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Old 02-09-2003, 11:12 PM   #1
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Leveling a trailer

I'm new at this trailer stuff but did pilot a '36 ft motor home for a number of years. As a result of that experience the thought of using blocks to level dual axels is not thrilling.

Has anyone used a hydraulic jack?

Seems like you could put it under the jack point or the frame near the axle and level up much quicker than messing with blocks and such.
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After learning how to level our 28 ft MH that has no hydraulic levelers and having owned 2 dual axle Airstreams I long for the good old days!

The dual axel leveling is easy beacuse you have 2 close points to lift. They usally need to be lifted the same amount. I used Lynx levelers when I had a trailer and just guesstimated the lift I needed to get the trailer level side to side. If your unit has one of the large exterior levels the scale seems to indicate a 1-2 inch lift per mark off of level. The front to back is easy to do with the tongue jack. IMHO compared to a MH, a trailer is a cinch!
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Old 02-10-2003, 09:04 AM   #3
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the learning curve

once you figure it out, it is much faster than getting the a hydraulic jack out. Just set your blocks in place and drive up on them. Piece of cake.
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It's not rocket science

With modern refrigerators, if it looks level, it is probably level enough for an overnight stay. For longer periods, I take a little more care. I have a big level on the front that I can see from the driver's seat and a small level on the side for fore-aft levelling with the tongue jack.

I also use Lynx levelers and/or the yellow ones that Camping World now sells. If the trailer is near level, I may only put a block under one wheel of the pair.

The big thing is that when you use blocks, chocks are ineffective at the best and often impossible to use. I have one of the expanding between-wheel chocks that goes on whichever side has levelling blocks in use. On the side that is on the ground, I use chocks.
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I think leveling a trailer is one of the easiest things to do when camping.

Our previous trailer sat lower on one side and now after reading a lot on this forum I realize that I had bad axles. Anyway, it always bugged me that most of the time whenever we'd pull into a campground that it would be consistently low on the same side.

I try and keep a treated 2X6 or two handy for leveling one of the sides if needed and just drive up on that when I know where I want to position the trailer. Also, as John stated I use the chocks that lock between the wheels. Most of the time, I just try and find a level spot to pull into and rarely even need to make an adjustment for the sides anymore. When it's level from side to side, I adjust the power jack up front until its level from front to back watching the level indicator on the front of the trailer.

Works like a charm!

Crank down the stabilizer jacks and you have it.
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Old 07-10-2003, 06:31 AM   #7
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You gotta be careful if you use jacks because even the factory mounted stabilizer jacks can torque the frame. At the midwest rally, Jack showed me the proper settings. The way I was doing it was making the door harder to open and close (not that it wasn't already hard to start with--needs adjustment).

I use a few 2x6 boards and roll the trailer on them to get it as good as possible and then use the stabilzer jacks to lighten the bounce when done.

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I agree with you silvertwinkie, the stabilizer jacks shouldn't have very much weight on them!

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I think leveling a trailer is one of the easiest things to do when camping.

Our previous trailer sat lower on one side and now after reading a lot on this forum I realize that I had bad axles. Anyway, it always bugged me that most of the time whenever we'd pull into a campground that it would be consistently low on the same side.

Bill, I think it's a conspiracy. I have noticed that whatever campground I'm in, and whatever site I have (including my own driveway) the door side and the front of the trailer are ALWAYS low. And no, it's not the trailer; my axles are just fine. They just ALWAYS slope that way. I swear that even in the same campsite, if I turned the trailer around, the slope would change to the front curb side with the trailer, so that when you're done levelling, the doorsill is STILL always three feet off the ground! You have to either be Superman and be able to fly, or use a 6' stepladder to get in!

The Grassy Knoll, UFO coverups, Watergate, and now the Great Campsite Slope. Conspiracies All!!!

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Man there is a sea of twinky/twinkie on the forum this morning...we both have been busy.

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Twinkie, yep we have!

Roger, I just kept trying to convince myself that it wasn't the trailer and that it was just a coincidence all of the time!


After the trailer was gone and the newer one came along it appears level all of the time now so it must have been the trailer, I guess!
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Another reason for levelling

If I am staying long enough to use the shower, I am a lot more concerned about getting the shower floor level side to side than I am the refrigerator. The shower floor is essentially flat, so if I am curbside-low, I end up having to use my foot to sweep water over to the drain. Much easier when level or a little bit streetside-low and it drains by itself.

If the trailer is nearly level, I may put a block under just one of the tires on the curb side to insure good shower drainage.
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I've been talking to many techs about the fridges these past few days. I can tell you this much..... each and every repair shop person I spoke with and the website that was posted on the fridge issues threads all say the same thing. Fridges that are not leveled will fail. It may take years, but they will fail before they should. I'd be concerned about both aspects. The one aspect would be a more costly repair.

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I've been talking to many techs about the fridges these past few days. I can tell you this much..... each and every repair shop person I spoke with and the website that was posted on the fridge issues threads all say the same thing. Fridges that are not leveled will fail. It may take years, but they will fail before they should. I'd be concerned about both aspects. The one aspect would be a more costly repair.

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Most of that is a relic of the past when levelling of the older refrigerators was super critical.

We had a talk a few years ago from a Norcold rep who said you could put a tire up on the curb and the refrigerator would not be harmed. Dometic says that if you are comfortable in the trailer, the refrigerator is fine. Those are the folks that write the warrenties and I'll trust their judgement.

Most all refrigerators will fail in time; they are loaded with a corrosive fluid and constantly temperature cycled. The thing is that those repair shop techs really have no idea why a specific refrigerator may have failed. Much easier to just blame it on levelling.
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