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Old 10-10-2020, 11:08 PM   #1
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Levelers vs Non-Levelers

We have found a coach we like and is priced well, but it does not have any levelers. Not excited about the idea of driving up and down on lego blocks to level the coach out. Am I overthinking this topic, which is causing me to possibly pass on what otherwise looks to be a good deal and nice coach.

We have no plans of disperse camping and in most cases we will be staying in designated campgrounds with hookups.

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First thought is: is it priced well enough to allow adding levelers?

Second, a comment. We've been leveling trailers on wood or Lego blocks for almost 40 years. This month we are getting our first motorhome (used) and it too doesn't have levelers. It is coming with a Levelmate Pro and from what I've read it will tell me how many inches to raise which corner.

We'll be saving our pennies in the meantime towards a leveling system.
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First thought is: is it priced well enough to allow adding levelers?

Second, a comment. We've been leveling trailers on wood or Lego blocks for almost 40 years. This month we are getting our first motorhome (used) and it too doesn't have levelers. It is coming with a Levelmate Pro and from what I've read it will tell me how many inches to raise which corner.

We'll be saving our pennies in the meantime towards a leveling system.
Here is a link to the unit. Your thoughts on pricing w/o levelers?
https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/201...4.1-5014029165

Seller claims their sell today bottom price is $56,800. NADA has a high retail of around $63K
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We’ve had a trailer and Class C without levelers. Our two fifth wheels and our current motorhome have them and I can’t imagine going back to not having them. They are certainly a convenience, but one I think is worth it. You can probably add them aftermarket for around 5K so take that into account on the pricing.

It is really nice to pull in, hit the auto level, throw out the slides, plug in power and water and grab a beer.
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Old 10-11-2020, 05:35 AM   #5
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We spent 10 years leveling a trailer with blocks-what a pain. And that was only side to side. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to have all four corners to use blocks to level. Keep shopping for a MH with a hydraulic leveling system. You will be glad you did.
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You want levelers!!!!!!
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I would want levelers. Looking at the price and age, I think you have lots of other options, especially if you're not locked into buying something as short as the Axis. In that price range, you could find a good used 29' Newmar Bay Star or Winnebago (not their bottom end stuff) and the quality of the rig will be much better than the Axis. I think if you look for a Tiffin, the length will be a bit longer, but again they are high quality gas motorhomes.

But, if you really like the Axis, then see if it's cost effective to add the levelers or are you better off looking for a different rig. Take your time and really think it out before you pull the plug!
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You can add hydraulic leveling jacks to most motorhomes. Check on the pricing nad see if the RV is worth the addition.

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Maybe the owner is getting rid of it because he doesn't like not having levelers.
They are right on top of my "must have" list.
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Here is a link to the unit. Your thoughts on pricing w/o levelers?
https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/201...4.1-5014029165

Seller claims their sell today bottom price is $56,800. NADA has a high retail of around $63K
What a coincidence, the coach we bought without levelers is a 2018 Axis 25.3. My dealer quoted me
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As I was saying before I accidentally hit send, my dealer said I could get cheap levelers installed for about $3K but he recommended a better quality kind at $4,500. As for whether the price is good, the 24.1 seems to be the most popular Axis model so there should be lots on the market to compare.
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We have had two class Cs without leveling jacks and it was not much of an issue. With the shorter wheel base I could often find a spot on the campsite where we didn't need blocks. I also got good at estimating the blocks needed when we did need them. With a 35+ft class A, levelers are needed because you take up most of the site.
Your Thor Axis probably does not have an abundance of OCCC. Can you afford to give up several hundred pounds of cargo so that you can have jacks?
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There are two considerations regarding no levelers. 1st is obviously the leveling issue. 2nd, and something you'll either get used to, or will increasingly bother you, regards stabilizing your coach while at your campsite. Without the levelers, whenever anyone moves in the coach, it's going to react in some fashion. That will be most noticeable during the quietest times of the day.
If it was me, I'd look for a RV with levelers, but only you can say if something like that fits in your budget for now. If not, buy it if you like it, and get out and enjoy it. The future always presents more choices.
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