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Old 02-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Leveling System

Its me again, we just took delivery of our New Jayco 2011 365 BHS, great camper! We went out last weekend for the first time and really learned a lot. I need to purchase a leveling system. I will not spend another minute backing ove 2x4's. Can someone please let me know what system is the best and most cost effective way to level up a fifth wheel camper. Keep in mind we only use it maybe 12 - 15 times a year on long or planned weekends. I know it can be done for a lot less than a $6k Bigfoot system. Man do I want my cake and eat it to or what! A little help designing a simple system would be appreciated from some seasoned 5er's.

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Old 02-24-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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I don't think you are going to get level side to side without some type of blocking or spending a lot of money. We bought the linex blocks at Wall Mart.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:31 PM   #3
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The Titan Leveling system is a good system, all electric and pretty fast.

If you can install it youself you can shop the web and get the system for under $2500

http://www.riecotitan.com/groundcontrol.html
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:37 AM   #4
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A leveling system would be nice.

If you get a set of light weight leveling blocks, within a few times of going out you will see its not so bad. We only boondock so it's rare we find a level spot. One thing that helped me the most is I put a large level bubble on my pinbox so I can see when I'm level while driving.

If you find an inexpensive leveling system that you like, I would love to hear back from you.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:47 AM   #5
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With a TT you will find a leveling system at the corners will only flex most frames and not really level. With a MH the leveling system is at each of the tires and acts like the leveling blocks and the frame is not flexed.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #6
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Congrats on the unit. I have the same one and have an acculevel mounted to the king pin. It's a Camco product and I can see it clearly from my rear view mirror. I just back in or pull through the site check the bubble and every mark is one 2x12 needed toward level. I have them cut in 24" pieces so handling them is easier. I simply back up, insert the required boards and pull up on them.

Having wider boards in shorter lengths makes it very easy and gives a good footprint as well. Usually I have the unit level side to side within 3-5 mins.

As for the auto levelers you might want to check with Jayco first before adding them as it might void a frame warranty if you flex the unit while on them. Having units 40ft long also may require 6 points of contact.

I looked at something a few months ago but that was only for the landing gear as it had a memory that auto adjusted for hook up and detachement. Was not a complete leveling type add on.
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Congrats on the unit. I have the same one and have an acculevel mounted to the king pin. It's a Camco product and I can see it clearly from my rear view mirror. ...
I have an Acculevel on my trailer.

The older it gets, the less accurate it is. The ball does not move freely in the tube anymore. I no longer rely on it.

I have already replaced it once.

I will not install one on my next trailer.

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The more practice at it, the better you get at guessing the size of leveling blocks you need. As for automatic levelers, we have a fellow racer who has a 5ver that actually has hydraulic levelers on it. They pump fast and level quick. Big money though.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for your input all who replied, I have looked on line and came to the conclusion that it is big money but probably worth it in the long run. I will have to get one of those levels for the pin box and try that with the 2x12 slabs first to see if i wnat ot contend with it. Thanks again, I do appreciate the feedback.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:55 PM   #10
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Update on my level mount on the pinbox 3'senough suggested......I was never so mad at myself to find that the one side is adjustable, nowhere on the packaging does it tell you this and I found out when removing the screws that hold it on, that it is slotted for adjustment, I noticed it was listing to one side very heavy and was going to remove it and drill another hole only to find what I found....... installation is easy if you know what your dealing with, I am kind of a perfectionist about installing something.....everything has to asthetically appear level in conjunction with its surroundings so I cant stand little systems that allow for less than tolerable manufacturing and construction quality. Anyway I got it installed and it looks great, can't wait to put it to use. I also installed a garage shelf in my unit, I will post some pics when I get it finished, all I have left is the selection of the correct material for the actual shelf. I was able to hang the fold up ladder out of the way and in a holder of its own, the trays for the sewer hose and water hose. It will be nice to have that organized feeling! :lizard:
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