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Old 06-04-2015, 07:50 PM   #57
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I think this has been beaten into the uneven ground


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Old 06-05-2015, 03:37 AM   #58
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Does anyone have a picture of the BAL
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:42 AM   #59
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Not that I endorse jacking from the axle but in fairness its a safety warning Byron. It does not indicate that damage to the axle may occur by doing so.

Having said that, I think best practice is to jack from the frame for stability reasons if nothing else.

I really like the Anderson leveling system. A bit pricey at around $40 but they are compact, easy to use and it works extremely well.
I have an Anderson. It is very easy to use and doesn't take up a lot of space. It only goes to four inches, if you need to go higher just put a board or lego under it.
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:15 PM   #62
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What exactly is the problem? If that part of the Wal-Mart parking lot isn't level you just move to a part that is. Right?

I have used the lego blocks for many, many years and they work fine. I used them in the past to level a 38 ft. school bus camper. Now I use them to level a 3 meter scamp. Handle both jobs just fine.

They can be a bit annoying about scooting out as you back onto them on some surfaces. Do require a bit of guessing as to how many "steps" you need to get level but accuracy for that task comes with experience. At one time I had a few pieces of plywood cut to go under them for that extra 1/2 step or for soft ground.

Anything that "levels" off of the wheels is going to have some give, that after all is what a suspension does. The tongue and rear stabilizers help with that but only going off the frame eliminates it. Frame leveling is just not worth it to me unless I was going to be someplace for a good long while. Even then I would want jack stands under the frame on the high side as well as on the low side to supplement the jack.

Digging the high side down is something that I think would rarely be appropriate in a rustic setting and might well get you some flack in a state or private park. I suppose in some sand or sand & gravel environments it would be ok, provided you replaced your divots when you pulled out.
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Quote: "What exactly is the problem? If that part of the Wal-Mart parking lot isn't level you just move to a part that is. Right? "


1. Most WalMart parking lots are not level, they are sloped for: a)drainage and b) to be sure that shopping carts that weren't returned will crash into someone's vehicle when they try to find their way home.


2. Using stabilizers or leveling blocks in WalMart parking lots is considered to be in poor form as one is "Parking" not "Camping". One of the reasons that some lots are closed to overnighting is due to damage done by larger behemoths motorhome owners that press a button and all four leveling rams go down and damage the pavement on hot days. When asked about this, their usual comment is usually something like "It's our RIGHT to be level in America".
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Digging the high side down is something that I think would rarely be appropriate in a rustic setting and might well get you some flack in a state or private park. I suppose in some sand or sand & gravel environments it would be ok, provided you replaced your divots when you pulled out.
How about shoveling some dirt under the low side? No digging required, just move it around some.
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I try not to dig up the ground. I bring lengths of wood because I'm too cheap to buy the leveling blocks. I've got a couple of 2x6s and a couple of 1x6s. So far, they've handled all the uneven territory I've camped in.
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So, what have we learned from this series of posts about methods for leveling your camper. As I see it:
You can use a jack but not if it looks like it will slip off, leak fluid, or bend the axle you are attempting to raise.

You can use wooden boards, but not if it is expected to rain.

You can use Legos if you have enough of them along. If you don't, then also use wood blocks for fine-tuning additional height.

Jack stands are OK if you don't mind having to crawl under the vehicle to position them

You can use a shovel for digging a depression, but only if it does not result in an actual hole

Scissor jacks are OK if you are good at holding it in position under the trailer while also cranking it up.

Anderson Levelers are nice if you are into color, as well as expensive.

If you have been using stabilizers for leveling or jacking on one corner of the camper, don't do that or you will end up with a twisted-sister camper body or something.

You can use a BAL leveler if you have a light trailer, like carrying around clunky items, and you are setting up on a hard, parking lot-type surface and have half a day to get it ratcheted only a few inches high. Why don't they ever demonstrate it's use on softer soils?? I love the concluding comment in one of the U-Tube videos, “If, with the BAL leveler fully extended, the camper is still not level “Side to Side”, lower and remove the BAL leveler. You will need to reposition your camper to a site that is a bit more level.” You think??

Who knew there is actually a protocol for the use of leveling blocks in Wal-Mart parking lots.

Axle companies don't like people lifting trailers by any of their “running gear suspension”, whatever that includes!

Imaginative laws of physics, heretofore completely unknown to mankind come into play on axles when a wheel hits a pot hole at speed. They were pulled out of somewhere but I am pretty sure it was not from a physics textbook.
From a prior post, “Two major ways to learn stuff, the easy way by reading or other forms of information intake, or by the school of hard knocks.” After reading some of these posts, I'm not sure which if any, is the better method in this case.

Have you ever heard of the pioneers leveling their covered wagons at night with a BAL? Nope, me neither! Have you ever seen pictures of Indians leveling their tipis with screw jacks? I don't think soo. Can you imagine if Indians were plagued with tribal trial lawyers who required warning tags cautioning against jacking any tipi wooden “structural supports”.

Therefore, for any true RVer, my favorite method is I believe, still the best - Leveling the camper by backing up over a few smaller stones found at the site. The round ones are best as they aren't as sharp on the tires. They say so much about the owner's RVing skills and shows other campers who is top dog at the park. They are historically authentic to the camping experience, cheap, ecologically friendly, and you don't have to carry them around. I suspect the reason you don't see that method used very often, so many just are not up to that skill level! What are the schools teaching kids today anyway??

Finally, another little known fact - cartoonists who draw comic strips and greeting card messages about old people get their inspiration for characters by reading posts on RV sites. Yup, you can trust me on that!
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Quote: "Who knew there is actually a protocol for the use of leveling blocks in Wal-Mart parking lots"


WalMart offers "Parking", not camping. and it doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to understand that damaging parking lot surfaces will lead to that privilege being suspended for all.


There are several very good Yahoo sites that maintain lists of where parking is still allowed at Wal-Mart stores as well as discuss good manners, something that some seem to lack. As soon as Wal-Mart store management has to deal with overnighter problems at a particular store, the No Overnight Parking signs start to go up.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:28 AM   #68
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We are now up to page 5 and post number 58. This leveling thing seems to have taken on a life of its own. Even Christopher Columbus knew the world wasn't flat so deal with it!

If the process of leveling is so difficult and you can't bring yourself to employ the simple board method I have a suggestion....sell your trailer and buy one of those $100,000+ Class A Motor Homes....they have push button automatic leveling systems!

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Why not just level with a jack?

This has been an interesting thread, and not for the faint-of-heart.

There's some good information for beginners here, if they can separate the wheat from the chaff. And if not, they shouldn't be looking on an Internet forum in the first place.

I've enjoyed the give-and-take and learned a couple of things. In the end we will each do as we think best and live with the consequences of our choices. That's life.

I'm off to Pismo Beach tomorrow. With my Lego blocks.
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Therefore, for any true RVer, my favorite method is I believe, still the best - Leveling the camper by backing up over a few smaller stones found at the site. The round ones are best as they aren't as sharp on the tires. They say so much about the owner's RVing skills and shows other campers who is top dog at the park. They are historically authentic to the camping experience, cheap, ecologically friendly, and you don't have to carry them around.
I've been to many a RV park where there aren't 'smaller stones' around. (What do you do then to level the RV?) And isn't moving 'smaller stones' to fill in a hole, just the same thing as moving dirt to fill in the hole? That is when a shovel comes in handy.
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