Levelling up

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Jun 20, 2019
158
6,422
Cumbria
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61,806
MH
HYMER MLT 620
Exp
2010
Able to see pros and cons without applying bias. Mentally balanced. Having an even temprement. Able to see the good and bad in a situation and make unbiased decision based on facts instead of emotion.
Thanks for that Burgo?(think I tick all of the above!!!)
 

Allanm

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Jun 30, 2013
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9,238
Cotes d'armor, France
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26,730
MH
Burstner Harmony TI 736 G
Exp
Since 1987
Our ramps are just plain flat triangles (ie no pockets or steps) but my dead easy system is this (Ducato based so 95 times out of a 100 we need to go up at the front) :
1 Place the ramp in front ......................................
7 check your spirit level, drop back down a bit if needed.

Works for us but, as always YMMV...
Spirit level? In a motorhome? :rofl:

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Jan 13, 2020
139
45
Spain
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67,999
MH
Hymer B514
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6 months in a 10m Southwind in the USA (2014). Just bought a Hymer and embarking on a tour of Spain
We have air suspension that gives us a fairly good leveling
Hi Lenny, my MH has pneumatic suspension. I didn’t realise this would help with levelling; does it do some sort of self adjustment? I’m not on the road with it yet so no clue...
 

Lenny HB

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Oct 18, 2007
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44,359
On the coast in West Sussex
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658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
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Since 2008 & many years tugging
Hi Lenny, my MH has pneumatic suspension. I didn’t realise this would help with levelling; does it do some sort of self adjustment? I’m not on the road with it yet so no clue...
If its full air once parked you press a button and it levels. You have to release the handbrake once it's started because its the suspension that's moving the swinging arm needs freedom to move. We find we can get dead level 90% of the time. Nothing like the range of Jack's but still pretty good.
 
Jun 4, 2011
40
278
Leicester
Funster No
16,728
MH
Swift Bolero 724FB
Exp
Since 1987
I travel solo and for about the last ten years I have used the Milenco Quattro levelling blocks already mentioned above. I also use large rubber mats under the blocks as, once, many years ago, I had an unfortunate incident on a smooth pitch where one of the blocks slipped from under my wheel as I drove up. It is easy to do on your own and you should not need help.

My routine, if blocks are needed, is to get the van into position about half a metre or so behind where I want to finish, put the mats butting right up to the front wheels and then place the blocks on top of the mats directly in front of the front wheels and give them a gentle kick to wedge them slightly under the tyre. Then one carefully drives onto the blocks and you can feel the van move up each of the four steps. I have a spirit level but I increasingly find that I use my own senses to decide if I am happy - it doesn't have to be spot on to feel right. I am assuming you only have to level up under the front wheels. I have never had need to do it any other way.

I did look into the aluminium risers mentioned above but I read several reviews which suggested they were just not robust enough for larger vans.

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May 23, 2018
647
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Leicestershire
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54,044
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Carthago Compact 138
I am not strictly solo (my co pilot sucks at this sort of thing though. She feels it will improve on her next birthday because she will ten and all grown up. I’m unsure) and I didn’t feel I could level by myself and had jacks fitted. I absolutely love them. I caravanned for years, and hated levelling the van, but hated being on a slant even more. The year we didn’t have them was a right pain.

I also lived in a old house with a sloping bedroom floor, which I became acclimatedised to, and couldn’t figure out how I felt head down at BOTH ends of the bed! Turns out it was completely level and I was used to sleeping head up! The levellers have been worth every penny for me.
 
Feb 9, 2018
246
383
Somerset
Funster No
52,343
MH
Autotrail Tracker
Exp
Dec 2017
First time I got the ramps out I shot over the edge 3 times ??, now if it's really bad I make sure it's the front that's lower, that way I can lean out and watch the front wheel, someone suggested putting a free standing mirror on the ground so you could see the wheels, too much faffing about for me, most motorhomers will give you a hand if asked.

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Sep 10, 2012
1,091
1,095
worcester
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22,842
MH
Sunliving van
Exp
2012
There are times when u need to level and times when u dont.
Worst I ever came across was the last spot in an aire in ne France which sloped diagonally 8ins (200mm) rear offside to front nearside within the white lines. Quartros and some planks I used to carry sorted it but nowadays I would just find somewhere else. Doing something as daft as that on your own would be a recipe for disaster.
 

Nanniemate

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Oct 1, 2019
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Wales
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64,882
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IH
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Owning my own a newbie
I use a similar method to Nasher put a container on the side and it is near enough the one and only time I got the levellers out was at Highlands end last July . The very kind marshal asked me which way I slept and I answered which ever way the van sloped.

He watched me on the first time but after that just went for it I have the steppy up up ones as they came with the van.
 
Feb 19, 2018
49
27,286
EAST ANGLIA
Funster No
52,484
MH
Murvi Morello
Exp
Since 1975
If you have problems with the ramps slipping away as you try to go up them, just drill a hole in the lower edge and attach a cord. Then, when you position your ramps, just pull the cord out so you run over this first and the ramps will stay in position until you start to climb. This allows you to have a short run up before the ramp instead of having to wedge them under the wheel.

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Sep 7, 2020
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33
Funster No
75,549
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Benimar Mileo 202
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Recent
For those that like the accuracy of a spirit level to confirm the van is level, there are loads of apps that do the same job. I have occasionally used one called Bubble when I have disagreed with the OH about which corner needs raising, just to prove I was right :LOL:
 
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