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Old 01-31-2012, 07:07 PM   #71
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The general rule of thumb is that your wheels should never leave the ground because that eliminates your parking brakes as means to keep you from rolling away.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:35 PM   #72
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The above never off the ground issue pertains to the rear wheels. I have used the coach several times with the front wheels off the ground. I never saw a problem with that. If a diesel pusher with has a parking brake in each wheel than having one rear wheel off the ground should not be a problem. In fact the auto levelers has raised the rear wheel off the ground on the my coach which is sitting in the yard at home.

I have seen several people dug a hole for some of the wheel for leveling. That was not a problem with park people and the hole was filled upon leaving. Of course you need to verify that you can do that in the park where you are staying.

I built a 8 inch high ramp out of 2X8s a few years ago which I used without levelers. They were made wide enough for the rear wheels so therefore they could be used under the front as well. I do no have a picture, but sawed identical triangular pieces from lengths of plank and used three on each ramp, two on the ends and one in the center. I then pieces of plant across for the driving surface, bottom, and the end. I did not use as much wood on the bottom or the end for weight savings. They weight about twenty pounds apiece and were really stiff.
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here's my co-worker's rig today in dtwn l.a. -

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That "looks" acceptable. I'd like to see it from the front view. Is the footprint of the tire totally on the surface. I would also be concerned with the almost 4" rise for the last "bump." I run up on the first four boards like that here in the driveway. It sure is fun getting up there. Maybe another long board on the bottom to get the 5 board height, or even those plastic linx leveling blocks purchased at an RV store (wood is cheaper).

I'd also make sure my jack pads were fully supported, which is about a 12" square area. But just my opinion.

Thanks for the follow up. Do the same to your original post and you should be okay.
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The general rule of thumb is that your wheels should never leave the ground because that eliminates your parking brakes as means to keep you from rolling away.
That's only for the rear wheels as that's where the parking brakes are. No parking brakes on the front axles of any motorhome that I know of.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:03 AM   #76
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Power Gear has this:

WARNING
THIS IS A LEVELING SYSTEM ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO LIFT YOUR COACH’S
TIRE OR TIRES COMPLETELY OFF THE GROUND. ATTEMPTING TO LIFT YOUR COACH
COMPLETELY OFF THE GROUND (FOR EXAMPLE, TO USE THIS LEVELING SYSTEM TO
CHANGE A TIRE) COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE SYSTEM AND SERIOUS INJURY TO
THE PARTIES INVOLVED. IF A TIRE SHOULD REQUIRE CHANGING PLEASE HAVE THE
PROPER EQUIPMENT AND CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL.



OPERATION CAUTION NOTES!



CAUTION CHECK THAT POTENTIAL JACK CONTACT LOCATIONS ARE CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS OR DEPRESSIONS BEFORE OPERATION.



CAUTION KEEP PEOPLE CLEAR OF COACH PRIOR TO TURNING THE LEVELING SYSTEM ON AND WHILE LEVELING SYSTEM IS IN USE.



CAUTION NEVER EXPOSE HANDS OR OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY NEAR HYDRAULIC LEAKS. HIGH PRESSURE OIL LEAKS MAY CUT AND PENETRATE THE SKIN CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY.



CAUTION PARK COACH ON REASONABLY SOLID SURFACE OR JACKS MAY SINK INTO GROUND. ON EXTREMELY SOFT SURFACES, USE LOAD DISTRIBUTION PADS UNDER EACH JACK.



CAUTION NEVER LIFT THE WHEELS OFF THE GROUND TO LEVEL THE COACH.

Now do you really expect anyone to read the instructions on anything in an RV....
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thanks for the tips Wayne. compartment space is limited with work equipment we bring along that's what jack blocks are not 12X12 but i'm thinking i might change that.

and yeah, i use the ol' "two-foot driver" method getting up ramps - one on gas, one on brake and gently release brake while easing on the throttle.

more pics as soon as i get more unfriendly parking situations.

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