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Old 08-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Tire off the ground after levelling

We're at a campground tonight on Day 1 with our new (to us) motorhome. All is going well so far for the most part but I had a tough time using my manual leveling jacks. In fact, the neighbors were so tired of all the racket I was making, they came over to help! One of them got me close enough to level to be comfortable but we have my left front tire about three inches off the ground. Is that OK? How do I avoid doing this? Just tap the other side a bit to even it out?
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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No mention of RV type , Class A , Gas , DP, air suspension ?
Many times one front wheel off is not an issue, BUT you never want to raise a rear tire. Look for a site that is closer to level if you have to raise the rear. Do you have wheel chocks in place?
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:37 PM   #3
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You can lift all the tires off the ground if you need to. I have had my front tires up 2.5ft off the ground. Just make sure you are really close to level. The fridge needs to be level to work good and for longevity.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #4
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It is my understanding (in a class A coach at least) that you should never raise the back tires off the ground, because they are the only ones that are affected by the parking brake, which is what keeps the coach from moving. Risk of bending or collapsing jacks.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #5
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The fridge needs to be level to work good and for longevity.
Not really. You'd be surprised at how far it can be off level with the newer refer units and still be within specs.
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Sometimes you will run into a pretty non level space. I carry some blocks of wood as spacers under the jacks if needed. Not uncommon to have one or both front tires off the ground - this is ok. Rear tires should be on the ground, IMHO. You may find your steps too high off the ground sometimes - a block of wood or one of the commercially build steps are a good thing to carry in case needed.
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Sometimes you will run into a pretty non level space. I carry some blocks of wood as spacers under the jacks if needed. Not uncommon to have one or both front tires off the ground - this is ok. Rear tires should be on the ground, IMHO. You may find your steps too high off the ground sometimes - a block of wood or one of the commercially build steps are a good thing to carry in case needed.
My experience and totally agree.
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2006 National Seabreeze Class A! It is only the front left tire that is off the ground. We've got about half a bubble dead on front to back and left to right and quit while we were "in the ballpark" so to speak. Thanks for all the advice so far - my mind is more at ease!
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2006 National Seabreeze Class A! It is only the front left tire that is off the ground. We've got about half a bubble dead on front to back and left to right and quit while we were "in the ballpark" so to speak. Thanks for all the advice so far - my mind is more at ease!
I routinely have one or both fronts off the ground. You should be fine. If you look closely at my avatar to the left, you'll notice they are.
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Just make sure to lift each side a little at a time so you don't twist the frame to much.
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2006 National Seabreeze Class A! It is only the front left tire that is off the ground. We've got about half a bubble dead on front to back and left to right and quit while we were "in the ballpark" so to speak. Thanks for all the advice so far - my mind is more at ease!
Taint nuthin, I've had the ol' National Dolphin's front tires a foot of the ground many times. The PowerGear jacks can handle anything
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Excellent! Our first night camping in the Seabreeze: this is, almost literally, the greatest night of my life!
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Ok, you are now "hooked", welcome to the the club
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Excellent! Our first night camping in the Seabreeze: this is, almost literally, the greatest night of my life!
Its a great time, isn't it? National made an excellent coach, and you should enjoy many great nights in it.

The previous owner of mine told me the two best days are the day you drive it home, and the day you sell it. I'd have to disagree. Every night I spend in mine is awesome.

I hope you have many awesome nights in yours.
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