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Old 12-09-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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Question Newbee--How to park a Bambi on a 25 deg slope

Hi All,

Just bought a used 2005 Bambi and my driveway is at a 20 to 28 degree slope. I have no other place to park the RV for now. Local lots seem a bit scary and lacking security and the added cost is not a do-able thing right now.

So how can I park it on a slope. I have been looking at Chockes and levelers stackers, and hydralics. Can anyone give me a best practice to make sure this puppy is secure and stable?

Thank you in advance for your ideas!


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Old 12-09-2007, 11:09 AM   #2
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That kind of slope is going to have more than a 5 foot change in elevation over the length of your trailer.

That doesn't make sense.

Anything more than 5 or 6 degrees (10% grade) is going to make things very difficult. Backing on a slope like that can be very hard on transmissions.

Getting level is going to require some rather high lifting. Getting secure is going to take more than just your usual chocking. Getting in and out might require a ladder to get to the door.

Some re-thinking might be necessary here.

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Old 12-09-2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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For any suggestion we need a better discription of your driveway. You are stating a 50% difference in your assumsion.

If you have a 2 or 4 ft level place it on the drive and while lifting the lower end measure the height when the level is level. That will give us something to work with.

If you do this you should come back with a discription like 4 ins. in 2 ft or 8 ins. in 4 ft. These are just illustrations and not expitations.
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:17 PM   #4
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How about a picture of the proposed parking spot?

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Old 12-09-2007, 03:43 PM   #5
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Here's a parking pad put on a slope by a real expert.

Note the tripod to hold the coupler. Your incline may be more, but this one is pretty steep.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:36 PM   #6
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20 to 25 degrees is anything but a slight incline. That is a 40-50% slope. I know the driveways in Oakland are steep, but please tell us that you overestimated.
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Old 12-09-2007, 09:22 PM   #7
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Having been through the Oakland Hills, 20 degrees plus is very believable... There are ways to do it, but it depends on whether rear is higher or lower than front, and whether there is side slope also.. Goal is to get close to level if possible, but keep safe from rolling away and stable if you need to get inside while it is parked. Wheel ramps from auto poarts stores can help raise wheels and axles to avoid dragging rear, and have a recess to hold tires in place even at angle. Search (using tab above and key words) for "ramp" and "incline" and "level" to see some other ideas..


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what's a little slope...

here's a really parking challenge.

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chock it!

You should just forget about getting it level. If you don't hurt yourself you will hurt the Bambi....somehow. Those tri pods look precarious. Chock up both sides really well and move it out of the drive when you want to use the trailer or work on it. Backing into such a place is another whole area of problems. Good luck.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:30 AM   #12
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With that slope, you don't have too many options. I don't see how you can get anywhere close to level with a 20 - 28 degree slope. We don't allow that in our town for fire access reasons. I don't like the chock idea too much but may be the only thing you can do. If you try the chock, attach the chocks to a piece of plywood so the chock won't slip. The wheels will set on the plywood and rest against the chock. Make it a BIG chock.
My first choice would be another location...but I understand financial restraints.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:33 AM   #13
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that's a steep slope anyway you cut it. i'd recommend looking for a storage yard in the area, not ideal, but better than having a precarious setup in the driveway. i sure wouldn't want to be your neighbor down the hill

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i agree...check with your local mini- storage facility...sometimes they are a little less expensive...just make sure it is a secured area.


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