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  1. Big bus man

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    Ok I am a bit thick so I need you to help me understand. Wheel ramps, why do you all use them? I assumed they were for levelling when the ground is uneven but I often see vans placed on level ground so the front is higher than the back. Ok most are done to make the habitation area level thus getting the fridge level which I guess is important but why does nearly every motorhome use them because I don't, am I not a real motorhomer then?? (n)
     
  2. Minxy Girl

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    We have them and occasionally use them, some people can't stand their MHs being even slightly out of level but then again some aren't overly bothered so long as their beer doesn't slide off the table!
     
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    I don't use them unless there is an obvious big slope. As long as the wine glass doesn't slide off the table it's near enough for me.

    EDIT: @MinxyGirl Great minds (y)
     
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    Some people just don't like level :LOL:
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  5. Tackle man

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    Both my Autocruise and Autotrail were nose down when parked up so I had to use the ramps to level up. Yes its for the fridge but is also for the interior doors that can swing the wrong way when on a slope. I also had the problem of shower water not draining away unless I jacked the back offside slightly.
    Ive now sorted all my issues by buying a Hymer Exsis i, no more problems. :D(y)
     
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  6. John Laidler

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    This is an old chestnut. Some folk don't seem to care, others like me prefer the water to drain properly from the shower tray and not have to fight with cupboard doors. Of course careful choice of parking spot can mean you don't need them but when they are needed and can be used, which on an aire may not be possible, they make life better for us. A bit of practice helps!

    It's hardly a big issue, use them or don't use them, entirely up to you. Probably best to spend less time worrying about what other people do and just get out there and do some motorhoming. You'll soon work out what works best for you. :)
     
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    Virtually never use them unles absolutely necessary which is not often. Parking on the natural ground is all part of the experience.
     
  8. CWH

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    We're OK so long as we're not sleeping heads-downhill, so we choose which way to park (ask a site warden nicely if they mind and they never have so far!) so we mostly don't use them unless the slope is excessive, like the edge pitches at Culloden.

    But I did see this back in April at Bath Marina, where this particular pitch was subsiding

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    We find that "levellish" is good enough.
    But the ramps are used quite a lot.
     
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    My new Dometic fridge refuses to work over a 7 degree angle of slope. Never thought I would use the spirit level app on my phone so much.:( Did not ever have that issue with the old fridge, and have had to buy some ramps o_O
     
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    We park up and walk along the interior of the M/H. If we can do it comfortably we don't see any need for ramps.
     
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    Every van we have owned apart from the Hobby has always naturally sat nose down
    In the early days we were both very sensitive to any deviation from dead flat... And in both the Hobby and the Miller so was the fridge !
    Anything more than a degree or so off the level and the fridge output fell..
    Nowadays we do not really worry about it.. It has got to be miles out before the ramps come in to play nowadays ! ( unless we are plotted up in one place for a few days... then they get used but it is mainly just because we have them so why not ! )
     
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    I do not like my feet up and head down to sleep or rolling sideways on uneven surfaces, like the Rutland site. Just do not drive over the end, BONK.
     
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    Is that a set of instructions, designed to divert motorhomers from sloping pitches?
     
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    We're fine till the wine in Mrs Badknees glass slops over the side of the glass then it's either ramps out or we move :LOL:
     
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    Last week we watched a poor MH'er backing his brand new van onto front ramps on gravel. Skid-skid-crunch, the left ramp flew backwards under the van and broke. Hopefully it didn't break anything under the van!
    Lesson learned (by us) - never use ramps on gravel without an anti-slip mat underneath!
    (I think also you're not supposed to back onto front ramps/ drive forwards onto rear ramps?)
     
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  17. CWH

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    Nah, that one's easy - drink from the bottle!
     
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    No, what it means is don't drive over the end of the ramp, have a bonk instead.(y) :LOL:
     
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    Shhhhhhhhhh, don't give her any ideas.:rolleyes::D
     
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    Exactly what I meant but was too polite to say ;)
     
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