Stablizing/Leveling Trailer While Camping - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-01-2015, 11:46 AM   #1
Member
 
Name: Bryan
Trailer: Scamp
Northern California
Posts: 41
Stablizing/Leveling Trailer While Camping

Hello,

Been seeing photos of eggs while camping with various jacks, leveling devices, wheel chalks, etc.

Other than having the trailer tongue wheel jack on the ground, and the two rear built in stabilizers on my 13' scamp down, should i be putting jack stands underneath other areas of the frame/scamp?

Also, do most people use wheel chalks?

Furthermore, I have seen lots of different leveling kits. like these to level side to side. Kind of leaning toward the Anderson 3604 Camper Leveler.

http://http://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...k_ql_qh_dp_hza

http://http://www.amazon.com/Camco-4...rds=rv+leveler

http://http://www.amazon.com/Tri-Lyn...rds=rv+leveler



Finally, do some of you put a small level on the tongue or elsewhere to know when your trailer is level front and back, or do you just eyeball it?

Thanks, Bryan
__________________

__________________
HAPPYSCAMPER76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2015, 12:23 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
OneOleMan's Avatar
 
Name: Pat
Trailer: Escape 17B Sold 5/2016
Washington
Posts: 112
For a leveler, (side to side), I use the Andersen 3604 Camper Leveler which acts both as the side to side leveler but also the wheel chalk on one side. Using one of these is so much easier than lego blocks. Yes, use wheel chalks on both sides.

Amazon.com: Andersen-3604 Camper Leveler: Automotive

Center small bubble levels right above the belly band both on the side and the front of your Scamp. But do this only after you have verified your Scamp's refrigerator, or floor if you don't have a 'fridge, is level.

Now it's time to get out and have fun.
__________________

__________________
Pat
Life is Good
When "Escaping Reality" Sold 5/2016
2012 4Runner Ltd
OneOleMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2015, 12:28 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Name: Emily
Trailer: 2005 Scamp 16 Layout 7
Colorado
Posts: 456
Registry
We have a stick on level on the front and the door side (and one above the fridge) that the previous owner put there. Makes it super handy for leveling. Something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-Towing...camper+leveler

Our first couple of camping trips, we only used the front tongue jack and the rear stabilizers, but it felt "bouncy" to me, both when we walked inside and when kids rolled over in the bunks at night. We decided to try a couple jacks on each front corner, under the frame, and it makes a world of difference. We use them every time, now! We also use the leveling blocks when needed.
__________________
emij is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
Member
 
Name: Bryan
Trailer: Scamp
Northern California
Posts: 41
Thanks so much, these were exactly the answers I was looking for.
Bryan
__________________
HAPPYSCAMPER76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 09:39 AM   #5
Member
 
Name: Morgan
Trailer: Scamp 16
Colorado
Posts: 55
I've come to really like this round, stick-on level. The glue on the side mount levels tended to sag and become inaccurate over time. This one stays put. I don't remember where I got it. Probably Amazon.

I'm also a big fan of the Anderson 3604 leveler. They work great and are kind of fun to deploy!
Attached Thumbnails
P1000062 (Copy).JPG  
__________________
Morganza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 10:01 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Name: Wayne & Barbara
Trailer: Parkliner
Iowa
Posts: 622
First, the word is spelled C H O C K. chalk is for marking on blackboards.

Always level side to side first. with blocks under the low side tire.
Place chocks front & back of both wheels.
Unhitch from the TV
Lower or raise the hitch jack to level fore--aft.
Drop the rear stabilizers and apply enough pressure on them to reduce rocking.
you will want to have a couple of wood or plastic blocks under the stabs, especially in soft ground.
You can carry a scissor jacks to add under the front right corner, under the frame rail, to reduce rocking when you step in or out of the doorway.
__________________
Wayne Collins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 10:49 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morganza View Post
I've come to really like this round, stick-on level. The glue on the side mount levels tended to sag and become inaccurate over time. This one stays put. I don't remember where I got it. Probably Amazon.

I'm also a big van of the Anderson 3604 leveler. They work great and are kind of fun to deploy!
Before attaching any levels I always carefully level the trailer until the refrigerator is perfect, and then I attach the stick-on levels accordingly.

Gotta say, you would have to luck out using the Bulls-Eye levels as you would have to find a place on the frame that matches the refrigerator, which is not always parallel to the frame, floor or counters. Larger Bulls-Eye levels have mounting screws around the edge and can be shimmed to match the level reading you need.
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 11:36 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Roger C H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: 2009 Trillium 1300 "Homelet"/2014 Subaru Outback "Rosie"
Washington
Posts: 2,172
Registry
Talking Leveling the refrigerator

One of the reasons we don't have a refrigerator.

I understand that the refrigerator is the only thing that has to be leveled.

Perhaps some tanks, black, grey, fresh may need it, but I don't think they are as critical as the refrig.

We have none of those, either.
__________________
A charter member of the Buffalo Plaid Brigade!

