Levelling ramps at the back (1 Viewer)

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So If I need to raise the back of the van is it best to put the ramps behind the rear wheels and reverse up or put them in front of the rear wheels and drive forward? I feel as though I should know the answer but not sure. Also if using the ramps on a hard standing (stones or tarmac) what's best to stop them skidding away ? I currently have a set on Milenco tridents.
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So If I need to raise the back of the van is it best to put the ramps behind the rear wheels and reverse up or put them in front of the rear wheels and drive forward? I feel as though I should know the answer but not sure. Also if using the ramps on a hard standing (stones or tarmac) what's best to stop them skidding away ? I currently have a set on Milenco tridents.
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Is there any reason to use them at all on a hard standing, if its pretty flat anyway?

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Always best to drive forward onto ramps as 1st gear is lower than reverse much easier on the clutch.
To stop ramps sliding away on hard surfaces attach about 9" of webbing to them once the tyre is on the webbing it will hold the ramps in place. Safety belt webbing is ideal.
 
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Is there any reason to use them at all on a hard standing, if its pretty flat anyway?
Of course not, if it's level then you don't need leveling ramps.

But, we're on a hard standing at the moment, Abbey Wood camc site, and whilst the pitch is level front to back, it certainly isn't left to right, so I've drove on, then reversed up my ramps with both on the offside to level my van sideways 👍
 
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Of course not, if it's level then you don't need leveling ramps.

But, we're on a hard standing at the moment, Abbey Wood camc site, and whilst the pitch is level front to back, it certainly isn't left to right, so I've drove on, then reversed up my ramps with both on the offside to level my van sideways 👍
I suppose it could be worse on a designated hard standing, where you cant drive around until you find a flat bit.
 
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my Sundance is annoying higher at the back than the front so i pretty much always have to use ramps to level it off. It also has rear air suspension which makes it even higher. Its a real pain.

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Of course not, if it's level then you don't need leveling ramps.

But, we're on a hard standing at the moment, Abbey Wood camc site, and whilst the pitch is level front to back, it certainly isn't left to right, so I've drove on, then reversed up my ramps with both on the offside to level my van sideways 👍
Be very careful reversing up ramps on a CAMC site. Rule 14,007 says motorhomes must drive forwards onto ramps. The Hierarchy will around to put you right 😂😂😂
 
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Which pitch up on bobbyg, were on abbey wood also
76, sorry for the late reply, did Harry Potter show last night and got back late 😂

Are you out the back of us, gold Hymer with a 'fun' plate?

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Don't know why but on bottom of my Milenco's quite clearly state don't reverse onto ramps.
 
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If you're facing downhill drive forward onto the ramps. If facing uphill reverse - this way the slope helps you and less chance of running away when you come off the ramps.
On level ground (have the same problem, the back end is usually higher than the front) I just look at how much manoeuvering room I've got for when I come off the ramps.

But whichever way you do it, have someone helping and watching you don't over-run and go off the end - seen that a couple of times and apart from getting stuck it's almost always expensive!

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My worst experience was ramping front and back drivers side to level the van. So after positioning the ramps drivers side front and back, to run forwards up the ramp, the near side front driving wheel span sending the van sideways and drivers side fell off the ramp. The ramp smashed through the engine tray. OK £100 for a new tray but oh no! I also pushed the whole bumper forward so the engine tray no longer fitted. Cost me £2000 to put the damage right.

My next van will have levelling ramps!
 
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my Sundance is annoying higher at the back than the front so i pretty much always have to use ramps to level it off. It also has rear air suspension which makes it even higher. Its a real pain.
Is it so important to get the van level? We prefer ours being higher at the back if only for sleeping head up.
We never do and we never use ramps - we only ever find a spot that is reasonably flat and that will do.

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Is it so important to get the van level? We prefer ours being higher at the back if only for sleeping head up.
We never do and we never use ramps - we only ever find a spot that is reasonably flat and that will do.
Because our shower has only one drain and if we aren't the right way it doesn't drain very well!

And fridges prefer to work on the level too
 
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Because our shower has only one drain and if we aren't the right way it doesn't drain very well!

And fridges prefect to work on the level too
Ahh!
The shower can be a problem but if we are going to have a shower that night then I do take notice of the angle to drain.
This new van has made it easier now it has two drains.
All our fridges have always worked on a slope so its never been an issue.
 
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My worst experience was ramping front and back drivers side to level the van. So after positioning the ramps drivers side front and back, to run forwards up the ramp, the near side front driving wheel span sending the van sideways and drivers side fell off the ramp. The ramp smashed through the engine tray. OK £100 for a new tray but oh no! I also pushed the whole bumper forward so the engine tray no longer fitted. Cost me £2000 to put the damage right.

My next van will have levelling ramps!

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my Sundance is annoying higher at the back than the front so i pretty much always have to use ramps to level it off. It also has rear air suspension which makes it even higher. Its a real pain.
If it's due to the air suspension why not let it down?
 
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Our MH is naturally nose down, so we are delighted to find a pitch with a bit of up slope !
 
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