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Old 08-18-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Old school leveling tips

Brand spanking new Class C - my first w/o auto(or manual) levelers. I am sure you guys have some tips for me. I have owned a TT previously which wasn't too challenging to level as you had an axis to help with front to back.

So first of off, I have a bubble level that I have now with a couple of stick on levels for the coach too. However, I am not sure where to put them. Front middle, back middle? Or does it really matter for left to right as long as you put them on when it is level? Then what about front to back? Front of coach, back, middle?

Then since I have one axel in the back with 2 tires. Do I put the blocks under each tire? Or just one?

And what about the front - Seems to me the suspension may or may not take some of the intent of putting a block under?

And also do you find yourself putting more blocks that what I might have used for my TT? I have one set - might I need another.

I am taking my first trip to the local state park on Thursday and trying to get a few pointers to help speed up the process.

Waiting to hear from you guys - thanks in advance.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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Old school leveling tips

Congrats on the new C.

1. Load it with all the items you intend to travel with (not food or such).

2. Drive it to a level surface.

3. Check the level in the freezer and stove; then check the floor. If all are very close to the same reading than I use two small levels that I stick to the outside driver side for the left-to-right level near the bottom trim and immediately around from it on the driver side of the coach for the front to back. This gives you an easy eyeball once on the site.

4. You need to move the coach on the site to get as level as possible.

5. Always put leveling blocks under both wheels. I use the plastic lego kind, but many just us 2 x 6s. In any case, the idea is to get as level as possible.

You will still rock when someone walks but that is the nature of the coach without levelers.

Good luck.
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Congrats on the new C.

1. Load it with all the items you intend to travel with (not food or such).

2. Drive it to a level surface.

3. Check the level in the freezer and stove; then check the floor. If all are very close to the same reading than I use two small levels that I stick to the outside driver side for the left-to-right level near the bottom trim and immediately around from it on the driver side of the coach for the front to back. This gives you an easy eyeball once on the site.

4. You need to move the coach on the site to get as level as possible.

5. Always put leveling blocks under both wheels. I use the plastic lego kind, but many just us 2 x 6s. In any case, the idea is to get as level as possible.

You will still rock when someone walks but that is the nature of the coach without levelers.

Good luck.
Cool - that makes the most sense. By the drivers door...dughhh...I have the legos from my TT...yea - I suspect the rocking won't be too bad until we the grand munchkins come with us. Thanks for the great tips.
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I agree with all here. I had a TT and I know what you mean, easy to level. Then I had a class C. I used 2x6 and 2x12. Important to put them under both rear duals. 2x6 on the front if necessary. I used oak instead of pine as the pine may split, I had that happen. Carry extras if you have room. Just get as level as you can, no need to be perfect. I never had any problems with refrig not working.
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I have seen some people build some nice 2x6 drive on ramps that have 3 or 4 height options.
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For the front I use drive on ramps and the legos for the back. I just take a torpedo level and place it on the countertop and the floor to see where I need to level. Most times I can eyeball it pretty close.
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Congrats on the new C.

1. Load it with all the items you intend to travel with (not food or such).

2. Drive it to a level surface.

3. Check the level in the freezer and stove; then check the floor. If all are very close to the same reading than I use two small levels that I stick to the outside driver side for the left-to-right level near the bottom trim and immediately around from it on the driver side of the coach for the front to back. This gives you an easy eyeball once on the site.

4. You need to move the coach on the site to get as level as possible.

5. Always put leveling blocks under both wheels. I use the plastic lego kind, but many just us 2 x 6s. In any case, the idea is to get as level as possible.

You will still rock when someone walks but that is the nature of the coach without levelers.

Good luck.
Exactly what we always did when we had our Class C. Just stick the levels where you can see them when you are parking. I had one to my left on the door and another right in front on the dash for side to side. Sometimes just moving the coach a bit can help achieve level without any blocks or wood.
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You can add an auto leveling system like I did...

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Stove Top

I try and use the stove top for level. Either with a small level or by putting skillet on top with a small amount of water in it. When stove top is level, I am good to go. Also put the small sticky levels on dash in front of driver, so I can see where level is from drivers seat. That helps when moving around camp site looking for level. Hope this helps.

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I have a bubble level that I have now with a couple of stick on levels for the coach too. However, I am not sure where to put them. Front middle, back middle?

Then since I have one axel in the back with 2 tires. Do I put the blocks under each tire? Or just one?

And what about the front - Seems to me the suspension may or may not take some of the intent of putting a block under?

Waiting to hear from you guys - thanks in advance.
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I have bubble levels mounted so I can see both the side to side and front to back level were I can see them from the drivers seat while parking or leveling with my hydraulic controls.

Level the refrigerator, which is the most critical, then attach put them on when it is level.

Always block both duals on one side equally to prevent one overloading one tire.

I don't undrstand the "what about the front - Seems to me the suspension may or may not take some of the intent of putting a block under" question.
Blocks under the front tires will lift the front if it is low, (the suspension has little do with leveling with blocks}.



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I try and use the stove top for level. Either with a small level or by putting skillet on top with a small amount of water in it. When stove top is level, I am good to go. Also put the small sticky levels on dash in front of driver, so I can see where level is from drivers seat. That helps when moving around camp site looking for level. Hope this helps.

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What a great idea....I could put some temp small levels inside by the driver side to a quick spot check of what needs to be done. The stove idea is good too.

I put 2 on the outside drivers side yesterday with double stick adhesive. My driveway was pretty level, confirmed with bubble level in various places in the MH. Didn't try in the fridge or stove. Gotta be pretty dern close.

Thanks guys.
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I don't undrstand the "what about the front - Seems to me the suspension may or may not take some of the intent of putting a block under" question.
Blocks under the front tires will lift the front if it is low, (the suspension has little do with leveling with blocks}.
I was trying to bring the right front up some so I put blocks under that wheel. I just seemed that the suspension absorbed most of the first block without actually raising that side. Had to put a second one to get the bubble to move it seemed. That is all I was trying to say.
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I try and use the stove top for level. Either with a small level or by putting skillet on top with a small amount of water in it. When stove top is level, I am good to go. Also put the small sticky levels on dash in front of driver, so I can see where level is from drivers seat. That helps when moving around camp site looking for level. Hope this helps.

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When the stove top is level you may not be "good to go"!

Many/(most?) RV stove tops, (as well as, counter tops, tables and floors), are not necessarily level when the refrigerator is level.
As I said earlier, the level of the refrigerator is the most critical.
Attach bubble levels when the fridge is level.

See "Simple Steps to Leveling Your RV":
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