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Old 09-19-2018, 11:58 AM   #1
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Leveling jacks

I'm just wondering what other people have been doing with their rvs that don't have automatic leveling jacks installed. My RV dealer tells me that it would cost me $4-5,000 to buy them plus installation which is labor intensive and my motorhome isn't even worth that much. I'd never recover the cost of them I don't think if I decided to sell the coach. Is there an alternative?. What I'm really looking for is something that will stop the motorhome from rocking back and forth as we walk back and forth inside of it when we are parked.

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Rocking back/forth....large thick wedge wheel chocks
Place behind tires then place RV in Reverse to put pressure on wheel chock \
Then place a wedge wheel chock in front of tires and kick/hammer in place as tight as you can BEFORE placing RV trans in park...use parking brake also


Leveling..same old process that has been used forever.....blocks under the tires as needed


Motorhomes due to size, suspension and lack of dual axles (where one can wedge between the two tires) make it difficult to stop 'rocking/motion'
Just the nature of the beast


You could carry extra support jacks and place them fore/aft of rear axle and rear of front axle to minimize movement
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:54 PM   #3
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Rocking back/forth....large thick wedge wheel chocks
Place behind tires then place RV in Reverse to put pressure on wheel chock \
Then place a wedge wheel chock in front of tires and kick/hammer in place as tight as you can BEFORE placing RV trans in park...use parking brake also


Leveling..same old process that has been used forever.....blocks under the tires as needed


Motorhomes due to size, suspension and lack of dual axles (where one can wedge between the two tires) make it difficult to stop 'rocking/motion'
Just the nature of the beast


You could carry extra support jacks and place them fore/aft of rear axle and rear of front axle to minimize movement
The wheel chocks are a great idea. I never thought of that before. Thanks!

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I carried 6 or 8 2x6s cut to several different lengths, 12 - 18 inches..

I didn't use them a lot. I had two bubble levels near the drivers seat, I could normally get reasonably level just by moving the MH a little forward/backward or side to side.

Another aspect of the levelers is stability. without the levelers you can fell it when someone is walking around inside. Not to much of a problem with two people..
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Paul,

We recently had some work done on our rig. Ford V-10 engine. While they were checking things out they noticed our "rear sway bar bushings" were worn off completely. Prior to this when driving down the road the rig rocked back and forth a lot.

They replaced them (roughly $200.) and I cannot believe the difference. This won't completely fix the rocking problem but it could be part of the cause.

Yes, jacks being put on would be around $5,000. We just had new ones put on. It was worth it but we plan to keep the rig. I have seen people put their rigs up on blocks, scissor jacks, and on bricks to stop the rocking. Not sure what will resolve this for you.

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Our '88 Itasca did not have leveling jacks so it would rock when moving around inside. I had several of the large scissor jacks for trailers and would place these under the coach on the frame. A cordless drill with appropriate socket made it easy to extend them. Kinda a hassle for one night but worth it for a couple of days or longer. The jacks are affordable compared to hydraulic levelers.
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The wheel chocks are a great idea. I never thought of that before. Thanks!


In addition to what beamisl suggested about the sway bar bushings, take a look at the entire suspension. Our Monaco rocks because the front coils, rear springs, control arm bushings and shocks are completely shot. It's on my list to replace first thing next year. I'm also going to add Firestone air bags to the rear.
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In addition to what beamisl suggested about the sway bar bushings, take a look at the entire suspension. Our Monaco rocks because the front coils, rear springs, control arm bushings and shocks are completely shot. It's on my list to replace first thing next year. I'm also going to add Firestone air bags to the rear.
I think our shocks are done for also it's on my to do list for sure. I don't know if I can add air bags to this unit but it's something I'm going to check out.
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Paul,

We recently had some work done on our rig. Ford V-10 engine. While they were checking things out they noticed our "rear sway bar bushings" were worn off completely. Prior to this when driving down the road the rig rocked back and forth a lot.

They replaced them (roughly $200.) and I cannot believe the difference. This won't completely fix the rocking problem but it could be part of the cause.

Yes, jacks being put on would be around $5,000. We just had new ones put on. It was worth it but we plan to keep the rig. I have seen people put their rigs up on blocks, scissor jacks, and on bricks to stop the rocking. Not sure what will resolve this for you.

Good luck! Lynne
Thanks Lynne, this is definitely worth checking out.
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I carried 6 or 8 2x6s cut to several different lengths, 12 - 18 inches..

I didn't use them a lot. I had two bubble levels near the drivers seat, I could normally get reasonably level just by moving the MH a little forward/backward or side to side.

Another aspect of the levelers is stability. without the levelers you can fell it when someone is walking around inside. Not to much of a problem with two people..
I carry these to level it out but it doesn't stop the rocking problem when we're inside walking around. It's really not a big deal, I just wondered what other folks did.
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I think our shocks are done for also it's on my to do list for sure. I don't know if I can add air bags to this unit but it's something I'm going to check out.

You can add airbags to anything. There are universal brackets to fit all makes & models.
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I carry these to level it out but it doesn't stop the rocking problem when we're inside walking around. It's really not a big deal, I just wondered what other folks did.
As mentioned previously, after leveling with your blocks you could use some scissor or tripod type stabilizers. I would go for the scissor type because I think they would pack tighter in a storage bay. Or you could set it up like a lot of the travel trailers and bolt/weld them to the frame. I would be sure to have some blocking to go under the stabilizers as well. And I like that idea of running them up and down with the cordless drill.

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