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Old 03-22-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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Entrance inclines

Departing next week for our 4k mile shake down, going to push every button and try all the switches and see what works and remember what they all do. I have a concern about pulling into many stores along the way because so many entrances have an incline, I am worried about dragging on the way in and out. Most class c rv come with wheels on the rear for that reason. Any thoughts or words of experience? I would hate to do damage before its even two weeks old.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:05 AM   #2
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I assume you have a trailer hitch and that is what will drag. We've dragged the trailer hitch on both the old class C and the new class A, does not damage anything except the paint. At our current house's driveway the hitch drags every time we leave! Just make sure you're going fairly slowly and you'll be OK. You can buy a wheel that fits on the trailer hitch, but my experience is that because it's lower it drags even more!
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I had this happen to me only once on my Beaver in 65,000 miles. Because I have a tow bar with a height-reducer to match my car height, the only damage was to the bottom of the height-reducer and the safety cables. Having done that, I think that next time I will be more observant and not pull in where there is such a big entrance dip. The vast majority of entrances will not cause any problems, but beware of any that have a big difference in height along their path.
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Not sure what coach your getting.....never drug the rear but the front has scraped a couple times.
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If you can't avoid the incline, make sure you go over it at an angle.
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If you can't avoid the incline, make sure you go over it at an angle.
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AHAUL--

You might want to take a look at the thread that I posted sometime back "Confessions of a Newbie" --One of the bigger mistakes that I made was when I pulled into one of those parking lots and there wasn't enough room to go in at an angle. The exhaust that USED TO BE on my aqua-hot ended up in the back of my pickup truck after I retrieved it from the parking lot--Oh well, I never liked that thing blowing hot air on my 50 amp electrical cord anyway

You are very wise to think about this in advance--these coaches from the front axle to the drive axle have a clearance of about 9" of height and that ain't much when they are as long as they are. As far as dragging the trailer hitch, well, see the same post--you can cut your safety chains in half with the hitch

Whatever you do, if you have to wonder whether you can do it or not---DON'T

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