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Old 07-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #11
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I have found most RV parks are level or level within minor adjustment. Such as placing the thickness of a 2x4 or less under one of my front jacks. I also have a 1/2 in board that I can place on the 2z4.

So when you pull in check your level at that time. The 5th has some lateral movement in it and the level data will come off my bubble gages. Then I estimate if I need a 2x4 or the 1/2 in. Then I drop my front jacks and put the thickness I need and I have one more 1/2" I used to get closer to the pin hole on the jack, now your 2 front jacks are level ref your 5th wheel and you lift from there, drive out then bubble up with a slight nose up, bubble just off center.

Drop rear jacks til either one just barely touches the ground, then slide in 1/2"s or 2x4 under the opposite side, now they are level.

Now raise the rear to bring the bubble back to center. NOTE you should only need to raise the rear jacks about 1-2 in, you can tell by listening to the motor as it lifts is begins to slow down somewhat...this only take a matter of seconds.

The whole process is fast taking only a few min after you get the truck out from under.

What this does is level out and share the weight across all 8 points, putting just a bit more weight on the f/r jacks.

I do have some places where the ground plane is WOW, like a 8" drop on one side vs the other. When that occurs, I use my digital electronic level* to get the amount of lift I need to level out.



* https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...FYKFaQodfpUF7A

Its $34.99, got mine on sale at Christmas for about $20, even at $34.99 its a good deal. Here is what it will do for you. It have more than one mode of meas, , one of the modes tells you how many inches per foot to get to level. Set on rear bumper on the high side, the x the width of your rig. 1" per foot x 7 = 7 in under the wheels to level up.

I have only found that on one occasion, most of the time its <2 in out of level.

After you have gone thru this a few times you will be a pro...
Great information - Thanks!
I was given direction by one person that said just drop the stands on the landing gear, and don't worry about being in the same number of holes down from the top on each side... which to me could "torque" the landing gear. If I understand what you are saying, use the slabs of wood to make sure that the landing gear is in the same hole on each side... which would then lift the camper evenly.
Thanks again.
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Old 07-17-2016, 06:50 PM   #12
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Great information - Thanks!
I was given direction by one person that said just drop the stands on the landing gear, and don't worry about being in the same number of holes down from the top on each side... which to me could "torque" the landing gear. If I understand what you are saying, use the slabs of wood to make sure that the landing gear is in the same hole on each side... which would then lift the camper evenly.
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Not the same hole, just a hole.

The left leg does not know what the right leg hole is, they go up and down in tandem, but they adjust independently. Its the same hole that gets folk in trouble, now if not level its torqued. Your rig can absorb some torquing, the frame is flexible enough and you have plenty of that as you drive down the road hitting pot holes and speed bumps and most roads are crowned to begin with. I forgot the amount but the center is higher by about 1/2 in maybe 3/4 depending upon the type of road etc. But all roads are built that way in order to drain water quickly.

I drop my front jacks right before I lift off the 5th wheel plate. Then I look to see if both pins can go in, if not how close are they, do I need to add a 1/2" or more. What I do is lift the jack closest to a hole and pin it, then bring it down to ground level, but little load and check my other jack to see how close to a pin hole, if its right at it then lift it a bit and pin, if its more the I slide a spacer under, now the jacks are level.
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:00 PM   #13
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Not the same hole, just a hole.

The left leg does not know what the right leg hole is, they go up and down in tandem, but they adjust independently. Its the same hole that gets folk in trouble, now if not level its torqued. Your rig can absorb some torquing, the frame is flexible enough and you have plenty of that as you drive down the road hitting pot holes and speed bumps and most roads are crowned to begin with. I forgot the amount but the center is higher by about 1/2 in maybe 3/4 depending upon the type of road etc. But all roads are built that way in order to drain water quickly.

I drop my front jacks right before I lift off the 5th wheel plate. Then I look to see if both pins can go in, if not how close are they, do I need to add a 1/2" or more. What I do is lift the jack closest to a hole and pin it, then bring it down to ground level, but little load and check my other jack to see how close to a pin hole, if its right at it then lift it a bit and pin, if its more the I slide a spacer under, now the jacks are level.
Ahhhh... got it now. Sorry to be so slow on this. I have had tow behind travel trailers before this 5th. wheel, where you can adjust all four corners independently.


I am cutting some plywood "shims plates" of various thickness, so I will be ready for my upcoming trip this week.
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Ahhhh... got it now. Sorry to be so slow on this. I have had tow behind travel trailers before this 5th. wheel, where you can adjust all four corners independently.


I am cutting some plywood "shims plates" of various thickness, so I will be ready for my upcoming trip this week.
thanks again!
Not a problem at all, others may have a different approach or another way to skin the cat, this is just my way of doing it, neither right nor wrong. Hope I helped ya and got you started thinking about it.
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