SHE'S ROLLING INTO ME AGAIN!

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  1. cazian

    cazian Funster

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    We've been motorhoming now for about seven years, I still can't get my head round leveling the van when it slopes both ways. Is it possible?
     
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    Yes. Buy a couple of large pillows. (y)(y):)

    We don't really bother, as long as (and if possible), our heads are 'uphill' of our feet. A bit of front to back dosent make mush difference. Be careful, you can get really paranoid about levelling up, something to avoid, as your sat outside looking at the damned thing all the time, and wondering......'Is it level enough'?
     
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    Yes, within limits with just two ramps. Decide which wheel needs the most lift and the wheel goes to the top of that ramp. Decide which wheel needs the next most lift and position the ramp relative to the first so that the wheel typically doesn't go up as far as you drive up. It is essential the ramps don't slip, so get the plastic tails that the wheel goes over to hold them. That's then not far off what you can do.

    Or in my case, I press a button (feeling smug) :)

    Dave
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    "Yes".......... VB... full air suspension... (y):D
     
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    Best levelling device? A large glass of G & T; after one, who cares if it's level!
     
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    Not sure what you mean by "slopes both ways". If our van is sloping to the front & one side or to the rear & one side then we just use a single leveller under the low wheel or two as Dave has said above.
    In general so long as the fridge lights and it isn't too much hassle to drain the shower it's level enough.
     
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    Ever tried to cook a couple of fried eggs in a frying pan if the van ain't level? They roll into each other, plus you heads not level and the fridge may not work on gas, so get it level(ish)
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I think the large G & T sounds good:wine:
     
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    I have never bothered just get pissed job done :drink::cheers:
     
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    I think I might be a bit OCD, I like to be level, always were with the caravan which is our course a lot easier than 4 wheels. Now we have the motorhome I don't see any reason to let standards drop so I am with Dave and just push the button, if you don't have the luxury of hydraulic jacks or 4 way air suspension it still makes life a lot easier if you have air suspension on the rear axle that you can raise or lower as that does half the job for you without messing with too many ramps.
     
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    We were on a slope last night and would have been head down so we just moved our pillows to the other end of the beds :LOL:
     
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    We had a similar situation a couple of months ago......... so we put TWO levellers under the 'lowest most downhill' wheel'....

    About 20 minutes later whilst having a brew we wondered what the strange 'scraping' noise was????

    Then...........

    BOOM ..... the two chocks shot out across the car park and we suddenly 'dropped' :eek::eek::eek:

    No damage........ we just felt a bit stupid (there were other vans in the Aire) :rolleyes:
     
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    Not if it slides off the table because it's not level!;)
     
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    I would caution against using just one leveling ramp, particularly with a coach-built.. C or A class.. as this can twist the chassis resulting in body joints being stressed and opening up.. you won't notice until they leak..

    Just my opinion.. but I'd rather suffer eggs at one side of the frying pan as a leak..
     
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    As long ad I roll into the wall rather than out of the bed lol
     
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    I think maybe the stress of constantly changing wheel loads when the van is being driven will be somewhat greater than that caused by a single ramp?
     
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    you have a point.. and certainly on uneven / rough ground, ..on tar mac.. very little
    'normal' coach built motorhomes shouldn't be used off road any more than is necessary..

    but as I said.. my opinion .. jacking or using a ramp on one corner will twist the chassis
    Panel van conversions don't have this problem..
     
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    We have an app called 'Tiltmeter' which helps determine how to place the ramps. Pity it doesn't actually level it :wink:
     
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    It's easier to put chocks under the table to stop the G & T falling off
     
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    Don't go to Portugal then Jim, all their roads are like that. :LOL:
     

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