Don't reverse on to levelers

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  1. normanandsue

    normanandsue Funster

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    Whilst away on continent (Just avoiding Switzerland Brian) I noticed several people reversing on to their levellers. I also seemed to remember a thread about the benefits of reversing on to levellers, though can't remember what the benefits were?

    But having given it some thought I considered there may be an advantage if the ground were a little wet coming off the leveller forwards would give better momentum and perhaps reduce the possibilities of being stuck on wet slidy grass or in the mud.
    So I reversed onto the levellers................................

    The mh went back perfectly over shot the leveller firing it forward and upwards under the front bumper and as the mh lost height it fell on the leveller jamming it and causing it to act as a lever to prise the front bumper from the side fairing.
    With the leveller now suitabley jammed into the soft grass and under the bumper we had to drive on to the other leveller to gain height in order to remove the previous leveller.

    Lesson learned = Don't reverse on to levellers:cry::cry:

    There is a plus side to this. John who was in the mh next to mine knew a guy at Falkirk who could repair the bumper for me! Paid the said man a visit and he says no problem at all. He will manage the repair and repaint the bumper for me, when we get back from Lincoln; a job I was wanting done anyway. So my unfortunate incident will turn out OK (This time):thumb::thumb:

    Norman
     
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    Bailey58 Funster Life Member

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    I'll try later. :Doh:
     
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    I'll second that, I reversed up the levellers and went over the top and put a hole in the under floor storage area, lucky for me it was in a void so quick patch up and all's well.
     
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    Reverse is a lower gear so less clutch:Smile: required buttttt can have its draw backs:cry:
     
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    May I suggest, with respect, that maybe you should reverse onto your levelling ramps for the reasons mentioned... but do so properly... ie without going too far!

    Of course I am a rufty tufty off site motorhomer so wouldn't be seen dead with levelling ramps. :Wink:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Sorry to hear about the damage! :Sad:

    We have a couple of blocks of wood on board - can't think why ... but they come in useful when using ramps: just place them by the end of the ramp so if you do overdo things a bit the wheel will be on the block and the ramp won't be tipped.

    (The blocks are about half an inch thicker than the ramp end so you can feel when you're at the end of the ramp...)

    :thumb:
     
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    jb0371 Read Only Funster

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    Is it possible to overshoot while driving forward onto ramps:RollEyes:
     
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  8. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    I think you can do as much damage by driving to far forward as well..,,!!

    When Parked away from a site or safe parking. ie an aire or car park it could be that in case of any security problems you can just drive away easier, same as not using silver screens.. Of you were in a situation where you really did feel threatened and wanted to drive away it a bit tough when you have external screens fitted and have driven up ramps.. :Eeek:
     
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    Oh yes and then the mud flap got ripped off:Sad:
     
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    Snowbird Funster Life Member

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    What, and leave my nice new Milenco ramps behind. I think not :Smile:
     
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    A quick reminder to any Funsters who might be considering off-site motorhoming in Portugal (there are so very many beautiful possibilities).

    The police in general don't seem to mind "overnight parking" but sometimes (not often) frown on "camping".

    Put out an awning, get out tables and chairs or level up on ramps and you are definitely camping not simply parking.

    JJ :Cool:

    PS. Been pottering around Portugal for over 12 years now and have never been asked to move on.
     
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    Just like Spain then. You can park but do not camp!
     
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    I think well just stay wonky dont fancy the damage either way or my chances of getting husband to stop on command ever! :Eeek:
     
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    Must admit my first thoughts upon reading the OP were the same as subsquent repliers i.e. the key is nothing to do with reversing onto the ramps but going too far!

    When I were a lad and bent my first car, dad got me to drive up onto a set of ramps to see what damage I'd inflicted. They weren't the same as MH levelling ramps - big gaps between each rung so you could feel the car settling on each level, plus the top had one level gap so you could go one 'more' and know you were still OK. Really nerve wracking though and even now with the MH on our Fiamma ramps I feel like I must be about to drive off the end when I'm still OK.

    Proof you can do it safely, last year I managed this about a week after purchase:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Another good reason for driving a Mercedes, stick with rear wheel drive. But maybe then don't try and level the back end................. :Eek!:
     
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    How does that change anything?
     
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    magicsurfbus Funster

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    Bloody Hell are you telling me you're supposed to DRIVE onto them?

    I've been knocking them in with a sledge hammer - I'm on my 19th pair.
     
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    Fair point, typical me, I have no re-read original post, I had presumed the ramps had been 'squirted' out by the front wheels, rather than over enthusiastic acceleration.

    David
     
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    Why not just get the other half to watch and shout 'stop' when you're near the top? That's what we do.
     
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    That's what we do too and did on this occasion too, but forward momentum increased due to leveller sinking nose first into the softish ground
     
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