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Old 01-15-2021, 09:58 PM   #1
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Camper off truck leveling

Ok all you seasoned truck camper folks, I have question. Here in our park are some folks with an older Lance camper. It is off the truck sitting on the jack's. The front end of the camper is at least 8 - 10 inches higher than the back end. You can see the slope visually. The owner says that is the way the previous owner told him how to set it up. It seems like it would be extremely uncomfortable to live in and hard on the fridge. Please tell me that this not the way it should be setup.
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yeah I never heard that one and I owned three campers, the last being a rather large and well equipped Amerigo Snap-n-nap w/ side entry door. I always kept my campers level and can think of no reason, other than maybe a rather extreme water leak, to have the thing tipped back like that. Of course itís been a couple decades so maybe things have changed.....
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Ok all you seasoned truck camper folks, I have question. Here in our park are some folks with an older Lance camper. It is off the truck sitting on the jack's. The front end of the camper is at least 8 - 10 inches higher than the back end. You can see the slope visually. The owner says that is the way the previous owner told him how to set it up. It seems like it would be extremely uncomfortable to live in and hard on the fridge. Please tell me that this not the way it should be setup.
If he's got a Dometic/Norcold absorption refrigerator, he's going to damage the fridge by having it so off level for protracted periods of time.
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Check the roof for condition. May be a leak somewhere forward.
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I have owned 3 TC's, years ago. 2 were very large. Side door entry. They were my MOST FAVORITE campers. When I had them off the truck in a cg, I would raise the front maybe 1" to keep the condensate from the a/c running off the back. 8/10" high seems extreme to me. I will raise the front like I used to, maybe 1".
Sometime this spring or summer we are going to buy a Lance 1172, large, side door entry for our travels. We leave our 40' 5er on our snowbird site in central FL.
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Thank you all for confirming my doubts about the unit here in our park. I agree, his fridge isn't going to be happy. Also, it has to be very difficult to live with that slope. Not going to get into it with the owner, this was just for my edification.
Thanks again for all of your wisdom and sharing!
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Sometimes it could be handy to raise the front slightly to keep the camper from toppling forward with weight in the cab over area. Not sure if this is necessary depending on camper model and Cg location.
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Unless you are storing sand bags in your cab over bed or the ground is soft, there is no concern of the camper falling forward.
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was thinking the same thing.
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It's not soft ground, might be water runoff issue, but my strong suspicion is that it is just operator inexperience and lack of knowledge and proper training from PO. Thanks again!
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I'm new to owning a TC but When I unload in my driveway I was told by lance to keep my front end 4" higher then the rear. My driveway has a 4" elevation difference. Lance said if ground is uneven always keep the front higher.
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Camper off truck leveling

Thats pretty much standard for all campers. I keep mine about 2Ē nose high of level when loading or unloading.
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I can see the front being high while LOADING and UNLOADING but while at a CG I would lower it for easy in and out but would want my bed level or a smidge head high but not 8 inches high.
If they are still around you might inquire a bit with them, maybe the floor is level, but like others assume I believe they misunderstood something along the way.
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Camper off truck leveling.

Reading this thread I noted that unlevel conditions can cause failure of the refrigerator. I have an older 5er with a Dometic refrigerator that is lately performing poorly. It is seldom used and when parked/stored without refrigerator running I raise the front end all the way up. So, will grossly unlevel hurt the fridge if not running? Thanks all!
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