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Old 11-12-2011, 07:31 PM   #1
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Leveling on Slight Incline Help

We are trying to auto-level our coach on the driveway, which has a slight incline. We have backed into the drive. When the auto levelers deploy, the front wheels are off the ground about 3". I know that the wheels are not supposed to be off the ground, so what is the solution? Does anyone use ramps or...??? Suggestions will be appreciated.
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if you think the slope is should not require the front tires to be off the ground then do a manual level. Auto may need to be calabrated.
If your driveway requires the front tires to be off the ground then I would build some ramps to drive up on.

that just me though
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We have a similar situation at our home. Front tires on boards & a couple boards stacked under the front levellers allow us to get level.

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Ed and Lori--thanks, we thought small ramps or boards would be the answer. We are novices and I am so afraid of breaking something!!! LOL. I appreciate your responses.
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Ottffss--we don't have a DP; it's a gasoline Bounder. Oddly enough, both the salesman AND the technician at the dealership used the automatic function on the levelers and both times the front tires were off the pavement. I asked and they said the levelers had been calibrated, but I think they were both full of beans. Thanks for your response.
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We are trying to auto-level our coach on the driveway, which has a slight incline. We have backed into the drive. When the auto levelers deploy, the front wheels are off the ground about 3". I know that the wheels are not supposed to be off the ground, so what is the solution? Does anyone use ramps or...??? Suggestions will be appreciated.
Far better to have weight off the fronts, since they aren't braking the coach anyway.

Wooden blocks or Lynx Levelers will be fine, under the front tires. Chocks under the rear tires wouldn't hurt.

Folks, a question: should the front jacks also have blocks underneath, so they don't get hyper-extended and risk bending?
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Wen the MH is on the levelers and it is SUPPOSED to be level........check it with a carpenters (or masons) level.

You may also be able to raise the front say 1.5 inches higher than needed.......then put board(s) under front tires and then lower the front until level. To raise it beyond the scope of the levelers put some robust blocks under the leveler "feet" so that you can get the front tires supported with the board(s) under the front tires.
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Wen the MH is on the levelers and it is SUPPOSED to be level........check it with a carpenters (or masons) level.

You may also be able to raise the front say 1.5 inches higher than needed.......then put board(s) under front tires and then lower the front until level. To raise it beyond the scope of the levelers put some robust blocks under the leveler "feet" so that you can get the front tires supported with the board(s) under the front tires.
Not needed if you have an HWH system that's correctly sized for the rig. We have 4 12,000# jacks. Spartan, Newmar and HWH all say it's OK to have the front tires off the ground for extended time periods. Been doing it that way for 8 years now with no problems.
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Not needed if you have an HWH system that's correctly sized for the rig. We have 4 12,000# jacks. Spartan, Newmar and HWH all say it's OK to have the front tires off the ground for extended time periods. Been doing it that way for 8 years now with no problems.
Mr/ D Maybe you should look at the OP's post stating they have a gasoline Bounder.......I think it's #5
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Mr/ D Maybe you should look at the OP's post stating they have a gasoline Bounder.......I think it's #5
Correct. Since she's got a gas Bounder (like us), she's probably got Atwood Levelegs (also like us).

I also agree, chocks behind the rear tires for extra assurance.

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Thanks for all the advice! I appreciate the responses.
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Correct. Since she's got a gas Bounder (like us), she's probably got Atwood Levelegs (also like us).

MY Bounder has HWH. I would like it if the tires were off the ground when I set it up for long periods, like now. I live in it at my work.

I do place a 2x6 under all the feet, so I can get it up higher, and take weight off the tires, as much as I can.

If you put wood under the tires, be SURE to have wider pieces than the tires. You WILL ruin a tire using 2x4s.

When tires sit for long periods with weight on them, the steel belts inside them will get a "flat spot" at the place where the ground meets the rubber. That is why, when you first start driving the vehicle (any vehicle, trailer, car, MH, etc) after a long setting time, you 'feel' a bumping in the tires.

Usually, after several miles, the heat will cause the tires to 'round out' again.

But, if they don't 'reset', you can have a problem, and have to get new ones.
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OK, what is "HWH"? (Newbie here. ) I'm not sure what brand the levelers are; all my manuals are locked in the coach and I'm not going back out there tonight...haha.
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HWH is another brand of levelling systems - they're hydraulic or air. Atwoods are electric.

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On edit, there's a possibility SarahW would have hydraulic jacks. I do remember at the FMA Rally hearing FW was going to go back to hydraulic jacks but I don't know if those have trickled down to the Bounder level yet.
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