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Old 08-13-2016, 07:57 PM   #1
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Just set up in a campground on north Vancouver Island for three days. The site I'm on isn't very level. Back wheels with brakes are planted firmly on the ground with the rear jacks only extended enough to stabilize. Left front is fully extended and right front is almost out fully. I am level but I can feel the coach move a bit if I one of us does a fast movement side to side at the front. The front Click image for larger version

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Has anyone had any problems lifting this high for a few days.



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Kuzzy; I've seen it done ,,
JMHO. Can you find a block to put under that tire ?
To take some of the weight off the leveler .
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Nope, did it for 6 months or more at a time for 13 winters with our '02 DSDP with no trouble.
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When I get into that type of leveling I start setting blocks under front wheels to see what fits the add another 3/4 or 1 1/2". Put the front jacks down to stabilize front then raise the rear up to level. Just seems to have better footing/less rocking when all tires have some weight on them.
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We've done it also, but I try to get the wheels on something for the same reason others do, the coach rocks less and seems more stable.
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I've got about six inches of wood under the front jacks plus they are fully extended.
If they weren't stroked out I would raise the front higher, stuff wood under the front tires and then lower to a level position.
A good idea for a bit more stability but no can do.


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Tough on your suspension doing that. If the front jack(s) were to fail, and believe me they do, it would be quite a jolt to everything inside and out. Sorry but I would not park where the jacks were fully extended and maxed out. Too dangerous for me.
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Hi all.
Looking for some input from IRV2's vast sea of knowledge.
Just set up in a campground on north Vancouver Island for three days. The site I'm on isn't very level. Back wheels with brakes are planted firmly on the ground with the rear jacks only extended enough to stabilize. Left front is fully extended and right front is almost out fully. I am level but I can feel the coach move a bit if I one of us does a fast movement side to side at the front. The front Attachment 135838Attachment 135839tires are a good six inches off the ground.
Has anyone had any problems lifting this high for a few days.



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Not trying to be a smart a*s but it looks in the picture that if you move the Coach to the drivers side - where you have the truck and the sewer hose the site is closer to level?????? Just that move will likely solve the problem. Then park the truck on the unlevel spot you have the motorhome.

Not to mention being an easier sewer hook up.


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I would store 02 FL chassis coach in our barn with tires off the floor all summer for 10 yrs. Only concern I had was one or more jacks might leak down and twist the frame. Never happen. Was going to use jack stands but never did. Checked it everyday as was always tinkering.
Some will tell you not to get tires of the ground. It will damage the shocks, air bags... what ever...poppy cock. Shocks are made to hang and air bags are soft.
Have seen OTR tractor tires in the air in shops many times.
However never raise rears off ground on slope. Too much unfounded logic out there.
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Not trying to be a smart a*s but it looks in the picture that if you move the Coach to the drivers side - where you have the truck and the sewer hose the site is closer to level?????? Just that move will likely solve the problem. Then park the truck on the unlevel spot you have the motorhome.

Not to mention being an easier sewer hook up.


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I would agree with Busskipper, looks a lot better on the other side of the rv site

JMO I would not have my RV like that
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That site is way bad. Too much of a drop off to that low side. Rearrange the coach on the site or move to another site. IMHO.
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I had a similar site (not hard to find with 43'). I looked through the full set of manuals and the only warning was for the rear because that is the park brake wheels. Nothing about the front.
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Can't help answer with anything concrete but one of the first cautions in my Kwikee manual says this:

"Do not use the Level Best system as a lift for changing tires or working under the vehicle"

Yes, they are strong enough to pick up the coach but at the same time, i don't feel they're meant to be used routinely in this manner. I try my best to avoid raising the wheels off the ground. If i can't move to another more level site, then i bring out the wood blocks to put under the tires.







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Had a good look at the site this morning. It is a bit more level where my pickup is parked or straight back from where I am parked. Both options would cause hookup problems as slinky is left and electric and water is right. Also parking back to far will inhibit others from maneuvering as this is a very small campground with cul de sac style parking. The sites were set up for fifth wheel/trailer back in parking.
Thanks all for the responses.


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