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Old 09-02-2016, 07:31 PM   #1
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Auto vs manual level

I generally use the auto leveling on my coach if the site is fairly level. My parking spot at home slopes left to right quite a bit so I do that one manually. After trying the auto leveling at home I felt like the coach was all over the place. I'm wondering what you guys think. I recently had a guy tell me on my last trip that my front tires were too high and I should always level manually. Thoughts and experiences?

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Old 09-02-2016, 07:44 PM   #2
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I use auto level 99% of the time. Manual if on a site that is way out of level or if I need to raise the coach up enough to get under it. My auto level always seems to be almost perfect when I use it.

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Old 09-02-2016, 08:11 PM   #3
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Try calibrating it. I've calibrated mine, but still seem to have better results going manual. I can usually keep the coach lower using manual also. Real uneven spots I block a couple of wheels too.
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Old 09-02-2016, 09:22 PM   #4
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I use manual level as I can level lower than the automatic seems to.

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Old 09-03-2016, 02:58 AM   #5
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I auto level. Most of the time it can handle the site. If not only then do I manually level.
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:24 AM   #6
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I usually manually level. Same reasons as above: I cam keep the coach lower, prevent wheels from leaving the ground (especially the rear ones), and I find that the auto level is usually somewhat off (though I hadn't heard it could be calibrated ... I need to look in to that)
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:29 AM   #7
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Also same reasons as above, is why I do prefer manual.
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:09 PM   #8
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Some auto systems work better than others, at least in some terrains, so it's hard to generalize for all RVs. And hydraulic systems typically have a greater range of terrain than air leveling, but that varies by chassis too.

My Equalizer hydraulic system generally does quite well, but sometimes when it finishes I have to give it some fine tuning help. And sometimes it ends up higher than really necessary. It's better at adding "A little more up" than figuring out that a little less would yield a better solution. It does, however, drop back down on occasion and re-adjust after figuring out it got too high. I think that happens only when it runs out of jack travel on one leg before it achieves level..
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Old 09-04-2016, 07:24 AM   #9
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So far, my auto level has worked just fine. Never have tried the manual mode. My old coach was all manual, and it was a lot more difficult to get level.
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Old 09-04-2016, 07:43 AM   #10
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I auto level, but then trim manually with the "fridge door swing" method. When the door stays neutral, I'm level.
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Old 09-04-2016, 01:47 PM   #11
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I always us auto level.i try and find a site that is close to level. If the site is to far out of level, then the auto level lifts the motor home to high off the ground. I have levels by the side window and one on the dash to find the spot to park.
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:02 PM   #12
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I just installed a Level Mate Pro (see the RV Geeks video on this one) and it sure helps get it level manually. Much more sensitive than the auto leveler and easier to use than a spirit level. Only issue I have is that the Android version doesn't work on my tablet, but is OK on the phone.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:51 PM   #13
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I only have manual level. I have leveled over a 1000 times in the last 16 years and over 135000 miles of travel all over the states (including Alaska) and Canada. It very rarely ever takes me more than two or three minutes to level. I have no clue with all I read on here why this is such an issue unless many do not understand how their system works. I have a round built in level (from factory - National rv 2000 Tropical) to the left of driver by the leveler control which is very accurate. When it shows level, I am level - front to rear and side to side.
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:10 AM   #14
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I have tried to use our manual system. It is too sensitive. One touch moves a jack too much.

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