How to level a motorhome

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  1. Sue

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    Here on just our 3rd outing, on a sloping pitch, soft ground...how do we level? .....the chocks won't work..... start to sink into the ground.
    What do you do?
     
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    I don't think you can.................I would move to somewhere flatter or turn the van so that my head was higher than my feet in bed if not

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    Move to another pitch/location? If the ground's that soft I don't think I'd be parking on it even if it was perfectly level.
     
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    if levelling ramps are sinking you really need to move somewhere else

    what ramps have you got?
     
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    Just
    just everyday, but quite large ramps
     
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    We are in castleton , farmers field, not so soft, but too soft for ramps
     
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    Fields Farm CS by any chance? That is pretty sloping.
     
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    ramps will have a wider base area than your tyres, so if the ramps are sinking I would expect the MH wheels must be as well

    In your position I would be using the ramps, if not possible I would either put up with it, or as above, move positions or sites if needed

    It is now too dark to do anything, have a glass of whatever you prefer, or two glasses, it will soon seem level (y)
     
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    Yes, that's the one
     
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    If there's nobody on it pitch number 6 is the flattest.
     
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    We are on 5 ... 6 occupied..will move tomorrow if they go and we aren't stuck in!
     
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    We were on 6 last time we were there. I think from memory we used our ramps but we could have lived without them if we'd had to. The ground was pretty solid then though.

    Castleton is great isn't it. How many of the pubs have you been to so far?
     
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    Castleton is really lovely. I was surprised by how nice it is, just been to the Castle...only just arrived so a bit behind on that front
     
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    Ye Olde Nags Head and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese are my favourites (y)

    Food in the Nags Head is great.
     
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    agree with pub recommendations above, did the castle once, too many steps for not enough to see for me, I will wait in pub while family go up next time :)

    back to your original question, before we fitted E + P jacks, we used Millenco Quattro ramps, some say they are too big, but we never had a problem driving straight on

    That said we are rear wheel drive

    Its all part of the learning curve / fun :D
     
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    (y) That's one for tomorrow then.
     
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    We drove onto a sandy pitch on a beach in Morocco last year shortly after a major storm. I walked the pitch to make sure the sand was hard packed and then waved the driver (Gwen) in.
    As it sloped a bit side to side I got out the ramps and put one in front of the front wheel and one in front of the rear. I said to Gwen to give some juice but the van didn't move.
    I asked her if she had put it in gear which got me a smack around the ear, and she tried it again with the same result.
    I walked round the other side of the van to discover the front wheel had buried itself up to the axle - the sand had a hard dry crust on top,but five tonnes of Burstner had gone straight through it.
    As it happens by this time we were just about level so we left it like that for two weeks by which time everything was well dried out and we managed to get out without too much difficulty.
    So, if you can't get up the ramps, spin the wheels a bit and you might just end up level!
     
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    leveling is easy with large scaffolding planks and blocks of wood, mine are cut up railwaysleepers.
     
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    Turn your van in the opposite direction and put your ramps under the rear wheels..........the over hang creates higher lift and you can get nearer level that way.
     
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