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The Colonel 10-09-2016 09:53 AM

Where to place level in camper to get truest reading
 
I set up my 25FC using a bubble level on back bumper but at night feel like I'm rolling out of bed. Where can I get a true reading of AS attitude? I don't mean whether my trailer is happy or not, lol.


Southern Belle on the road

brokeboater 10-09-2016 10:03 AM

Leveling is most critical for the refrigeration unit so leveling from inside the refrigeration box makes the most sense. If you want to level so you don't roll out of bed try a 2' level on the floor. I keep a 2' level in my truck and usually level from just inside the entry door.

AnnArborBob 10-09-2016 10:05 AM

We use a small (9 inch) level on the kitchen counter top. Works fine.

J. Morgan 10-09-2016 10:08 AM

I level on the floor inside the entry door on the floor using a level app on my iPhone....


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KJRitchie 10-09-2016 10:09 AM

I found the belt line mounted on the sides and front of my Airstream matches the floor level. I just use a torpedo level on the belt line and it feels level inside and is close to level in the fridge. It may or may not work for you. Some members mount bubble levels on the front but I prefer not to add them to the outside of my Airstream.

Kelvin

NorCal Matt 10-09-2016 11:13 AM

It's possible your bed itself is not level. I've seen complaints about the twin beds, I have not seen the same with the queen, but I suppose it is possible.

thiel 10-09-2016 11:21 AM

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Originally Posted by NorCal Matt (Post 1862128)
It's possible your bed itself is not level. I've seen complaints about the twin beds, I have not seen the same with the queen, but I suppose it is possible.

That sounds like the voice of experience talking, right there. I'd check the beds first!

AldeanFan 10-09-2016 11:41 AM

Get the longest level you can and put it on the floor and level the trailer, I used a 6' level I borrowed from my dad.
Once the trailer is level find some convenient places to place a small level and check those for level, then remember what spots are parallel to the floor.
My tongue and top of fridge both measure the same as the floor so I use a small torpedo level and set from those two spots.

Tincampers 10-09-2016 11:48 AM

Ditto on the floor. Modern fridges are not that sensitive to an out of level condition. If you are comfortable then the fridge should be fine. The iPhone app works great. You'll find it with the compass app. Slide left or right and it'll change to the level app.

Troy McLure 10-09-2016 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by AldeanFan (Post 1862139)
Get the longest level you can and put it on the floor and level the trailer, I used a 6' level I borrowed from my dad.
Once the trailer is level find some convenient places to place a small level and check those for level, then remember what spots are parallel to the floor.
My tongue and top of fridge both measure the same as the floor so I use a small torpedo level and set from those two spots.

That's my procedure too. I keep a small bubble level in my toolbox & use it on the tongue when I start the parking process.

jcanavera 10-09-2016 12:14 PM

Since fridge is truly the most critical component affected by level, I've used a round bubble level placed on the floor of the freezer compartment. Once getting that dead on, I made my initial adjustments on my dealer supplied level which is mounted just below the front window guard. Now I just use that outside level when I set up.

Jack

tevake 10-09-2016 12:27 PM

I also use the kitchen counter, but have read here and agree that the really critical spot to level is the stove top.
Do all of your eggs end up on one side of the pan?

See its critical , roll out of bed meh, piled up eggs unacceptable.

Cheers Richard

richw46 10-09-2016 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by AnnArborBob (Post 1862112)
We use a small (9 inch) level on the kitchen counter top. Works fine.

That's where I place mine, but I have a small triangle level that has 2 site windows, one for each plane. If both are in the zone I perform 2 final checks. The fridge door needs to stay where you put it or go closed, not go backwards toward the closet. The other test is the bathroom door should stay were you put it. It's not exactly in the other plane but close enough.

If all of these match then we drop the anchor. :D

Jacob D 10-09-2016 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Tincampers (Post 1862147)
Ditto on the floor. Modern fridges are not that sensitive to an out of level condition. If you are comfortable then the fridge should be fine. The iPhone app works great. You'll find it with the compass app. Slide left or right and it'll change to the level app.

I don't know about modern fridges but ours is 50 years old. Yes, I hold my breath a little every time we use it but I count its longevity to the fact that we have never let it run more than 15 or 20 minutes out of level. I use a 3 ft level across the A-frame then level front to back with a small stick-on level on the side near the door. In neither case do I allow the bubble to be more than 1/4 bubble out of level. I then double check with a round bubble level on the counter top immediately above the reefer to ensure that no part of the bubble is outside the inner circle. I have checked the level of the reefer itself with several torpedo levels over the years and compared to the round bubble level so I know it is truthful. You can bet if the reefer is level you will sleep level and you can be sure the reefer won't be damaged by operating out of level.

Another thing we do is run steel wool up and down inside the steel flue pipe after covering the burner with foil once or twice a year. This removes any scale that has built up and helps ensure even heating. In our older model, scale can build up even if only electric heat is used. I don't know if this is really important or not but having been taught it many years ago and having so far no problems I find it simple enough to do anyway.


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