Using Levelling Ramps on Your Own

mikebeaches

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Is it a Euro 6?
I think it's only the Euro 6 Comformatics that do it.
That's a possibility, and I did wonder when you said yours was 2017.

Ours is a, so called, Euro 5+ (presumably just 'Euro 5' to everybody apart from the Fiat marketing department ;) ), rather than Euro 6.
 
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Lenny HB

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That's a possibility, and I did wonder when you said yours was 2017.

Ours is a, so called, Euro 5+ (presumably just 'Euro 5' to everybody apart from the Fiat marketing department ;) ), rather than Euro 6.
My last van was Euro 5+ that didn't do it.
1st time I came across it on this van I thought the gearbox had gone wrong it had only done 2 miles. 🤣
 
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May 23, 2018
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I'm beginning to wonder if it's easier to pitch a tent than park a MH
You can’t level them, either!

I don’t understand why there isn’t some sort of manual built in levelling system. People do it all the time with caravans. Motorhomes must have existing jacking points, and jacks are not exactly new or expensive technology. I know it’s moatly couples, but it’s a royal pita to do in your own, especially if you don’t have the ‘feel’ of it from doing it many times before with guidance.
 

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You can’t level them, either!

I don’t understand why there isn’t some sort of manual built in levelling system. People do it all the time with caravans. Motorhomes must have existing jacking points, and jacks are not exactly new or expensive technology. I know it’s moatly couples, but it’s a royal pita to do in your own, especially if you don’t have the ‘feel’ of it from doing it many times before with guidance.
I wonder if it's easy to weld up a couple of steel pipe sections to make an adapter: to allow a standard £15 lidl bottle jack (etc.) to slot safely into the jacking points.

Then one would just put a jack under the 1 or 2 lowest jacking points and securely pump them up a bit to make it all level. The rigid connection to earth would stop swaying in the wind etc. and if a jack were to fail and sink overnight it wouldn't ever matter.

One could then throw away the scissor jack so the weight added would be minimal. And put a reminder on the steering wheel..
 
May 13, 2016
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You can indeed just stop and park. :) Reading the ground and using any available humps and bumps is an essential skill and if we can avoid using ramps we will. We can sleep either way round in our van so if we are nose up or down then we just adjust accordingly. :)
This calls for a little 'out of the box thinking'. Everyone is using ramps to get the low wheel higher. Why not dig holes under the high wheels to make them lower ..... sorted:D
 
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A bit of practice and you will get used to it after the first couple of times, don't use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, does it really have to be perfectly level anyway? No.
 
Jan 11, 2010
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Well that`s our 6th year & still loving it.
I am often parking up on my own, if I need to level the motorhome with a ramp under the near side wheels I just position the ramp, leaving the driving door open I mark a spot on the ground which is the same length as the ramp, I drive towards the marked spot but never past it and presto there you are.
 
May 21, 2008
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Of course there is a "not bothering to level" school of thought but sinks and showers not draining can be an annoyance and if we are heavily nose down the sliding door on our PVC can be a struggle to open - but on the plus side it does close itself very easily. :)

Any other options Funsters can suggest for solo levellers?
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Yes - do without them. I'm in that school. I don't want to find the room for them. I have been camper vanning for 11 years without using levellers and it's done me no harm. If there is a slight slope we opt for nose up so we are sleeping at the right angle. We avoid steep slopes and mountainsides.
 

Lenny HB

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Just this very minute checked mine. 2018 X290 Euro 6, reversed with the door open no problem. (y)
It's not supposed to, quote from the manual:-

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Also if you start it in gear it should automatically select neutral.

I wondering when your chassis was built, you can check on the Fiat C of C.
 
Aug 6, 2013
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You can indeed just stop and park. :) Reading the ground and using any available humps and bumps is an essential skill and if we can avoid using ramps we will. We can sleep either way round in our van so if we are nose up or down then we just adjust accordingly. :)
I can't breathe nose down :D .
 
Jan 8, 2014
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It's not supposed to, quote from the manual:-

View attachment 311304
Also if you start it in gear it should automatically select neutral.

I wondering when your chassis was built, you can check on the Fiat C of C.
Don't think I will check Lenny; probably built in 2004 and sold as a 2017/2018 model :(
 
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