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Old 08-22-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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Setting Ride Height - Diesel Pusher

I know when checking and adjusting ride height the motorhome should be "level". My question is how level does it need to be? Would a slope of 1/8" per foot out of level be too much? Conceptually to me it doesn't seem that being a little (or even a fair amount) out of level would have any impact on how the ride height valves function.

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Old 08-22-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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You might do better posting on chassis manufacture forem.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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I don't think it matters because ride height is the dimension between the axle and frame rail or another part of the chassis that does not move when the suspension is doing its job. It is not a dimension from the coach to the ground. At least that is how I understand it. But you should be fairly level, not way out of kilter. Side to side pitch would matter much more especially if one corner of the coach is lower than the rest since the your ride height will be off and pushing on that corner once your are back on level.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:32 PM   #4
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Just set it to the manufacturer's spec.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:32 PM   #5
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Pull up on cat scale, slip under take your measurements.

THose scales are 99.9% level

adj go back on, you need not pay because you're not weighing

1/8 maters it throws weight to or from that point
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:23 PM   #6
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Pull up on cat scale, slip under take your measurements.

THose scales are 99.9% level

adj go back on, you need not pay because you're not weighing

1/8 maters it throws weight to or from that point
I stand corrected, it does matter I reread my notes. It must be level to set ride height
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input. I think being level side to side especially for the axle with a single height control valve (mine is the front axle - Freightliner XC) is fairly important but front to rear being a little out of level conceptually to me doesn't seem like it should matter. Even with the single valve, averaging the measurement on the two wheels and making sure that it is in spec seems like it would result in the right setting. All that theory said, I'll try to find a convenient and level spot to set the height then confirm it on a scale when I check my weights (good suggestion on the scale being a near perfectly level site).

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Old 08-22-2014, 11:49 PM   #8
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Ride height affects the angle of the driveshaft from the transmission to the rear end. Having a short driveshaft makes it important to have the correct ride height to prevent undue stress on the U joints
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