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Old 02-18-2010, 07:49 PM   #1
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Question Leveling question

I am a newbie in the mh nation. I live on 10 acres and have our new to us 2000 journey parked on unlevel road. Its fairly level front to back but sits with one side lower than the other. Is it important to level the mh? It will be there off and on until the ground dries up and I can move it down the hill to my rv pad. Also, when using air brakes to park should I leave the transmission in nuetral? Is it important to block the tires? I keep wondering what will happen if the air gets to low?
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I am a newbie in the mh nation. I live on 10 acres and have our new to us 2000 journey parked on unlevel road. Its fairly level front to back but sits with one side lower than the other. Is it important to level the mh? It will be there off and on until the ground dries up and I can move it down the hill to my rv pad. Also, when using air brakes to park should I leave the transmission in nuetral? Is it important to block the tires? I keep wondering what will happen if the air gets to low?
It is OK to let it sit out of level as long as the Refer is not turned on. Air brakes are not a problem when out of air. It actually is exactly the opposite. Air pressure is used to release the brakes. If no air, the brakes lock on. Trans should be in neutral.
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Thank you, they seemed liked stupid questions but I was concerned,,,thanks again
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Thank you, they seemed liked stupid questions but I was concerned,,,thanks again
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ok, here's one: we have the same problem but front to back. to level (using jacks only) mr. ziffel's rear wheels are about 4" off the ground. besides the obvious problem--that the parking brake only brakes the rear wheels--is there any other potential problem with this arrangement?

we do not have airbrakes; we are on a FRED chassis.
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We also have a leveling question.
When we have our RV stored on our side driveway, it levels itself with the back tires off the ground, maybe 2 or 3"....we have the 3 point leveling system....should we raise the rear jacks so the tires are touching? We dump the air before leveling as recommended in the "book".
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Again, every situation is different. If you are only storing the rig, I would not worry about how level it is. If you are maintaining shore power and have the refer running them it is critical that the rig be level during the storage period.

Now for the rigs that require the REAR wheels to be off the ground for proper level, it is a must that you chock the front wheels with good hefty chocks on both sides of the rig and wheels to prevent the rig from moving in either direction. Without the chocks, you risk some major damage not only to your jacks with a runaway rig but the safety of you and others around you.

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I personally do not like to have wheels totally off the ground for any length of time. Especially the rears because of brakes not being on.

I would try to put something on the ground like this so that the tires are on something solid. You could then put road base leading to them so that it becomes a semi-level drive. These are 6" tall and 16" wide so you could build up something pretty easily that would work.
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I personally do not like to have wheels totally off the ground for any length of time. Especially the rears because of brakes not being on.

I would try to put something on the ground like this so that the tires are on something solid. You could then put road base leading to them so that it becomes a semi-level drive. These are 6" tall and 16" wide so you could build up something pretty easily that would work.
not a bad idea. i could place several of those then build-up front and back with our tractor front-end loader.

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As someone else said as long as the fridge is off, no problem (Well usually no problem) and in fact there may even be an advantage.. I used to store my old trailer very very unlevel, no fridge so I did not have to worry about that but the roof "Drained" way better when it rained.

Now... If you do plan on working in it on and off, You might feel more comfortable if you level it. Just so you know.
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As MandysMan said, your brakes are only on the rear wheels when parked. With rear wheels off ground, you have NO BRAKES active on your rig. My owners manual states that no wheels should be off of some support when jacks are down.
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