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Old 12-03-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Question Leveling the 5'er.

Didn't see a setup category, but where is the best place to check the side to side level? I was thinking on the axle but would a few ideas. And does anyone have an idea/lead on some lightweight composite planks? There has got to be something to eliminate having to carry boards around.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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You can get many different types of RV leveling blocks from many different sources. Walmart, Camping World, Bass Pro Shop etc. They are plastic and come in a vinyl package of 6 or 8. The ones in the picture are at Camping World. Mine are orange and came from Amazon.com but I have seen them in Walmart.

Side to side is normally done with a level that is located on the front of the RV. The one on my camper is small and hard to see from the drivers seat. On the newer 5ers, I have seen, there is a large level which is very easy to see in the rear view mirror. I will probably change mine out next spring.

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Old 12-03-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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Best place to check level? Either inside the refer or I place a bubble level on the stove, either in a pan or directly on top of one of the burners. In my instance the stove and refer are very close so as long as the stove is level the refer is happy. As far as leveling blocks? I'm kind of cheap so I went and bought a 8 foot 2X8 and cut a bunch of 12 inch long blocks out of it. Served me well for the last 10 years, When they break it is no big deal and cheap and easy to replace. IF I forget one, no great loss.
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I level everything to the refer. Then get a set of outside levels you can see and set them based on the refer being level.
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The axles are bowed; no leveling there.
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I level everything to the refer. Then get a set of outside levels you can see and set them based on the refer being level.
I have heard this before. I will double check there and on the rear bumper. I also have a set of stick on level to be installed after I check everything.

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The axles are bowed; no leveling there.
That's what I figured. Thanks for the suggestions.
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I have a big level bubble stuck on the front of my 5er and I use 2x6 wood blocks also. Also have a small stick on level bubble by the front jack switch for easy front to back leveling.
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The best place to check for front to back and side to side would be in the freezer of your fridge. It needs to be level more so than the fiver frame. The fridge will run better and last longer if level. The 5 er should be close if the fridge has been installed correctly. Use a sprit level not a bubble level.
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Right on the king pin. Good for side to side and up/down. Put this one on this summer.
Camco RV Acculevel level - $17.99
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The best place to check for front to back and side to side would be in the freezer of your fridge. It needs to be level more so than the fiver frame. The fridge will run better and last longer if level. The 5 er should be close if the fridge has been installed correctly. Use a sprit level not a bubble level.
A spirit level and a bubble level are the same thing. And I would hope the fridge would be level when the trailer is level, might be worth a double check though, lol!

I forgot to mention I also have some 1x6s also because sometimes a 2x6 is a bit too much for that perfect level.
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Since I made a trip home I picked up some treated boards to use for now. If the rain lets up I'll have everything leveled this evening. Thanks again!
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I use a bubble level app on my Android phone set on the kitchen top. Lately, I've been using 3/4" plywood under the tires rather than 2Xs because they don't split as easily. I've also been thinking of using 3/4" rubber from Tractor Supply. Its a horse stall matt and has to be cut up but certainly would be indestructable.
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The problem with the plastic Lego type blocks is If you do not use them on flat and hard ground, they will sink in and crack.

I still prefer carrying a few pieces of 2 x's or plywood.

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I use a bubble level app on my Android phone set on the kitchen top. Lately, I've been using 3/4" plywood under the tires rather than 2Xs because they don't split as easily. I've also been thinking of using 3/4" rubber from Tractor Supply. Its a horse stall matt and has to be cut up but certainly would be indestructable.
I have the same bubble APP, but got tired of running in and out of the 5'er checking it. Much quicker and easier to see the level from the front. I can see it thru the back window of the truck and tell the wife what to put under which side. Then set the front to back level with the 2nd bubble on it.

I had seen the king pin mount levels and always wondered if they were worth it. IMO it's one of the best things I've bought for the 5'er.
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