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Roger C H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 12:13 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
Actually, I need to be level as well....... so my bottles of adult beverages don't slide off into my lap or, worse yet, onto the floor.... LOL
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 12:40 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Byron Kinnaman's Avatar
 
Name: Byron
Trailer: 2006 Scamp 13' towed with a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7l Magnum W/full tow package (over kill)
Oregon
Posts: 6,308
Registry
Leveling the easy way.

Here's my method and stuff.
I pull or back into a camp site. Position the trailer where I want it.
LEVELING PROCESS --
1. I have levels mounted on the outside. Look at the one on front.
2. Take out the BAL Small Trailer Wheel Leveler. Put under the low side wheel (it slides under)
3. Crank it up until the trailer is level side to side.
4. Unhook the trailer from the tow vehicle and move the tow vehicle out of the way.
5. Lower the front of the trailer with the tongue jack until the front is about 1/2 bubble low.
6. Deploy the rear Atwood stabilizers making sure they are in contact with ground.
7. Crank up the front with the tongue jack until the trailer is level front to back.
8. Now I light the fridge and pull out a cool beverage and a camp chair. All set to watch what ever vegetation is around grow.

All that takes around 10 minutes.
__________________
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
Byron Kinnaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 02:39 PM   #11
Member
 
Name: Morgan
Trailer: Scamp 16
Colorado
Posts: 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Miller View Post
Before attaching any levels I always carefully level the trailer until the refrigerator is perfect, and then I attach the stick-on levels accordingly.

Gotta say, you would have to luck out using the Bulls-Eye levels as you would have to find a place on the frame that matches the refrigerator, which is not always parallel to the frame, floor or counters.
Yeah, I did luck out on mine. The tongue plate levels perfectly with my fridge. I was amazed.

It's my understanding that leveling the newer model Dometic fridges is not as critical as on older models. I don't know on which model this change took place.
__________________
Morganza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 02:43 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Timber Wolf's Avatar
 
Name: Tim
Trailer: '88 Scamp 16, layout 4
North Florida
Posts: 1,440
I back into site to where I like things. Check level side-to-side and if close or slightly uphill on side our heads are on when sleeping I leave things alone. I use a small torpedo level on the belly band. Since I have a 12V compressor refrig perfectly level is not required. If I need to level I deploy blocks under the appropriate (low) side (I recently bought the Lego style to sub for the scrap wood I had been using). Unhook, level front the back with tongue jack and drop rear stabilizers.

I usually have to add at least a 2X4 under each rear jack to reach the ground. With one of my feet on a stabilizer foot I pick up on the rear bumper of the Scamp to set the stabilizer, then repeat on the other side. Then, I put a screw jack under the trailer frame at the door, a noted weak point in the frame that I have noticed bows down when somebody enters or leaves the trailer. So far, I have not forgotten to remove this jack before departing a campsite, but have when pulling out at home.. The jack fell over and the axle cleared it so no harm no foul.

To be honest, down here in the deep Sout' (South) most of the sites I find are close enough as is (believe it or not). I will admit that have been in some that used all the scrap I was carrying though which is why I treated myself to the Legos.
__________________
Timber Wolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 03:31 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morganza View Post
Yeah, I did luck out on mine. The tongue plate levels perfectly with my fridge. I was amazed.

It's my understanding that leveling the newer model Dometic fridges is not as critical as on older models. I don't know on which model this change took place.


That's easy to determine.

Looking at the back of the refrigerator, there is a tall metal Boiler Cover on the right side of the back of the refrigerator. It is either curved in shape or has square edges.

Curved Shape = Late style. Level enough for comfort is OK and, if it is run out of level, while it can stop cooling, it will self correct after being shut down and level for 4-6 hours.

Square Edge Shape = Early style. Can permanently damage the cooling circuit if run out of level for a long period of time (about 1-2+ hours). Some damage is additive and poor cooling may have been caused by earlier abuse.
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2015, 01:21 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
TheWanderers's Avatar
 
Name: Bill&Laura
Trailer: 1988 Bigfoot Fiver
Kentucky
Posts: 625
Registry
Ok, but here's my question: does everyone use the tongue jack to level front to back or do you add stabilizer jacks to the front? And if you add them, how to get them under with the rear jacks set? Maybe you're using scissor jacks? Never camped before and have our new-to-us Scamp set up in the side yard at home and it seems wiggly on the tongue and the tongue jack doesn't seem all that stable, like leaning to some degree and makes me nervous enough to want to replace the side jack with a center mount jack. Little help for the noob here?
__________________

__________________
"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien
TheWanderers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Leveling a Tandem Trailer Jane P. Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 15 10-22-2017 08:15 PM
Dog Leash Up/Anchor Point In Trailer While Camping/Sleeping: What do you do? CampyTime Modifications, Alterations and Updates 64 10-28-2014 08:02 PM
Leveling a Scamp When Camping CampyTime Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 25 01-12-2014 12:42 PM
Protection while camping (what do you use)? Legacy Posts General Chat 24 07-28-2003 12:47 PM
Leveling your trailer Legacy Posts Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 23 11-10-2002 06:17 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.