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Old 03-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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leveling...

New here and can't find this..Do Airstreams come with any leveling aids? I don't see any listed but know leveling is very important...

please excuse if this is a dumb question
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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New here and can't find this..Do Airstreams come with any leveling aids? I don't see any listed but know leveling is very important...

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Old 03-22-2012, 12:13 PM   #3
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Hi Mack

Most if not all newer Airstreams come with four stabilizer jacks, one mounted near each corner. During the late 1990s and early 2000s the Classic Limited came with power operated stabilizers instead. The power stabilizers were available as an option some years, too, I believe.

Vintage trailers did not have built-in jacks, and it was customary for their owners to carry a-frame screw jacks and deploy them at each corner.

But the stabilizers aren't really meant for leveling, and the trailer frame can't carry the weight of the trailer on the four corners without bending.

Like most Airstreamers, I carry a set of Lynx levelling blocks and place them under the tires to level the trailer side-to-side. I level the trailer from front to back using the tongue jack.

Some Airstreamers use wood blocks instead of the plastic Lynx blocks, or use plastic blocks from another manufacturer. The main problem with wood blocks is that, when stacked, they tend to slide.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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New here and can't find this..Do Airstreams come with any leveling aids? I don't see any listed but know leveling is very important...

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Since in another post you said you were looking at both trailers and motorhomes, I'd add that at least some of the motorhomes had hydraulic leveling systems.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:31 PM   #5
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Yep I knew MH's typically have leveling systems...but I was wondering about trailers...
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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My 66 Tradewind does not have any stabilizer jacks and does not need them. My 84 31' Excella has manual stabilizer jacks and it does need them. Neither trailer has leveling jacks. I carry 4 2x6's of various lengths to level the trailer side to side. It works for me.

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Relating to my trailer, side to side leveling is done with wheel ramps and front to back leveling is done with the tongue jack.
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New here and can't find this..Do Airstreams come with any leveling aids? I don't see any listed but know leveling is very important...

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Please know, that the trailer "is never leveled".

A separate level is installed typically on the A-frame, AND calibrated to the reefer freezer compartment bottom plate or shelf in the freezer.

Then when you leveling, you will level the reefer, which is very important especially in hotter weather.

Usually, but not always, the trailer will also be level, when you level the freezer plate.

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Please know, that the trailer "is never leveled".

A separate level is installed typically on the A-frame, AND calibrated to the reefer freezer compartment bottom plate or shelf in the freezer.

Then when you leveling, you will level the reefer, which is very important especially in hotter weather.

Usually, but not always, the trailer will also be level, when you level the freezer plate.

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AH-SO!!!! I did not know that...not at all...
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A separate level is installed typically on the A-frame, AND calibrated to the reefer freezer compartment bottom plate or shelf in the freezer.

Then when you leveling, you will level the reefer, which is very important especially in hotter weather.
Dometic claims that this is not necessary for current production refrigerators. The design of the cooling unit has changed.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:43 PM   #11
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As far as the refrigerator goes, I believe mine said something like it should be as level as would make you comfortable in the trailer. I took this to mean that it should be close, but not perfectly level.

My problem is getting it level side to side. If my head is just a tad low when I lay down to sleep it really bugs me. The wife is usually asleep by the time I start to complain.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:12 PM   #13
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The manual for my new Dometic RM2351 says that you want the trailer to be within 1-2 degrees of level! So, I've been using 2x6s and a small torpedo level camping, and will level my permanent parking spot. Depending on where you're camping, you can use a shovel to dig out an inch or two to lower that side of the trailer
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