SHE'S ROLLING INTO ME AGAIN! (1 Viewer)

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cazian

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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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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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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 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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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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Not long enough!
As long ad I roll into the wall rather than out of the bed lol

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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..
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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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?

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..
 

keith

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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..

Don't go to Portugal then Jim, all their roads are like that. :LOL:

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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)
Well, it all depends for whom the eggs are intended for. If it's yourself, then no problem. If they are for both yourself and a lady, also no problem, you just spent the night rolling into her! :) If she objects, eat both eggs yourself, and give her the beans. (y)
New style fridges are not as susceptible to levelling as older designs were(are).

In the past RV refrigerators were very sensitive to being level, if they weren’t level they would often not operate. This is not the case today. New RV fridges are less sensitive than their older counterparts in terms of operating off level. For instance, Norcold tells us that their fridges are made to “operate within 3 degrees off level side-to-side and 6 degrees off level front-to-back”. However, this does not mean you can expect your fridge to operate while parked on a hill. Level your RV normally. If all looks level your fridge should be ok to operate. If you want to be sure, or if you have an older fridge, you can purchase a little fridge level specially designed for this task.
 

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the rear of our camper is higher than the front so we can usually sort the back to front levelling by placing it appropriately to even out the slope, for side to side we use the ramps ... easy peasy! So long as we can cook and eat without having to hang on to the pots/pans with one hand to stop them sliding off we're happy.:)
 

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If you slope both ways aren't you on the top of a triangle, give us a ring and let me know!!!:D
 

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i use millenco caravan m/h leveler,s stop c where u lie put under wheel/s level also act as safe gaurd as chained [some times] to jack point,s

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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'?
Why waste your time looking at it, just carry a small spirit 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..


If the van is uneven when parked normally without levelling blocks, won`t this also cause the chassis to come under stress, therefore levelling should alleviate any potential problem caused to flimsies:drink:
 

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If the van is uneven when parked normally without levelling blocks, won`t this also cause the chassis to come under stress, therefore levelling should alleviate any potential problem caused to flimsies:drink:

NO.. not if the wheels are all on one plane.. the slope or incline of the plane makes no difference..

if you have three wheels on one plane and you jack up the fourth that will twist the chassis.. on a flimsy that will stress the joints..
 
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Personally I have a pair of Quattros and a Fiamma large yellow wedge , use the 2 quattros on main slope of vehicle and if necessary use the fiamma on which ever of the other two wheels as required.
 

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