slide off the table then everything is ok
     
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    Exciting times :) Yes you'll find plenty of hard-standings are not level enough to be healthy for your fridge.
     
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    Exactly my sentiment(y):)
     
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    Why? What angle is not healthy for your fridge?
     
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    When the door swings open ?
     
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    Assuming your fridge runs on gas, then anything greater than 7 degrees is not recommended.
     
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    The gas system when lit has a small flame at the bottom rear of the fridge, this flame MUST burn up inside a small tube for the heat to do its job.
    Now the flame is very small and will always burn vertically, so if the van is on a slight slope the flame will burn outside of the tube or not directly into it so wont cool.
    Most of the new range of fridges that use gas can work on a slight slope but not too much. However, if you are on EHU you won't be using gas for the fridge therefore won't have a problem. Happy trucking. :)
     
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    Congratulations ! Enjoy your new MH :)

    In our limited experience we have found ramps are sometimes required on hard standings that aren't level.
    Apparently if the fridge is running on gas it needs to be level to operate effectively from what we have read on here.
     
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    Yes !

    I don't worry about the fridge too much but do insist on a reasonably level bed !!
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Firstly based on my wheelbase being 3.45m, there would need to be 424mm difference in height between the front and rear wheels to give me a 7degree incline, I think it's unlikely that any hard standing will be on that much of an incline (I'm guessing not many camping fields or even pub car parks either). Secondly if I'm on a hard standing, logically I'm going to have EHU so wouldn't have the fridge on gas anyway :)
     
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    Thanks, (y) I will take them just in case. I just wondered as they take up a fair bit of space in the car.
    Can't wait now.
     
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    I have had to level up on some hard standing pitches, but most are level enough not to be an issue. For levelling purposes we carry one of these in the van:

    Simply place it on a work surface, and check both planes (front to rear, and left to right). As long as the bubble is roughly in the middle I don't bother with the ramps.
     
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    I use a Smartphone app :)
     
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    :)Useful to be level for draining the sink after washing up and draining the shower.
     
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    Exciting day tomorrow - enjoy :clap:
     
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    We agree ! Fridge seems ok but a level bed is a must! Having spent many years in sleeping bags in tents and ending up squashed! We do use chocks on sites with hard standing !
     
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    I cant get my head round the figures just now, but that doesn't sound right are you confusing % and angles?
     
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    I have seen some motorhomes that need blocks even when the ground is completely level, some seem to be built nose down
     
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    And your beer falls out. :LOL:
     
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