Campground levelling sequence

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  1. TJ-RV

    TJ-RV Deleted User

    When you pull into a campsite (campground, wild camping, or other), in what sequence do you do the following:

    - Dump air.
    - Lower the jacks and level the coach.
    - Extend the slideouts.
    - Pour yourself a drink.

    If you have a gas/petrol motorhome, ignore the air dump. If your motorhome doesn't have levelling jacks, substitute levelling blocks. If it doesn't have slideouts, ignore that bit. If you have no booze on board, go to the pub and don't collect 100 quid for passing GO.
     
  2. TJ-RV

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    If you don't have jacks, how do you level the motorhome?
     
  3. scotjimland

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    Don't have slides or jacks, we look for a resonable level pitch and put the kettle on.. :Smile:
     
  4. ruffingitsmoothly

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    Dump air, slide then jacks as per vehicle manual!

    Regards pat
     
  5. johnsandywhite

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    :Eeek: Just about everything I have read on the Tinternet says it should be the Jacks before the slide-outs? Discuss? :thumb:
     
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    We always level with the jacks before extending the slideout.

    It just seems more logical - and I would feel sorry for the poor little jacks on the slideout side having to work so much harder than the other two if we didn't!

    Bruce
     
  7. ukrv

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    There is a lot of support for the idea that you should (dump air then) extend the slides before levelling the coach, as this will leave it more level (or is that leveller).

    After all, if you do the jacks and then extend those heavy slides, the coach will lean toward them.

    I'm still not convinced so do the jacks first and then the slides. if there is too much lean I can always adjust the jacks slightly.

    Paul
     
  8. ruffingitsmoothly

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    Hi

    This subject was on the ARVE forum earlier last year here are a couple of posts

    AnotherPost was.
    So who knows?

    Regards Pat
     
  9. Sundowners

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    On our 5th wheel, we 1/ put blocks under wheels, to level side to side.
    2/unhook truck and use front legs to level back to front,rear
    legs down.
    3/Pamala goes inside, slide out, kettle on,
    4/while I look for a victim to talk to.
    Nigel
     
  10. TJ-RV

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    Thanks Pat. There are many such discussions on other forums, but that wasn't the point of my message. I know what my procedure is, as well as the one recommended by Monaco. I was asking what folks here do and also trying to turn on a light bulb for the folks who haven't thought about it. :Wink:
     
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  11. TJ-RV

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    I've done that myself many times Jim, both with our prior coach that didn't have jacks and our current one that does. OTOH I've been places where, even if you had jacks, you wouldn't be able to get the coach level.

    When we stayed at a friend's house in Belen, New Mexico, I reversed into the sloping driveway, then lowered the front jack. It wasn't long enough, so I retracted the jack, added a couple of wooden blocks and tried again. This time, the right front wheel was off the ground, so I retracted the jack and added a wooden block under that tire.

    Success. Went outside and walked around the coach, that's when I saw that the rear of the coach was sitting on the mud flap, which now had a very distinct bend in it.
     

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  12. Jim

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    Both my 12 foot slides had considerable damage caused to them by operating when the vehicle was not level. The forces on the slideout gears are very high at the best of times, add a dodgy angle and they can break. Broken slideouts whether stuck in or out definitely ruin your day.

    Mine got fixed under warranty, and if were not dead level then the slides do not go out.
     
  13. TJ-RV

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    Another one of those situations where I needed jacks and blocks. This was in our daughter's driveway in Kentucky.
     

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  14. TJ-RV

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    Good point re slide damage Jim. When we were at one of Monaco's factory service centres, one of my neighbours with an idetical coach to ours was having his bedroom slideout fixed. He told me quietly that every inch of storage space in cupboards in that slideout was filled with books. He knew he had far too much weight in there, but didn't want to tell Monaco.
     
  15. TJ-RV

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    Every darned site in this campground leaned to one side and front to back. But the view of Monument Valley, Utah was worth it.
     

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    Phew,
    All this slides, air-dump, jacks stuff is waaaay too complicated for me:Wink:.

    Arrive and, if not positioned inch perfect by a warden (as per C&CC) or inserted in a military line (others) then drive around until I find a reasonably level bit side to side, then use ramps (usually at the front) and deflate the air-rides if needed;
    Plug in;
    Put the kettle on, say hello to anyone pitched nearby, wind down the steadies;
    Wind out the Fiamma, lay and pin the ground sheet, set out table and chairs, chat to neighbours for a few minutes;
    Get the windbreak (privacy screen) out if needed, make derisory comments to each other about other peoples rigs (well they'll be doing the same :BigGrin:);
    Have cup of tea;
    Erect windbreak;
    Decide whether we're cooking in or going to the pub (this depends on how far we've travelled and how knackered Pat is - all the navigation you know);
    Express disgust that he / she didn't pick up after their dog had crapped on the grass;
    Express hope that the little angels three units over continue to be little angels and hate kicking balls around;

    That's about it really.

    Slides - Pah! Who needs 'em:Rofl1:

    John
     
  17. TJ-RV

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    LOL John, great list.
     
  18. TJ-RV

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    BTW I should clarify that I don't stress about the coach being level, although I do care that it's level enough for the fridge. If I can walk from the cab to the bedroom without falling over (while sober) and don't roll out of bed, that's usually good enough.
     
  19. JayDee

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    Tend to get a few complaints from the chef de cuisine if the hob isn't fairly level, but for the rest - we'll get by.
    I don't think I've ever had any trouble with a fridge - I think I've heard (or possibly mis-heard) that Thetford fridges are less pernickety about level than others. Anybody able to confirm or refute this? (Just for interest really - I'm not about to change it :Laughing:)
    John
     
  20. TJ-RV

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    Here's what Thetford has to say on their web site. Doesn't say much, but does suggest being level front to back and side to side.
     
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