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Old 10-18-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Hand held leveler...any experiences?

Anyone ever use one of these? I have for the last little while, just to double check....but I question if it's always accurate.

My 1st one didn't work at all, so I returned it and got a new one. Seems to work??

They sell at walmart, among others for about $50-60
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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I use a free bubble level app on my Droid and a ping-pong ball on the tile if in doubt.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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I use a plain 6" torpedo bubble level.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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level apps for the iphone....good idea!

I might get a long level, just because you never can be certain that the spot you sit your level on is even level (because we all know how motorhomes are built haha)
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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Level apps for the Droid also. Work fine.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:59 PM   #6
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On our first coach that didn't have automatic levelers I purchased a pair of these and installed one on the front and one on the side where I could see them when I was leveling the coach. I used a regular carpenters level to get the coach level before installing them.

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Old 10-20-2012, 08:47 AM   #7
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x2 on the 6" bubble level.

Pick one spot and use it all the time. Consider this: Place a frying pan on the stove. Put some water in it. See which way the water slopes and make level adjustments. Remember that if the DW is happy, the DH will be happy. After the frying pan water is level, find a spot in the RV, or even use the top of the stove, and always use that spot to level and remember also, this is nothing more than a reference point. If you move the level to several places in the RV you most likely will not find the same degree of levelness.

If you have the stove level, everything else will be within spec unless the stove is laying on it's side. Then all bets are off. Your refrigerator can be 6 degrees side to side an 3 degrees front to back off level and still operate, according to the Norcold manual for the 1200 series. Check our book.

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If you have an "auto-level" system, the lights will indicate when you are level. There is a procedure for calibrating them after you have determined the "levelness" of the RV. The manual should have the information on calibrating.
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I discovered that my 2000 Monaco came with a built-in level besides the automatic levelers.

I found it in a little room across from the shower.

A little water in the toilet and it works just like a level.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #9
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Oh! There is that one more level that I briefly mentioned, the dear wife.

Just ask her, "Are we level dear?" She will definitely tell you.

That serves two purposes. You don't have to worry about being level, and she doesn't think you are a know-it-all.


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There is an app that works on the iPhone, and iPad, so it may work on the iPod.

Take a look at RV Companion App. Besides a whole bunch of other stuff that it does it has a bi-level function under the GUI "More," in the app. You just place the device on the floor and it will tell you how high you have to raise any side, front, or back. It's neat and can be calibrated.
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When I first got my Motor home I mounted a pair of Hoppy Levels (Bubble levels designed to be mounted on the outside of a trailer, Hoppy is the brand) one under the driver's side window the other on the dash.

Good thing: My Power gear system crapped on me, So I built a manual jack control system for fifty bucks... (4 switches, a relay and an indicator light)

Kind of happy with the result of that, The levels let me knwo which switch to switch.
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I posted before a light bulb went off telling me to search the app store. That's why I deleted my post. I found two free ones rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars. Work great.

I also found a couple of db meters that got good ratings. I was going to buy one from The Shack to use to compare my generator to my buddies. I built a Genturi and added a muffler.
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I have a 2 - bubble level in my Breeze side console. You can calibrate it and it has a neat dial that has numbers that indicate how much to choke it on the low side. I think it is in inches, but not sure.
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I have a small El cheapo bubble level next to my window on the drivers side. Good enough for us.

I run the jacks down and ask the wife "How's that?". Some of the time I don't even look at the level. It's a non issue as far as I'm concerned.
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I used to lever till the bathroom door stays open. I fixed that with a drawer latch. Now I just level till I don't face plant on the way out.
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